Zachary M. Stolz

Zach is a Partner at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick. He joined CCK in 2007 and since that time, his law practice has focused on representing disabled veterans before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Zach received his B.A. from Rockhurst University in 2002 and received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2005.  Prior to joining CCK, Zach worked in the Judicial Appeals office of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) from 2005 until 2007.Zach is the immediate past President of the Court of Veterans Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association and currently serves on the Board of Governors. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Organization for Veterans Advocates (NOVA) and is Vice-Chair of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Veterans Appeals Committee. Zach primarily handles appeals and arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). He has participated in over two thousand veterans’ cases to date.Zach was involved in establishing a partnership between DAV, CCK, and the Harvard Law School to provide representation to veterans at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Through this collaboration, Harvard law students represent veterans, free of charge, before the Court. The partnership’s efforts have led to successful outcomes in four appellate cases to date including a precedential decision in Ausmer v. Shinseki. That case was argued by Harvard law students in a special session with the Court. It was hosted by Harvard and held at the law school campus. The case established important rights for veterans deployed overseas during times of war.

Zach is a nationally recognized expert in the area of veterans law and has lectured extensively throughout the country at bar association events and seminars. He has also lectured at the University of Virginia Law School, the George Washington University Law School, and the Harvard Law School. Zach has argued many precedential veterans court cases both in Washington, D.C. and at various law schools including Yale and Stanford, and he recently argued Doucette v. McDonald at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia.

Areas of Practice

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Complex Litigation
  • Appellate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2006
  • State of Rhode Island, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 2006

Representative Cases

  • Wood v. Peake , 520 F.3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. 2008)
  • Jandreau v. Nicholson, 492 F.3d 1372 (Fed. Cir. 2007)
  • Young v. Shinseki, 25 Vet.App. 201 (2012)
  • AZ v. Shinseki, 731 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2013)
  • Doucette v. McDonald (recently argued)

Oral Arguments

    Copeland v. Shinseki
    Young v. Shinseki
    Wood v. Peake
    Tarver v. Shinseki
    Wood v. DVA
    Ross v. DVA
    Malone v. Shinseki
    Carpenter v. DVA
    Walch v. Shinseki
    Dupuy v. Shinseki
    Belcher v. Shinseki
    Halcomb v. Shinseki
    Fullmer v. McDonald
    Blubaugh v. Shinseki
    Ladd v. Shinseki
    Gilbert v. Shinseki
    Prinkey v. Shinseki
    Guerra v. DVA
    Cullen v. DVA
    Johnson v. Shinseki
    Boza v. Shinseki
    AZ v. Shinseki
    Butts v. McDonald
    Dickens v. McDonald
    Doucette v. McDonald