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, 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 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 is a Law Clerk 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.