january 5, 2013

General William Greenberg, recipient of GI Go Fund’s 2012 Justice Award, Appointed By President Obama to Serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Partner at McCarter & English Law Firm and former NJ National Guard General now joins federal claims court for Veterans

General William Greenberg at the 2012 GI Go Fund Veterans Day Gala

NEWARK, NJ - William S. Greenberg, a retired General in the NJ National Guard and a senior partner at the McCarter & English law firm, was appointed by President Obama to serve as the newest Judge on the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. General Greenberg took the oath of office on December 28, in a private ceremony in Princeton after his appointment was confirmed by the US Senate on December 21. General Greenberg’s new position will give him the responsibility of hearing all final decisions from the Board of Veterans' Appeals, which is in charge of reviewing all claims for benefits and assistance from veterans enrolled in the VA. Greenberg’s work with military families and veterans made him an ideal candidate for the post. He established and chaired the New Jersey State Bar Association pro bono program of military legal assistance for members of the Reserve Components called to active duty after September 11, 2001.

In addition, he partnered with the GI Go Fund to create the Veterans Justice Initiative, which gives veterans arrested for low level offenses connections to critical services from the VA, Social Security Administration, the Department of Labor, as well as access to pro bono legal assistance. Just prior to his nomination by the President, the organization awarded Greenberg with the 2012 Military and Veterans Justice Award at their annual Veterans Day Gala in November for all that he has done for veterans in need of legal assistance.

“This is a great honor, and I look forward to addressing the many critical legal issues facing veterans today entrusted to me by the President,” Greenberg said in a statement. “At the same time, I am sad to leave McCarter, which has provided me an exceptional platform for building a strong litigation practice and where I have made many close friends.”

General Greenberg has had a long and distinguished career in both the military and legal worlds. His legal career spanned 45 years, with the past 19 of which he has spent as a partner at McCarter, New Jersey’s largest law firm. The majority of his career has involved litigation, largely on behalf of US-based corporations. At the same time, he has focused extensive time on military issues, having served in the Reserve Components of the United States Army for 27 years, rising to the rank of Brigadier General.

On behalf of the GI Go Fund and the countless veterans whose lives have been impacted by his decades of service, we would like to congratulate General Greenberg on this appointment, as no person is more deserving for this prestigious position than him.