Michigan Supreme Court Grants to Consider Impact of United States Supreme Court Decision Protecting Veterans’ Disability Pay from Property Divisions in State Court Divorce Proceedings

Yesterday, November 7, 2018, the Supreme Court of Michigan granted my Application for Leave to Appeal (After Remand) in the case of Foster v Foster, to consider the impact of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Howell v Howell, which unanimously held all veterans’ disability pay, with but one statutory exception, was jurisdictionally protected by principles of federal preemption from division as a marital asset upon divorce between the former servicemember and his or her spouse.

The Court’s order can be viewed here: MSC Grant Order in Foster v Foster

This case is one of many across the country that are addressing the impact of Howell v Howell upon prior state court decisions purporting to divide veterans’ benefits as a property asset upon divorce.

I am looking forward to addressing the Michigan Supreme Court in this very important case impacting Michigan’s veterans and their constitutional entitlement to their benefits.

 

 

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Owner of law firm since July 2014; Handles all types of appellate matters and assists other lawyers with complex litigation and insurance coverage issues; Admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the State Bar of Michigan; Expertise in prosecuting and defending appeals with several significant successes in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals; Author of briefs amicus curiae in the Michigan Supreme Court for the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and the Insurance Institute of Michigan; Represents Insurance Companies, Major International Business, Governmental Entities, Law Enforcement Officers and County Sheriffs. Board of Directors, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Amicus Committee Co-Chair, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Military - Retired Major in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of the United States Army, Brigade Judge Advocate and Staff JAG officer for the Maneuver Training Center, Camp Grayling, Michigan; Recipient of the Army's Meritorious Service Medal (the highest medal of honor available to Soldiers serving in non-combat roles); 2012 Graduate of the Judge Advocate Officer Advanced Course, at The Judge Advocate Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Virginia. United States Navy Reserves, Combat Warfare Qualification, January 1989 to July 2003 Former law clerk to Justice Stephen J. Markman, Michigan Supreme Court, Research Attorney, Michigan Court of Appeals. Insurance Coverage Associate Plunkett Cooney; Environmental Law Attorney at Squire Sanders, now Squire Patton Boggs; Master's Degree in Environmental Law; Environmental Law Scholar, ALI/ABA Washington, D.C., Juris Doctorate, Vermont Law School, Environmental Editor, Vermont Law Review; Treasurer and Finalist, Moot Court Advisory Board.
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