|Chris Attig, Attorney|
Progressive, yet professional, Chris' straightforward yet expressive manner allows him to effectively advance arguments that others are not willing to approach. He brings unique and creative ideas to the practice of law, and is willing to speak candidly to you about the strengths and weaknesses of your position.
Attorney William Rosch best describes Mr. Attig: "Chris exhibits a firmness of conviction while maintaining the intellectual flexibility of one more advanced in experience...above all things, Chris places a premium on personal integrity, intellectual honesty and professionalism."
Mr. Attig was just named a 2011 Texas Rising Star by Superlawyers.com. Only 2.5% of Texas attorneys are named as Rising Stars.
Fom September 2011 - November 2012,, Mr. Attig was the Co-Chair of the Veterans Assistance Subcommittee of the Dallas Bar Association. The goal of this group is to find ways to get more legal help to more veterans more quickly.
Mr. Attig’s Experience
Chris Attig's first job after college was military service. He attained the rank of Captain in the United States Army (Field Artillery) while on Active Duty from 1993-1997, and in the Reserves from 1993-2004, at posts across the United States and the Republic of South Korea. Chris was awarded the United States Army Commendation Medal, graduated Airborne School, attended Ranger school, and prior to leaving active duty, was invited to attend Special Forces Assesment and Selection.
Mr. Attig has been accredited by the VA to handle Veterans Benefits Claims since September 2008 (VA POA Code 101), and is a member in good standing of the Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims (CAVC). Since 2007, he has handled numerous cases at many VA Regional Offices around the country, the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), and has even been lead counsel in Oral Arguments before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (on a Veterans Employment matter), and the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (in an employment discrimination claim by an Air Force Reservist).
In 2012, Mr. Attig was named the "2012 Outstanding Clinic Attorney Volunteer" at the DBA/DVAP Veterans Legal Clinic (held on every First Friday at the Dallas VA Medical Center).
In 2012, Mr. Attig received an award as a "Super Lawyer" and in 2011, was awarded a Texas Rising Star award.
While Veterans and Veterans Benefits law is his passion, Mr. Attig is at his best in the courtroom. He has handled cases before federal courts, federal and state administrative boards, labor arbitrators and other state administrative forums. He has handled numerous civil rights matters, including Title VII suits, claims under the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Federal and Texas Tort Claims Act. In the past 5 years, he has appeared as lead counsel in more than 75 hearings, arbitrations, or trials. He has appeared in State and Federal courts, and has represented both Government Agencies and Federal Civil Servant employees as an attorney practicing before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the EEOC, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Attig is an attorney who thinks like a business-person. He has worked as an executive with two Fortune 500 companies. He was previously licensed by the NASD as a General Securities Representative, and has operated an independent financial planning practice.
Mr. Attig's experience with county, state and federal governments taught him to navigate the tangled webs of government bureaucracy and inefficiency on behalf of his clients. As an attorney, Mr. Attig served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel for the I.R.S., where he practiced federal employment law and practiced as an MSPB attorney. He was selected to serve as a student law-clerk to Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips of the Texas Supreme Court in 2002, and also served as a law clerk with the Harris County Attorney's Office in Houston from 2000-2001.
In 2002, Mr. Attig received honors as the Best Advocate at South Texas College of Law. With teammate and attorney Courtney Hoff, he represented South Texas as an Advocate in the 2002 White-Collar Crime National Mock Trial Tournament in Washington, D.C. As an ACLU debate panelist in 2003, he debated against the sustainability of war in Iraq.
Mr. Attig’s Education
Mr. Attig’s Public Presentation on Veterans Matters:
April 2013: Road to Service Connection: National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA)
February 2013: *TBD* Veterans Law Day sponsored by Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
November 2012: Veterans Legal Issues in Texas: Texas Association of Counties, Galveston, Texas
October 2012, (VA Attorney Accreditation CLE): "Attorneys Fees at the VARO, BVA and Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims"
October 2012, "How to Build a Successful VA Benefits Law Practice": National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA)
Spring 2012, "Overview of Veterans Benefits": to the law firm of Locke-Lord in Dallas
Spring 2012, "Ethical Issues in a Veterans Law Practice", Attorney CLE to the Dallas Bar Association, through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP)
Mr. Attig’s Publications:
Mr. Attig has authored several articles including:
Mr. Attig’s Professional Memberships
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Mr. Attig’s Interests
Above all, Chris has a love for baseball and the New York Yankees. He continues to play amateur baseball in the Amateur Baseball Association and MSBL leagues in Dallas-Ft. Worth, and is a little-league and T-Ball coach in the Plano Baseball Association, and the Dallas Little League.
When not advocating for a Veteran or discussing Veteran's issues, Mr. Attig enjoys motorcycling, urban (for now) farming, & spending time with his wife and (almost) 3 children.