Finkelstein & Partners, LLP Injury Attorneys

Christine Clemens | Veterans Disability Lawyer

Attorney | Manhattan

Areas of Practice
Veterans Disability
University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 2008 University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, M.P.P. 2008 University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. 2003
California, 2008 New York, 2013 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited, 2012 U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (C.A.V.C.), 2012
National Organization of Veterans Advocates
CAVC Bar Association
Speaker, Pepperdine University, The Reality of Homelessness in Los Angeles, November 2011. Panelist, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and U.S. Department of Labor Conference- Promoting Wellness: An Integrated Approach to Homeless Service Delivery, The Los Angeles Homeless Court Model, August 2011. Panelist, Chapman University School of Law, Securing a Public Interest Fellowship, September 2010. Panelist, UC Irvine School of Law, Public Interest Program, Pre-Law Outreach Program, July 2010. Panelist, UC Irvine School of Law, Orange County Human Rights Association Panel, “Homeless in Los Angeles,” February 2010. Speaker, TEDx Potomac, On Being a Leader in Public Interest Law, Equal Justice Works-AmeriCorps Conference, Arlington, VA, October 2009.

Christine Clemens joined the firm in October 2012 after trading in the Los Angeles sun for the pizza and bagels of New York. As a Managing Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator for F&P’s Veterans Services Group, Christine’s practice focuses on VA disability compensation appeals for veterans and their survivors.
After having received her JD from the University of Michigan Law School and Masters in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in 2008, Christine began her career as an Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Legal Fellow in the Homelessness Prevention Law Project at Public Counsel in Los Angeles. After her fellowship, Christine stayed on to work as a staff attorney in Public Counsel’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project, and later, its Center for Veterans Advancement.
At Public Counsel, Christine ran a legal advocacy program throughout Los Angeles County on-site at fourteen different Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) office to reach out to hungry and homeless individuals in need of legal advice, connection to vital resources, and advocacy assistance. Christine also started up and coordinated numerous weekly legal clinics and provided direct legal service at a variety of organizations serving homeless youth, families, individuals, and Veterans. In addition to her legal advocacy, Christine engaged in policy advocacy on issues of homelessness and public assistance with the County of Los Angeles.
In 2010, Christine started up a medical-legal partnership with SHIELDS for Families’ Healthy Start Program and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, to promote better health outcomes for pregnant and parenting mothers in South Los Angeles. Christine also coordinated Los Angeles County’s Homeless Court Program.
Since 2012, Christine has worked with homeless Veterans on their benefits and general legal issues. She has conducted numerous CLEs on veterans’ law and poverty law across the country. At the Spring 2017 NOVA Conference, she was named the 2016 CVA-NOVA Pro Bono Advocate of the Year. In addition to managing pro bono projects and cases at her firm and her participation in the CVA/NOVA Program, she has handled pro bono cases for Veterans Rebuilding Life, Connecticut Veterans Legal Services Program, Legal Services NYC, and the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium. Christine has been selected to the Super Lawyers New York Rising Stars List in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Christine is admitted to practice in the courts of California and New York, before the Veterans’ Administration (VA), the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims (CAVC), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), and the Supreme Court of the United States. In April 2018, Christine was appointed to the CAVC Committee on Admission and Practice. She is also a member of the CAVC Bar Association. Christine is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Committee on Veterans where she has served on the CLE Subcommittee. She is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA) and currently serves on the Regulation Comment Committee and the Amicus and Litigation Committee. She has worked collaborative to produce Amicus briefs to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of NYSBA and NOVA.

In October 2018, Ms. Clemens was nominated for a 3-year-term to the NOVA Board of Directors. Ms. Clemens will serve as Secretary for the next year. The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) is a national organization of attorneys and other qualified members who act as advocates for disabled veterans.


Note, Technological Advancement and International Human Rights: Is Science Improving Human Life or Perpetuating Human Rights Violations?, Michigan Journal of International Law, Fall 2007. 

Regulatory Comment to Senator Boxer and the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs, Letter regarding the need for the Department of Veterans Affairs to trademark the phrase “GI Bill,” April 19, 2012. Available at