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Eric A. Gang, Esq.

Eric A. Gang, Esq.

Hundreds of Veterans have hired Eric to help them get the benefits they need and deserve, and his commitment to going the distance on their behalf only grows with each new client. In fact, he has litigated well over 500 appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and has recovered literally millions of dollars on behalf of disabled veterans.

Managing Attorney, Founder, Gang & Associates, LLC

  • Avvo Client Choice Award – 10/10 Rating
  • Author, Betrayal of Valor – Sutton Hart Press, 2022
  • Litigation Trailblazer Award - National Law Journal, 2021
Trailblazers 2021

“What distinguishes us most of all is that our vision for our clients is not limited to litigation success. The firm has a genuine culture of caring for our client’s well-being. Excellence is the focus, and it is not achievable in veterans law without a genuine commitment to helping people. We believe that we exist for a purpose greater than ourselves.”

About Eric

As a former New York City litigator and founding partner of Gang & Associates, Eric Gang’s service-focused approach and strategic vision have produced the nation’s premier firm for veterans’ disability law, serving veterans and their families across the country. Having practiced law for over 20 years, Eric has litigated more than 1,000 appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, winning some of the largest VA awards on record. He attributes his long-standing reputation as an aggressive and tenacious veteran’s advocate to his being raised in a large and competitive family, instilling a balance of diligence, dedication, compassion, and respect.

Eric is renowned for his calculated representation of veterans with complex VA claims and appeals involving PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and other psychiatric illnesses. His high-level advocacy results from a deep understanding of the interrelationship between psychological and physical illness in veterans. With a noted wealth of medical acumen, Eric’s ability to apply the interrelationship between body systems in the legal setting has allowed him to develop strategic pathways to victory in cases that VA has repeatedly denied for decades. Simply put, Eric’s team wins cases others deem impossible.

Outside of law, Eric is an athlete, avid adventurer, and explorer. His hobbies and interests include mountaineering and ultra-endurance sports. Eric provides coaching to professionals who are either training for major expeditions or simply seeking ways of staying fit while practicing a demanding profession. Eric is also an art collector and musician, interests he developed during his undergraduate school days in Europe and the U.S.

Professional Affiliations, Awards and Service

Memberships

  • National Organization of Veterans Advocates
  • Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association
  • Veterans and Military Sections of the Federal Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Accredited Representative Department of Veterans Affairs

Awards

  • 2021 National Law Journal Litigation Trailblazer Award
  • Avvo Client Choice Award – 10/10 rating
  • Top Attorneys of North America 2017
  • Lawyer of the Year 2002 – ELPDG, Inc.

Leadership

  • Executive Director, Disabled Veterans Resource Center, Inc., nonprofit veterans’ advocacy group

Lectures & Speaking Engagements

  • Guest lecturer - Princeton University
  • Lecturer – NJ State Bar Association
  • Faculty member, continuing legal education lecturer - Lawline.com
  • Continuing legal education lecturer - National Business Institute, New Jersey ICLE, Rossdale Group
  • The Strategic Use of Experts in VA Disability Cases, New York, NY – November 12, 2020
  • Keynote: The State of Affairs for American Veterans, American Mensa Annual Convention, Phoenix, AZ – July 4, 2019
  • Keynote: Betrayal of Valor, American Mensa Annual Convention, Hollywood, FL – July 6, 2017
  • The Problem with VA, Vietnam Veterans of America, Vernon, NJ – September 25, 2016
  • U.S. Veterans: Issues and Perspectives Impacting Diversity, Princeton University – HERC Conference Princeton, NJ – October 21, 2014
  • Niche Practices Part I & II, Co-presenter, NJ State Bar Association’s ICLE Program – August 7 & 14, 2014
  • Keynote: Keeping the Faith: Memorial Day and Our Veterans - Hackettstown’s Memorial Day Parade, Hackettstown, NJ – May 27, 2013
  • Appealing the Denial of VA Benefits, New York, NY – March 27, 2013
  • Veterans’ Issues and How They May Impact Your Practice, New York, NY – February 24, 2013
  • Appealing the Denial of VA Benefits, Plainview, NY – February 11, 2013
  • Current Issues in Veterans’ Benefits, American Legion – September 17, 2012
  • Obtaining Disability Compensation Benefits for Disabled Military Veterans, New York, NY – January 17, 2012

