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.
Derek Dee, Accredited VA 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.
Brien Brockway, Accredited VA Attorney
Brien is an Associate Attorney with VA Disability Group practicing in Veteran Law and Estate Planning. Brien graduated Magna Cum Laude with a J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2020.
Brien completed his undergraduate degree in History and Theology, with Honors, at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2008.
Brien served as an Infantryman in the Army. He graduated from Airborne School and later deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) with 3/1 Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a Fire Team Leader.
After military service, Brien returned to West Michigan and worked for the Kalamazoo County Veterans Service Office and Area Agency on Aging.
During that time he also attended night classes at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. While in law school Brien completed an internship at the Kalamazoo County Probate Court and participated in the Cooley Law School Elder Law Clinic.
Brien is a VA Accredited Attorney admitted to the Michigan Bar and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
Brien lives in West Michigan with his wife and three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, fishing (open water and ice), gardening, and beekeeping.
Shauna Fischhaber, Claims Specialist
Shauna is uniquely situated to her position as a Claims Specialist through life experience. She began a career directly out of high school as a hairstylist with the view of using her skills to serve others. She always viewed her position as an opportunity to provide more than a service, but also as a chance to connect with people on a personal level. She loved to learn their stories and be a cheerleader on the sidelines of their lives.
Upon marrying her husband, she immersed herself in her new role as an Army Commander’s Wife. Shauna soon became deeply involved with the PWOC community at their first duty station and had the experience of connecting with military wives in all walks of life. She shared intimate relationships that allowed her to peer into the lives of service members and their families. As a military spouse, she understands the needs of veterans and the struggles they face, having experienced them personally. Shauna is able to bring context to the table because she understands the service member and their family.
Shauna has spent the last 15 years as Director of Operations in the position of Household 6. She joined the VA disability Group team because she cares deeply for the community they represent. She loves connecting with our clients and working toward a common goal together.
Shauna lives in Kalamazoo with her husband and three children. She enjoys completing home improvement projects, reading, biking, and crafting.
Courtney Simpson, Claims Specialist
Courtney received her undergraduate degree from Arcadia University, in Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. Following undergrad, she moved to Scotland to complete her Master of Research in Ecology and Environmental Biology at the University of Glasgow.
After graduation, Courtney was employed by the Clyde River Foundation in Glasgow to perform water quality sampling and write fishery management plans.
Upon moving back to the States, Courtney worked as a cake decorator before moving to Michigan to work in pharmaceutical research. For several years, she held positions as a researcher in evaluating various aspects pharmaceutical testing and development.
Following a passion to help others, Courtney moved to VA Disability Group, PLLC as a Legal Assistant with the goal of using her medical and research background to assist and support disabled veterans.
Courtney lives in Kalamazoo with her husband, Euan, and cat, Ravioli. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and identifying native wildlife.
Autumn Crawford, Claims Specialist
Autumn graduated from West Kentucky Community and technical college in 2018 with associates in science and art.
She was on the dean’s list and received honors at her graduation.
She is currently pursuing a cosmetology license to practice haircare as a hobby.
She has a love of coffee and has worked at two different coffee shops. She has taken that love of producing a good product and connecting with customers and applied it to her career in VA law.
She loves speaking with clients and hearing their stories.
Autumn grew up in Kentucky and is passionate about southern history and culture.
She loves southern food and can tell you just about anything you would want to know about her hometown.
She has been lovingly dubbed “Snapple” here in the office due to the wide array of random facts she knows.
Danielle Waterman, Claims Specialist
Danielle attended Grand Valley State University where she studied criminal justice and political science.
In her sophomore year, she transferred to Baker College where she will receive her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2021.
In January of this year, Danielle began an internship at an employment law firm, which she completed the following March.
She plans to continue her education through either paralegal certification or enrolling in a Masters in Public Administration.
Danielle is committed to justice and is dedicated to pursuing a career in law. She is bringing her knowledge of criminal justice and previous legal experience to the VA Disability Group.
She lives in Leonidas with her boyfriend, Hunter, and coonhound, Bill Ray. In her free time, Danielle is an avid reality tv and crime show enthusiast. She also loves shopping, playing tennis, and bow fishing.
Jessica Wolverton, Claims Specialist
Jessica attended a few years at Kalamazoo Valley before deciding to jump right into working closely with seniors who have dementia. She enjoyed being able to help them with day to day tasks and putting a smile on their faces. She loves hearing all the different stories from each senior’s life.
She has always cared deeply about Veterans, but once she met her boyfriend and his Army family this grew. This helped her love of helping and connecting with Veterans grow, which led her to working with VA Disability Group, PLLC.
She lives in Plainwell with her boyfriend, Dennis, and two German Shepherds, Blu and Scarlet. In her free time, Jessica enjoys playing with her dogs and doing crafts around the house.