Physical Evaluation Board & Veterans Affairs Appeals

Physical evaluation boards (PEBs) and VA disability appeals require a unique skill set in an attorney. Not only must the client’s advocate possess an understanding of the law that surrounds their issues, but also an appreciation for the compassion and patience that wounded, injured, or ill servicemembers may require as they navigate the legal process.

JAGDefenders will work with you and your medical providers to build the best case possible to obtain the result you want, whether that is an increased disability rating, a medical retirement from military service, or even retention on active duty, and will tailor the arguments and evidence to match your desires. Allow them to help you through this difficult, emotional, and challenging process to get the PEB or VA to recognize the true condition of your disability.

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    Paul C. LeBlanc

    Paul C. LeBlanc

    Paul LeBlanc has over 30 years’ experience in both military and federal practice. Paul retired from the U.S. Navy, JAGC in 2017 with 27 years in uniform. Serving most of his career in the courtroom, Paul represented hundreds of clients in both courts-martial and appellate hearings. As the Commanding Officer of Defense Service Office North (the largest geographic command in the Navy’s JAGC) or as the Director of the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Defense Division, Paul represented individual clients of all paygrades with outstanding results; he was the only Captain to represent clients in all matters. However, his decades of experience also includes administrative hearings such as admin discharge boards, NJP and NJP appeals, medical privilege boards, detachment for cause (including operationally related DFCs), IG investigations and rebuttals and command and law enforcement investigations (NCIS, CID, Provost Marshal, FBI, DEA, and other federal law enforcement agencies). Paul has over 100 contested courts-martial, hundreds of appellate briefs and arguments, and several hundred administrative hearings and matters.

    After retiring, Paul was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in Central District of California in both the Criminal and National Security Divisions. He is extremely knowledgeable about federal criminal law and its interplay with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Quite often the federal government will assist military prosecutors during an investigation and Paul’s experience is paramount to drive the best results for a client. The rules in federal and military courts are vastly different and knowing the intricacies of both are vital to your success.

    Paul is qualified and certified to practice in all military and federal courts, military courts of appeals, as well as the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He is also admitted to the 9th, 1st, and 3rd Circuit Courts of Appeals.

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