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Christopher Francis Attig

San Francisco Military Law Attorney.

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  1. Can I file a lawsuit against the VA claims section for delaying my claim.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Elliott Parks
    2. Joanne Reisman
    3. Kevin Coluccio
    4. Christopher Francis Attig
    5. Seth A Director
    5 lawyer answers

    While you cannot "sue" the VA for delaying on a decision in your claim, there are other options in expediting your VA claim that attorneys that routinely practice in this area can talk to you about: 1) There are procedures to expedite a decision due to financial hardship, deterioration of physical health, age, proximity to death, etc. (Use VA Form 21-4138 and VA Form 5655 to make this request). Depending on the nature of your claim - particularly if it is one for a need-based pension or...

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  2. Employer blocking employee from future employment by adding "no hire for 3 years" clause to client contract

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Lu Ann Trevino
    2. Christopher Francis Attig
    2 lawyer answers

    Non-compete agreements in Texas are fact-intensive. The courts will - very generally speaking - look to three factors to determine whether a non-compete is enforceable. They will look to the 1) geographical extent of the non-compete arrangement, 2) the duration of the non-compete arrangement and 3) the scope (or types of work) that are restricted by the non-compete agreement. There are also significant issues in Texas law as to when the agreement was entered, what was the...

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  3. Federal government employment hiring practices and discrimination in selecting employees

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Christopher Francis Attig
    1 lawyer answer

    Most Federal Agencies follow a multi-step process for competitive vacancy announcements. First, an individual in the Agency makes a determination to see whether the applicants in the package are "minimally qualified". Second, the list of minimally qualified applicants are sent to a Ranking official to be ranked. Third, the ranking official sends the certificate of eligibles to the selecting official for selection. That is a VERY GENERAL description, and the process can differ widely from...

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  4. How can a veteran of the US Army get assistance from the VA.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Drew Norman Early
    2. Christopher Francis Attig
    3. Thomas "Tom" Caldwell
    4. Philip Douglas Cave
    5. Chuck R. Pardue
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    So your question isn't clear what kind of assistance you are seeking from the VA, or what era Veteran you are - the benefits and assistance available could be quite different depending on whether you are a peacetime or combat Veteran, what war/era you served in, and what you did in the Army. If you need VA healthcare, the best starting point is to walk in to a VHA office or VA Medical Center with your DD-214. The VA (at least the Dallas VAMC) is actually quite good at getting you enrolled...

  5. Legal advised again federal employer

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher Francis Attig
    1 lawyer answer

    In all honesty, it is going to be hard to find an attorney that represents Federal employees on a pure contingency basis. The recoveries in cases such as these are not typically large enough to compensate an attorney or a Firm for the amount of time and money that will be spent on a case. You should expect to pay some fee for an attorney in an MSPB case or a Federal Employee EEO case. You should also discuss with those attorneys a payment plan or fee structure My Firm, for example,...

  6. Do i need a Employment/Labor

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher Francis Attig
    2. Okorie Okorocha
    2 lawyer answers

    Why did they tell you they were firing you? In Texas, if you are an at-will employee, the general rule is that you can be terminated for any reason or no reason, just not the wrong reason. If you believe that your medical condition is connected to the employer's decision to terminate you, then it might be worth your time to consult with employment discrimination attorneys in your geographical area. The Americans With Disabilities Act (recently amended) provides protection for disabled...

  7. What is a good attorney willing to take on the Department of Veterans Affairs?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Seth A Director
    2. Christopher Francis Attig
    3. Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
    3 lawyer answers

    If you are looking for an attorney to assist in your VA Disability Claim, there is a list of Accredited VA Attorneys on the website for a group known as the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA). Google it and you should find the URL. If you are looking for someone to assist on a VA Employment claim (your reference to "reasonable adjustments" sounds like an employment matter), look for an attorney that represents Federal Employees. Good luck to you.

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  8. I am a federal employee in the DC area. Can someone recommend a lawyer who specializes in hostile work environment complaints?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher Francis Attig
    1 lawyer answer

    You can google "Federal Employee Attorney" and several firm names will appear. Regarding your statement that "EEO doesn't want to file a formal complaint and investigate"...the right to file a formal complaint of discrimination belongs to you - not the EEO. Once you have filed a timely informal complaint, the EEO Counseling phase will begin. This typically lasts 30 days. At the conclusion of the Counseling phase, you will be given the right to file a Formal Complainant of...

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  9. Sick Leave Restrictions

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Mark S Britton
    2. Christopher Francis Attig
    2 lawyer answers

    Are you a Federal employee, state employee or do you work for a private business? If you are an employee of a Federal government agency, the answer to this question could be very different than the one posted.

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  10. Employment laws in GA can employee be terminated for having child care issues

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Jon Vincent Forehand
    2. Robert M Fortgang
    3. Christopher Francis Attig
    3 lawyer answers

    If you are a Federal Government employee, and were terminated due to one issue with child-care arrangements, I would be very suspicious. Unless you are a probationary employee, or unless your position is such that you don't get an MSPB appeal right, I would be very surprised to learn that you were terminated for just one child-care issue. Even if you didn't have an MSPB appeal right, I have not heard of any cases where a Federal employee was removed for one absence incident and one...

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