Barton F. Stichman

Mr. Barton F. Stichman is a Joint Executive Director of NVLSP, which he helped found in 1980. After earning law degrees from New York University School of Law (J.D. 1974) and Georgetown University Law Center (LLM 1975), he has devoted his entire professional legal career to helping veterans and their families get the federal veterans benefits to which they are entitled.

Over the last 38 years, Mr. Stichman has represented veterans and their families before U.S. district courts, U.S. courts of appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Department of Veterans Affairs, military department discharge review boards and boards for correction of military records. His litigation efforts have resulted in payment of more than four billion dollars in disability and death benefits to hundreds of thousands of disabled veterans and their families. He currently supervises the litigation efforts of NVLSP's staff.

A major part of NVLSP's mission is to increase the pool of effective advocates available to represent veterans and their family members by training lawyers and non-lawyers and providing educational publications to them in veterans benefits law. Over his career, Mr. Stichman has trained thousands of non-lawyer accredited veterans service officers, lawyers, and law students in this area of law. Mr. Stichman helped organize and currently serves as a trainer for the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, a federally funded organization which has recruited and trained more than 2,000 volunteer attorneys over the last 20 years to represent those who have appealed to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims without a representative.

Mr. Stichman is a co-author of The Veterans Benefits Manual, NVLSP's 1900-page treatise on veterans benefits law that is published annually by Lexis Law Publishing and has been distributed to thousands of veterans service officers and lawyers. He is also a co-author of The Rights of Military Personnel, and NVLSP's Military Discharge Upgrade Manual and has written articles on veterans benefits law appearing in the Administrative Law Review, The American University Law Review, The Federal Bar News and Journal, Clearinghouse Review, and the Legal Times.

Mr. Stichman served for more than a decade as a co-chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee of the Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association, and he served as president of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association from 2004-2005.

Advisory Council Committee: 
Military Claims / Civilian Pay