For a long time, our military men and women have been extensively trained to perform in combat situations, only to return home and have to fight for disability benefits — a battle for which they are completely unprepared! That is where we come in. We use our training and experience to get veterans the benefits they’ve earned through great sacrifice to their country.
— Dave Russotto
David Russotto began his legal career as an attorney with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He was stationed at Naval Base Norfolk as defense counsel and then as a Trial Counsel and Legal Services attorney at Naval Air Station Oceana. After attending Staff Judge Advocate School, David went on to work as staff judge advocate at FCTCLANT Dam Neck in Virginia Beach, providing legal advice to the base commander. In 1991 he went into private practice, and in 2000 Mr. Russotto helped found Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban. While David’s legal capabilities include personal injury law, criminal law and real estate development, his current practice is focused on representing veterans and their families in their claims for veteran’s benefits. He has received his accreditation from the Department of Veterans Affairs and is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims (CAVC), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and North Carolina state courts. David is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) and the North Carolina State Bar Association.
David’s long familiarity with the military and respect for the sacrifices made by U.S. veterans has been instrumental in his decision to represent disabled veterans and their families. Up until June 2007, veterans were not permitted to engage the services of an attorney to apply for benefits. Today, attorneys may be retained by applicants who have been turned down or received an unsatisfactory level of benefits and wish to appeal the VA’s decision. For these reasons, David champions the interests of veterans across the United States.