​​​​​​ADVOCATE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, committed to serving our Wounded Warriors. A visible need for legal support in the Veteran community inspired the creation of ADVOCATE. Founded by a civil litigator passionate about Veteran Advocacy, ADVOCATE is now a team of experienced litigators specifically trained in Veteran disability law. We provide each Veteran with an attorney starting from initiating a claim, to the initial claim denial from VA, to an appeal in federal court - at no cost to the Veteran. This is ADVOCATE's promise to our country's service members.

ADVOCATE attorneys are skilled in appellate advocacy, have extensive knowledge of Veteran disability law, and are passionate about supporting our nations' Veterans. We are equipped to handle appeals at any Regional Office (RO), the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (US CAVC). ADVOCATE is headquartered in Washington, D.C., but can represent Veterans located anywhere in the country.


Falen M. LaPonzina, Esq., Founder & Chief Counsel, ADVOCATE

Maureen Drotos, RN, Consultant, ADVOCATE & PACU RN, GW

Brandon Steele, Esq., Of Counsel, ADVOCATE & Founder, NVBA

Burgundy Niles, Esq., Senior Veterans Advocate & COO, NVBA


District of Columbia

State of Maryland

U.S. District Court for District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Department of Veteran Affairs Accreditation

Federal Bar Association

American Bar Association

Maryland State Bar Association

ADVOCATE Nonprofit Organization

Free Veteran Disability Lawyers

Attorneys Defending Veterans On Claims And Their Entitlements


Falen M. LaPonzina, Esquire

Founder & Chief Counsel

ADVOCATE Nonprofit Organization

1629 K Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20006-1631
Office: (202) 600-7819

Facsimile: (202) 330-5276
​Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm


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