Books & Publications

Books and Articles

  • Gang, Eric. Betrayal of Valor. 1st ed. Vancouver: Sutton Hart Press, 2022.
  • Gang, Eric. VA Disability Claims: An Essential Guide for U.S. Veterans. 2020.
  • Gang, Eric, “Agent Orange and Vietnam Veterans”, Veterans and Military Law Section, Federal Bar Association, Spring 2018
  • Fatoullah, R., Gang E., Lawlor, T., Victor, E., Zapson, M. “Elder Law: Obtaining Veterans Benefits and Funding Long-Term Care”, NBI, Inc., Eau Claire, WI (2013).
  • Gang, Eric, “Obtaining Disability Compensation for Disabled Veterans”, The Federal Lawyer, May/June 2014.
  • Alhonte, M., Asher, J., DePinto, D., Fatoullah, R., Gang, E., Kass, S., Kassel, P. “Elder Law and Medicaid Planning: Everything You Need to Know”, NBI, Inc., Eau Claire, WI (2015).

Published Cases

  • Taylor v. McDonald, 27 Vet. App.158 (2014)
  • Patricio v. Shulkin, 29 Vet. App. 38 (2017)

News & Media

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1998)
  • Member: Legislative Law Journal

Practice Areas

  • Veterans Benefits Law
  • VA Medical Malpractice
  • DIC Benefits
  • CAVC Appeals
  • Federal Circuit Appeals
  • Service-Connection Claims
  • Increased Ratings Claims
  • TDIU Claims
  • PTSD, TBI, Psychiatric Disability
  • SDVOSB and Defense Contractor Fraud
  • Mesothelioma

Contact Eric

  • Phone: (908) 850-9999
  • Fax: (908) 850-9399
  • Email: [hidden email]

Gideon Miller, Esq.

Gideon Miller, Esq.

Gideon focuses his practice on helping Veterans win their claims for service-connected disability compensation before the VA and, on appeal, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Gideon focuses exclusively on VA disability law. Gideon is especially astute in regards to winning TDIU claims.

Gideon focuses his practice on helping Veterans win their claims for service-connected disability compensation before the VA Regional Office, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and, on appeal, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is a Senior Associate and serves as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Gideon is also actively involved in several Veterans organizations, including the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA). 

Gideon takes an immense amount of pride in his work and cares deeply for his clients. He understands that a VA disability case is often as much about our government’s recognition of the breadth and impact of a veteran’s service as it is about securing compensation for his/her well-being. Because of this dedication, he has helped veterans and their family members win millions of dollars in retroactive benefits and, perhaps more crucially, to get the recognition they deserve.  

Over the years, Gideon has become an expert in VA disability law. Previous to joining Gang & Associates, he worked at the Hermann Law Group where, in addition to aiding disabled individuals secure Social Security Disability benefits, he built a VA practice from the ground up. Due to having expertise in both these areas, Gideon is especially astute in helping veterans establish that they are entitled to a total disability rating based on individual unemployability (TDIU).  

Gideon understands that winning a VA disability case can often be complex and may take an immense amount of patience given the VA’s backlog. Therefore, he is committed to finding the most effective and efficient strategies to help his clients secure the maximum amount of relief under the law. He welcomes difficult issues and is an expert at finding both legal errors and securing the evidence necessary to help Veterans win their claims. 

Gideon attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in both English Language and Literature and Political Science. He then pursued his Juris Doctor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, graduating in 2011. He is currently admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York and Federal Courts, including the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is also accredited to represent claimants before the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration. In addition, he has experience in the area of private long-term disability insurance. 

Over the past few years, Gideon has consistently been recognized as a rising star by Super Lawyers® and was recognized in 2018 a top attorney amongst outstanding young lawyers in the New York Metro Area.

