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Veterans Benefits Attorneys

Thomas Polseno, Partner

 

Thomas Polseno is a partner at Bergmann and Moore. He represents military Veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in cases concerning disability compensation and other benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Thomas additionally currently serves on the National Organization of Veteran Advocates (NOVA) Amicus and Litigation Committee.

 

Thomas earned a BA in Philosophy from Hartwick College, an MSC in Philosophy and History of Science from The London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) and his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.   Tom was the first non-founding attorney to be promoted to partner on January 1, 2019. He currently serves as the Principal Managing Attorney of the firm’s litigation group.

Ashton Habighurst, Partner

 

Ashton Habighurst joined Bergmann & Moore in 2010.  She has served in various roles in the Agency practice of the firm.  After quickly realizing her passion for advocating for disabled Veterans, Ms. Habighurst enrolled in the evening program at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 2012.  During her time at Catholic, Ms. Habighurst served as both a staffer and an Associate Editor of the Law Review, as well as a student attorney in the Elder Law Clinic.

 

Since graduating from law school, Ms. Habighurst has continued to work in the Agency practice of the firm.  She has presented on numerous topics related to VA law over the years.  She was named Partner in 2019.

She graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2009 with a double major in History and Chinese, and Catholic University Columbus School of Law in 2016.  She is licensed to practice law in Maryland.

James Ridgeway, Partner

 

James Ridgway is a partner as well as the Director of Training and Programs at Bergmann & Moore.  He teaches law as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School, and he is the author of Veterans Law: Cases and Theory and other publications.  His work has been cited by the Solicitor General and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

 

James served as a judge on Board of Veterans’ Appeals, where he was Chief of Policy and Procedure and later Chief of Strategy, Innovation, and Programs.  He is a past president of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association, and editor-in-chief of the Veterans Law Journal. James received his undergraduate degree with highest honors in physics and history.  He graduated in the top ten percent of his law school class at the University of Virginia.

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