Brandon A. Jonas, ESQ

Attorney

Lawyer for VA for 16 years who is now on your side.

Brandon spent some of his tenure at VA advising policymakers. He worked alongside VA scientists to respond to new reports from the National Academy of Medicine on Agent Orange during the Vietnam era and burn pits and other exposures resulting from the Gulf War and Post 9/11 deployments. Although it was certainly thrilling to advise high-ranking officials on system-wide policies, Brandon feels most gratified when he is using his skills and expertise to fight on behalf of individual Veterans and their families.

Brandon worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for 16 years, first at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and then in the Office of General Counsel.  He defended the government’s decisions before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and also at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as co-counsel with the Department of Justice.

Brandon grew up in Southern California with no lawyers in his family (at the time—now both his wife and brother are practicing attorneys).  After catching the law bug by way of his high school debate and mock trial teams, Brandon learned more about government and public policy as a political science major at UCLA.  He went east for law school, graduating from Cornell in 2007.  Then Mr. Jonas went to Washington—to work for VA, meet his wife, and start a family.  Brandon and his wife are now raising their son and daughter in beautiful central New Jersey.

Brandon is proud of the work he has done for veterans and their families at Gang and Associates.  A recent highlight has been starting a partnership with the Cornell Law School Veterans Law Practicum, which allows eager law students to gain experience in the unique practice of veterans law while giving clients extra enthusiastic advocacy at the Court of Appeals for Veterans claims at no cost to them.

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New Jersey Bar
  • New York Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Accredited Representative

Lectures & Speaking Engagements

  • Cornell Law School, Veterans Law Practicum, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

Published Cases

Representing VA:

  • Crews v. McDonough, 36 Vet. App 67 (2023)
  • Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc. v. Sec’y of Veterans Affairs, 63 F.4th 935 (Fed. Cir. 2023)
  • Prewitt v. McDonough, 36 Vet. App 1 (2022)
  • Morse v. McDonough, 994 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2021)
  • Perry v. Wilkie, 983 F.3d 484 (Fed. Cir. 2020)
  • Burkhart v. Wilkie, 971 F.3d 1363 (Fed. Cir. 2020)
  • Procopio v. Sec’y of Veterans Affairs, 943 F.3d 1376 (Fed. Cir. 2019)
  • Dela Cruz v. Wilkie, 931 F.3d 1143 (Fed. Cir. 2019)
  • Procopio v. Wilkie, 913 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2019) (en banc)
  • Cook v. Wilkie, 908 F.3d 813 (Fed. Cir. 2018)
  • Winters v. Wilkie, 898 F.3d 1377 (Fed. Cir. 2018)
  • Gray v. Sec’y of Veterans Affairs, 884 F.3d 1379 (Fed. Cir. 2018) (reh’g denied), vacated as moot sub nom. Gray v. Wilkie, 139 S. Ct. 2764 (2019)
  • Disabled American Veterans v. Sec’y of Veterans Affairs, 859 F.3d 1072 (Fed. Cir. 2017)
  • Swain v. McDonald, 27 Vet. App. 219 (2015)
  • Tagupa v. McDonald, 27 Vet. App. 95 (2014)

Associations

Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association