Gideon’s paternal grandfather served in the British military during World War II and won several medals for driving transports behind enemy lines. His grandparents on his other side escaped Europe at the onset of World War II, and he is therefore both appreciative of and indebted to Veterans and our current service members. 

He is originally from Massachusetts, and now lives in Paramus, NJ, with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Gideon enjoys following his hometown sports and being active, be it playing soccer, basketball or hiking. He also enjoys traveling, geography and history. Most importantly, he likes to spend time with his family and help Veterans secure the benefits they deserve.


Dana N. Yoon

Dana N. Yoon

Dana Yoon is an attorney with 15 years of experience practicing law. She joined Gang & Associates in 2018 and is honored to be helping veterans. Dana has extensive experience in federal administrative appellate work.

After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, Dana served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane A. Restani at the U.S. Court of International Trade. In that role, she not only worked on trade cases, but also was exposed to a wide range of federal appellate issues when Judge Restani sat by designation on Circuit Courts of Appeal across the country. During her clerkship, Dana experienced litigation from a judge’s perspective and honed her legal writing abilities.

After her clerkship, Dana joined the Enforcement Division of the New York Stock Exchange, which later became FINRA. There, she prosecuted large financial firms as well as individual brokers for violations of federal securities laws and financial industry rules. She successfully litigated several significant cases and negotiated numerous settlements in various complex cases. Dana worked in securities regulation for nearly a decade, fighting for investors’ rights and sharpening her litigation skills.

In 2018, she joined Gang & Associates and has quickly adapted her legal practice to veteran’s disability law. Dana’s area of expertise is representing veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. With her extensive litigation and legal writing experience, she has successfully fought and won appeals for over 80 veterans in just two years. She is honored to be representing veterans and fighting for their rights.

Dana lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband, who is a U.S. Army veteran, and her two children.

Education

Dana received her J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School. She received B.A. degrees in English and Asian Studies from the University of Puget Sound, where she also played intercollegiate basketball.

Bar Admissions

Dana is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars, and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.


Rashida Sims

Rashida Sims

Prior to joining Gang & Associates, LLC, Rashida worked as an assistant state public defender and as an administrative appeals attorney with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Rashida’s professional and personal passions involve advancing the rights of marginalized populations.

Rashida Sims is a proud native of Brooklyn, NY. Rashida is the eldest of four and was raised primarily by her mother. She was raised to be inquisitive, enjoy life, and strive for the best. Rashida moved a few times during her childhood, from New York, to Washington, DC, to Texas. These childhood moves developed a nomadic spirit and since high school, Rashida has had the pleasure to live in, and travel to, several cities and countries around the world. Rashida’s favorite place to be is on a beach watching the ocean and reading a good book.

Rashida is a proud graduate of Hampton University, and received her bachelor’s in Sociology and a master’s in Counseling from Hampton. After several years in Human Services, Rashida returned to school and graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. During college, Rashida developed a passion for helping others. This passion followed her to Bowen Law School, where she was an active member of several community service and student leadership organizations. During law school, Rashida developed a passion for the law and since graduation has combined her two passions into a career path she loves.

Prior to joining Gang & Associates, LLC, Rashida worked as an assistant state public defender and as an administrative appeals attorney with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Rashida’s professional and personal passions involve advancing the rights of marginalized populations. She is a passionate advocate and community servant and strives to use the law to improve the lives of others, both inside and outside of a court room.


Nebojsa “Vic” Zlatanovic

Nebojsa “Vic” Zlatanovic

Vic was accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in 2011 and became an advocate for veterans.

In 2002, Vic enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and went to basic training and airborne school at Fort Benning. He was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy. While in the 173rd, he served in a line company and was later assigned to the battalion’s scout platoon. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003-2004, where he participated in tactical operations in urban and rural settings in Kirkuk Province. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2005-2006, where he participated in counterinsurgency operations in southeastern Afghanistan along the Pakistani border. He was trained on a variety of weapons systems, radio communications and first aid, and participated in nighttime raids and cordon and search operations.

