We have 20 years of combined experience in VA disability law. It is all we do.
VIRGINIA A. GIRARD-BRADY, Managing Attorney received her B.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1989, and her Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, in 1996. She is the owner and managing attorney of ABS Legal Advocates, P.A., which she created in April 2000. Virginia is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Kansas, the Federal District Court of Kansas, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
JAMIE M. ATWOOD, Senior Associate Attorney received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas in May 2006, and an MBA from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2009. She is admitted to practice before the Kansas and Missouri Supreme Courts, the CAVC and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Jamie has been representing veterans and their survivors as an associate since 2007, and is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the CAVC Bar Association.
EVA D. PERRING, Associate Attorney received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in May 2013 and her Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in December 2015. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Missouri and the CAVC. Eva has been representing veterans and their survivors as an associate since June 2016.
KELLY PETTENGILL, Chief Paralegal and Event Coordinator has been a paralegal with ABS since 2007 and became Chief Paralegal in January 2016. Her responsibilities include communicating with new and existing clients and VA personnel as well as supervising our paralegal team. She has served as our Event Coordinator since 2011, facilitating our participation in veteran-related events such as Homeless Stand Downs and motorcycle rallies.
MAURA HECKMAN, Paralegal has been a paralegal with ABS since May 2016 and is responsible for communicating with existing clients and VA personnel and providing valuable support for our attorneys.