About Us | The Veterans Law Group

The Veterans Law Group was the creation of Mark Lippman, a seasoned attorney whose practice is dedicated to claims made on behalf of disabled veterans and their dependents.  We look forward to serving your needs.

The Veterans Law Group provides representation to veterans and their dependents in their appeals at the Regional Office, Board of Veterans' Appeals, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the Federal Circuit. That is all we do. Because we concentrate only in Veterans Claims, we are completely current on the law and, most importantly, on the day-to-day practice of the VA. We specialize in the legal assistance of veterans seeking help with va disability benefits and VA disability claims. We have fought and won veterans disability cases that have established new precedents for veterans disability benefits and claims.

Our Pledge

The Veterans Law Group is committed to obtaining the maximum level of available benefits in every way possible. We know that most claims fail because of lack of medical evidence. Thus, we promise our clients that we will obtain medical opinions, if appropriate, to support their claims. We also promise to advance costs for the payment of the medical opinion. 

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Your Attorneys and Staff

Attorney Mark Lippman

Mark Lippman has been practicing law for 27 years, 23 of which have been devoted to representing clients on appeal, including disabled veterans.
He is one of the most respected advocates for disabled veterans in America, having represented thousands of veterans in claims arising out of peacetime and wartime related injuries as well as involving both physical and psychological disabilities. Mr. Lippman's appellate experience is extremely broad. He has represented clients at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as at other federal appellate courts throughout the nation. Mr. Lippman has written two appellate briefs and argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court. View case summaries that Mark has argued and won to set a precedent. View client testimonials to see feedback from satisfied clients of The Veterans Law Group.

Amanda Mineer

Amanda Mineer is an attorney with nearly ten years of experience practicing law. She graduated from the University of San Diego Law School in 2003 and started her own solo practice in 2005, focusing on helping entrepreneurs start their businesses.

After witnessing a close friend struggle with a Veteran’s Disability Claim for several years, she decided to apply the advocacy skills she gained as an attorney to help veterans navigate the often frustrating VA system. Since joining the Veteran’s Law Group in 2013, Ms. Mineer has helped us strengthen our ability to serve veterans, giving them the support they need through difficult claims processes. Her compassion for veterans, along with her ability to translate legal jargon into easy-to-understand language, allows her to help you, our client, obtain the benefits you deserve.

Mike Schuster

Mike Schuster, a decorated Vietnam veteran who received both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his distinguished service, has more than 15 years of experience serving fellow veterans.

After receiving his degree in Criminal Justice from Marquette University, Mr. Schuster spent 20 years in law enforcement, and was a Sheriff before he moved on to his work with and for veterans. Before joining us in 2013 as a Senior Paralegal, he worked for 13 years with San Diego County’s Veteran Service Office (the last three as the Office Supervisor and Appeals Officer for Veterans Claims), and spent two years as the La Jolla Hospital Service Officer for Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Schuster’s unique experience and profound commitment to veterans’ well-being enable him to be a powerful advocate who can help you, our client, obtain the benefits you deserve.

Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith is a third-generation combat veteran who joined us this year as a Veterans Law Paralegal. Ms. Smith speaks fluent Spanish—having graduated from the University of South Florida in 2007 with a B.A. in Spanish Literature—and she is currently pursuing an MBA degree from California State University.

She worked as an Immigration Paralegal until she joined the United States Marine Corps in 2008, and served for four years as an officer in Afghanistan. For the past two years, Ms. Smith served as the Veterans Counselor and Board Secretary at Escondido Veterans Services. Her personal connection to fellow veterans and unwavering commitment to their well-being will make her especially effective in helping you, our client, obtain the benefits you deserve.

Laura Pflugfelder

Laura Pflugfelder is an attorney with several years of business and legal experience. While studying at the University of San Diego School of Law, she interned for an Arizona Superior Court judge and worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the University of San Diego Civil Clinic, where she represented clients in court under the supervision of an attorney. After graduating from law school in 2013, Ms. Pflugfelder worked as a post-bar law clerk at the university’s Entrepreneurship and Tax clinics, which helped prepare her to assist veterans in navigating the often frustrating VA system. Her compassion for veterans, combined with her ability to decipher and explain legal language and processes, make her especially prepared to help you, our client, obtain the benefits you deserve.

Our Duty: Helping disabled veterans win maximum benefits for their total disability claim.

Veterans Benefits Claims Process

Checklists and general guidelines for the Standard Claims Process, and Claim Appeals Process.

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