After he left active duty, he went to Seton Hall Law School. After law school, Vic clerked for Hon. Michael Petrolle of the Essex County Vicinage Criminal Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. After his clerkship ended, Vic was accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in 2011 and became an advocate for veterans. He has represented veterans and family members before the VA and the Social Security Administration prior to joining Gang & Associates, and he has experience working with former prisoners.

One memorable event in Vic’s life was his efforts along with other veterans to lobby for a statewide veterans’ diversion program to connect veterans involved in the criminal justice system with valuable resources in lieu of incarceration. This reminded Vic of the esprit de corps he witnessed in the 173rd, because veterans banded together to help other veterans who needed their help. Vic considered the original proposal a watered-down idea, and he thought it needed substantial revision. Legislative hearing after hearing, he and other veterans spoke to lawmakers about the changes that needed to be made, and the proposal was expanded to become a broader permanent statewide program. This reform was one of the largest changes benefiting veterans in New Jersey since World War Two, and it was cited as an example for other proposed reforms. For these efforts, the New Jersey State Bar Association awarded Vic with its annual legislative achievement award. In addition, Vic is a past chair of the state bar’s Military Law and Veterans Affairs Section, and he organized the 2019 Annual Veterans Law Symposium in New Jersey, one of the largest continuing legal education seminars for veterans’ advocates in the Tri-State Area.

Vic has also met and spoken with members of Congress to raise awareness of mefloquine toxicity as part of a 2017 fellowship program through High Ground Veterans Advocacy, a not-for-profit organization. Mefloquine was issued to servicemembers deployed to Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and is known to heighten the risk of serious neuropsychiatric symptoms, including insomnia, dizziness and vertigo, memory and concentration, and anxiety. Vic doesn’t believe that the VA fully acknowledges the effects of mefloquine toxicity, and he believes that there needs to be better information-sharing between the VA and the military as to the extent to which mefloquine was distributed and problems related to screening procedures for contraindications. A report by the National Academies of Sciences on mefloquine released in early 2020 pointed out that there needs to be more research into the long-term effects of mefloquine, something that reminds Vic of the federal government’s early delays in recognizing the effects of Agent Orange exposure. The sooner Congress gets behind efforts to better understand mefloquine, the better it will be for veterans and their healthcare providers.

In addition, Vic has served on several boards, including the Manchester Utilities Authority, Haledon Board of Education, 173rd Airborne Brigade Association, Welcome Home Vets Fund of New Jersey, and New Jersey Youth Theatre. Vic is a graduate of Rutgers, The State University, where he was an undergraduate associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.


Paige Ingram

Paige Ingram

Growing up, Paige developed a passion for history, law, and debate. As the daughter of a Vietnam War veteran, Paige has always held the upmost respect for our nation’s veterans, inspiring her commitment to assist veterans worldwide.

Paige was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and is a proud fan of the Sacramento Kings. Paige spent most of her childhood outside—skiing, snowboarding, swimming, playing soccer, and trying to beat her older brother at basketball. She was an avid reader and extremely inquisitive, driving her parents nuts with endless questions in the era before Google. As the third of four children, Paige was a born negotiator.

Growing up, Paige developed a passion for history, law, and debate. In fact, after watching Remember the Titans at 9 years old, Paige’s heart was set on attending Gettysburg College. 13 years later, she graduated cum laude from Gettysburg with a bachelor’s in political philosophy and history. She then received her master’s degree in Global Defense, Development, and Diplomacy from Durham University in the United Kingdom. Before writing her dissertation, she spent several weeks in Kenya researching the development of extremist organizations. While in Kenya, Paige saw all kinds of wildlife, including lions, baboons, giraffes, and zebras, and was lucky enough to come face to face with a couple hippopotamuses and live to tell about it.

After returning from abroad, Paige attended Syracuse University College of law. During law school, Paige spent a semester and two summers working for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the Department of Homeland Security. She also volunteered as a student attorney with the Wohl Family Veteran’s Legal Clinic, where she officially began her career as an advocate for disabled veterans. As the daughter of a Vietnam War veteran, Paige has always held the upmost respect for our nation’s veterans, inspiring her commitment to assist veterans worldwide.

