Our veteran disability lawyers in Kalamazoo, MI thoroughly understand VA disability law and will be able to help you achieve the best outcome for your claim. Read more about us!
Whether you need to file a VA disability claim for post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, you can trust our veterans attorneys to look out for your best interests. Our lawyers for veterans benefits can help walk you through the steps of the VA appeal process.
Continue reading to learn all about our accredited VA lawyers. Our VA disability lawyers have the knowledge, experience, and drive to help veterans just like you receive the compensation they deserve. To request a consultation, call the VA Disability Group at 1-844-VET-LAWS or (1-844-838-5297). Our are here to help!
Our Veteran Disability Lawyers
Casey Walker, Accredited VA Attorney
Casey served as an Infantryman Paratrooper in the Army and an Intelligence Analyst in the Air Force. While in the Army, he tried out for and was selected as a member of a Scout Reconnaissance Platoon with the 2/505 Parachute Infantry Regiment. During his time with the Scout Platoon, Casey served on a Quick Reaction Force in the Middle East following the attack on the USS Cole. As an Intelligence Analyst with the Air Force, Casey worked with the 107th Fighter Squadron out of Selfridge Air Base, MI, and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Following his military service, Casey attended and graduated with honors from Cooley Law School. There he received several book awards, which are awarded to one student in each law class for superior academic performance. While attending Cooley Law School, he helped charter and was President of Cooley Law School’s Veteran’s Organization. Casey also routinely volunteered as a speaker and assisted in consultations with Cooley Law School’s pro bono “Service to Soldiers” program – a legal referral and assistance program for veterans returning from combat.
After obtaining his license to practice law in Michigan, Casey was employed as a claims adjudicator (rater) by the Veterans Benefits Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs. There he became intimately familiar with processes and laws governing, giving Casey an “insider’s” understanding as to how the VA decides claims. While employed by the VA, Casey realized the critical need for competent and effective veteran advocacy.
After being admitted to the Michigan Bar Association in 2011, Casey became a VA accredited attorney and was admitted to practice law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Casey is intimately familiar with laws governing veterans’ benefits and has competently represented veterans on appeal since he began practicing law in 2011.
Casey’s legal expertise, coupled with his experience as a former VA employee, uniquely qualifies him as an effective veteran disability attorney and advocate.
Robert Steed JD, Accredited VA Attorney
Robert is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School where he graduated with Dean’s List Honors. During law school, he also participated in the school’s Civil Practice Clinic and Moot Court team and was nominated to be student director of and compete for the ABA National Moot Court Competition.
After graduation, he practiced law in a variety of areas including at the Leelanau County prosecutor’s and general civil practice in Michigan. He then worked as a VA Contract Officer writing, awarding, and administrating contracts for the Milwaukee VA VISN 11 healthcare facilities. Finally, prior to working as a VA accredited attorney, Robert was a Contracting Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency in Battle Creek, Michigan. He is currently barred in Florida and Michigan.
Robert currently lives in Battle Creek, Michigan with his wife, who is a Registered Nurse and who formerly worked for the VA in Michigan and Minnesota, and 5 children. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and spending time outdoors. His desire to help veterans and his extensive work history with both the VA and the Defense Department, as well as excellent performance at a top tier law school, makes him well qualified to represent veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” – President Abraham Lincoln
Robert Ryder, Firm Administrator
Rob retired as an Infantry Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (First Sergeant) from the Army after 22 years of active duty service. He is originally from Oregon. Rob deployed for 13 months to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2005 as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant.
He was deployed again to Operation Iraqi Freedom for 15 months in 2008 as a part of the Baghdad surge and was later deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan in 2011 as Team Chief of a Security Forces Assistance Team.
Rob currently lives in West Michigan with his wife, who is a Registered Nurse and formerly served in the Army for 10 years.
Rob’s military service combined with his exceptional leadership experience enhances the firm’s approach to represent all veterans.
Rob’s previous assignments in the Army include:
- Rifleman, A. Co, 1st Battalion 502D Infantry Regiment (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, KY
- Team Leader, HHC, 1st Battalion 503D Infantry Regiment (Air Assault), Camp Casey, Korea
- Team Leader, C. Co, 1st Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Lewis, WA
- Squad Leader, C. Co, 1st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, HI
- Platoon Sergeant, A. Co, 1st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment, Schofield Barracks, HI
- Platoon Sergeant, HHC, 24th Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, KS
- Platoon Sergeant, C. Co, 2nd Battalion 16th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Riley, KS
- First Sergeant, E. Co, 3rd Battalion 11th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Benning, GA
- Deputy Chief, HHC, 172D Separate Infantry Brigade, Grafenwoehr, Germany
- NCOIC, CATC, HHC, 7th Army Joint Multi National Training Center, Grafenwoehr, Germany
- Senior Military Instructor, Western Michigan University, Michigan
Derek Dee, Associate attorney
Derek completed his undergraduate degree at Kalamazoo College in 1997. He earned a bachelor of arts degree with a major in economics and a minor in mathematics. Derek was awarded honors on his Senior Individualized Project regarding teaching in economics.
After graduation, Derek taught mathematics at three different high schools: Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Covert High School, and Portage Northern High School.
He also coached soccer at Fitzgerald and Covert High School. While he was teaching at Portage Northern, he went back to get his legal degree at nights from WMU Cooley Law School.
He graduated with honors in 2018 and earned the book award twice while enrolled.
Derek lives in Portage with his wife and two kids. His wife, Nikki is a special education teacher. Derek enjoys coaching his sons in soccer and also playing when he gets a chance. Derek is a board member and coach for the Portage Soccer Club.The family enjoys the many beaches of Michigan and has taken up a family hobby of fishing when they get a chance.