Prior to joining Gang & Associates, Paige worked as an appellate attorney for Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick. Her practice involved representing disabled veterans before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Paige spends her free time with her family and pets, and enjoys watching her favorite sports teams, playing Trivia (thanks to all the Googling), and reading.


Wayne M. Braeuer

With over four decades of experience in veterans’ disability and benefits law, Wayne Braeuer joined the Gang & Associates veteran’s disability law firm to contribute directly to disabled veterans and their families seeking VA benefits.

Counsel, Gang & Associates, LLC

  • United States Army (1969-1972)
  • Staff Attorney, U.S. Board of Veterans Appeals, Washington DC (1978-1988)
  • Veterans Law Judge, U.S. Board of Veterans Appeals, Washington DC (1988-2017)

“As a Vietnam Veteran and former Senior Veterans Law Judge with the U.S. Board of Veterans’ Appeals, Wayne contributes a pivotal degree of knowledge and insight toward our team’s mission - to secure the VA benefits and support that disabled veterans and surviving family members deserve.”

About Wayne

With over four decades of experience in veterans’ disability and benefits law, Wayne Braeuer joined the Gang & Associates veteran’s disability law firm to contribute directly to disabled veterans and their families seeking VA benefits. Wayne’s extensive experience as a Veterans Law Judge with the U.S. Board of Veterans’ Appeals offers a unique, invaluable understanding of the Federal laws and regulations governing the Federal veterans’ benefits system.

Having participated in hundreds of complex hearings assessing benefits claims appealed by veterans, reviewed thousands of VA regional office decisions on medical and legal claims, assessed countless dockets of evidence for legality, and issued numerous decisions on appeal, Wayne’s professional background as a dedicated leader and mentor for fellow Judges and attorneys and veterans is of immeasurable importance to the planning, preparation, and presentation of successful VA claims and appeals.

Wayne divides his spare time between volunteering with the Inova Alexandria Hospital and contributing to the preservation of Virginia’s historic home and museum, the Lee-Fendall House, where he serves as a docent, tour guide, and special events assistant.

Education

  • University of Seattle School of Law, Seattle, WA (JD, 1976)
  • St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT (BA, History, 1969)

Practice Areas

  • Veterans Disability Law
  • DIC Benefits
  • CAVC Appeals
  • Service-Connection Claims
  • Increased Ratings Claims

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey (retired)

Contact Wayne

  • Email: [hidden email]
  • Phone: (908) 850-9999
  • Toll Free: (888) 878-9350

Of Counsel


Linda Ershow-Levenberg

Linda Ershow-Levenberg is Of Counsel to Gang & Associates. She represents seniors, people with disabilities, and those who care for them, by securing access to government benefits and planning for life-long family care & asset protection. Her tool kit includes estate planning, special needs trusts, litigation, guardianship, and Medicaid applications & appeals.

Linda Ershow-Levenberg is Of Counsel to Gang & Associates. She represents seniors, people with disabilities, and those who care for them, by securing access to government benefits and planning for life-long family care & asset protection. Her tool kit includes estate planning, special needs trusts, litigation, guardianship, and Medicaid applications & appeals.

Linda has been certified in Elder Law (C.E.L.A.)* by the National Elder Law Foundation since 1999, is the past chairman of the New Jersey State Bar Association Elder & Disability Law Section, and is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners (C.A.P.) of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), as well as a VA-accredited claims attorney.

Linda has served as a mentor to other attorneys throughout her career, and since 1997 has been a frequent lecturer on elder and special needs disability law to attorneys, other professionals, and the general public, through the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE); Rutgers Law School Institute for Professional Education (IPE); and other organizations.

Along with practicing law, Linda is always volunteering. She has been hosting Douglass Residential College (Rutgers University) externs annually since 1988. She coached teams for Princeton Moot Court competitions, and judges high school Mock Trial Competitions. She is a mentor to members of the NJ elder law bar and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Linda has been assisting people through the Darfur Refugee Resettlement Project, serves on the board of the Grotta Fund for Senior Care and YM-YWHA of Union County, and is an avid folk music singer/songwriter.

Linda earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Douglass College (Rutgers University), Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from Rutgers University Law School-Newark.