Wade R. Bosley (RETIRED)

Wade Bosley Veterans' Lawyer

About Wade

Wade Bosley is the co-founder of Bosley & Bratch. Wade retired in 2015 after practicing law for over nearly 45 years. Wade spent the last twenty years of his practice exclusively assisting veterans, their dependents and survivors obtain monetary disability benefits handling claims for many different physical and mental disabilities, not just combat-related disabilities.

 

Experienced Veterans Disability Advocate

  • Wade was a national leader in veterans law. He’s a two term past President and former Board Member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, a national group of lawyers and agents advocating veterans’ rights.
  • Wade pioneered the use of PTSD as an element of damage and disability in civilian cases.
  • In 2008, Wade was honored with the prestigious PTSD VETS, INC., Service Award for his service on behalf of veterans with PTSD.
  • On Veterans Day 2012, Wade appeared on the Nationally Syndicated Tom Sullivan Show on Fox Business News discussing veterans’ issues.
  • In April 2013, Wade received that “2012 Pro Bono Advocate of the Year” at the National Organization of Veterans Advocates in Washington, D.C.
  • In April 2013, Wade received a plaque in recognition of his service to the National Organization of Veterans Advocates during his presidency of the organization from 2008-2009.
  • In April 2015, Wade was awarded the prestigious Kenneth M. Carpenter Achievement Award for Excellence and was inducted into the Hall of Honor by the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates for his lifetime achievement and service to veterans and their families.

Lectures Presented on Veterans Disability Law

Wade has chaired seminars and lectured attorneys and non-attorneys from coast to coast in how to best win disability cases for veterans and their families. He has an abiding desire that all disabled individuals should have access to the best legal help possible, and has donated a great deal of his time to achieve this goal. Here is a list of his presentations over the past 30 years:

 

  • “A Useful Psych C&P Exam?  It takes Preparation,” presented at the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Orlando, FL, Fall 2014.
  • “30 Tips in 60 minutes on VA Practice,” presented at the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Arlington, VA, Spring 2013.
  • “VA Claims Process Overview, VA vs. WC,” published in Workers’ First Watch by the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Washington, D.C., Spring 2011.
  • “Navigating Mine Fields in VA Disability Claims,” presented at the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Washington, D.C., 2010.
  • “VA Claims Process Overview,” presented to the Worker’s Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Ventura, FL 2010.
  • “Winning PTSD Claims,” presented to National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Chicago, IL, 2009.
  • “Prosecuting a VA Case from Start to Finish,” presented at New Practitioner Seminar, National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Chicago, IL, 2009.
  • “Representing Veterans at the VA Administrative Levels,” presented to National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR), Miami Beach, FL, 2008.
  • “Representing Veterans as Part of Your Practice,” presented to NOSSCR, Miami Beach, FL, 2008.
  • “Handling Appeals at the Administrative Level,” presented to National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR), St. Petersburg, FL, 2008.
  • “A Brief History of Veterans Benefits or A Perpetuated Legacy of Shame,” presented to NADR, St. Petersburg, FL, 2008.
  • “Getting Paid for Handling a Claim for Veterans Benefits,” presented to NADR, St. Petersburg, FL, 2008.
  • “A NOD Has Been Filed Now What?”, presented to National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Arlington, VA, 2007.
  • “Case Demonstration VA Claim,” presented to National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, New Practitioners Seminar, New Orleans, LA, 2007.
  • “DRO Hearings,” presented to National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, New Orleans, LA, 2007.
  • “How to Handle the VA Claim from Notice of Disagreement Through BVA Decision,” presented to National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Bethesda, MD, 2007.
  • “Handling VA Claims at the Regional Office,” segment on nationally distributed DVD, “Beginner’s Guide to Veterans Law Practice – 2007 Edition,” recorded in San Diego, CA, 2007.
  • “Handling Hearings at the Regional Office and BVA,” presented to National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, New Orleans, LA, 2007.
  • “Navigating the Minefield in Processing VA Claims,” presented at New Practitioner Seminar, National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, New Orleans, LA, 2007.
  • “Records Review in Psychological Disability Claims,” presented to National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, San Diego, CA, 2004.
  • “Handling VA Hearings,” presented to National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, San Antonio, TX, 2003.
  • “All You Need to Know About Veterans Law in 15 Minutes,” presented to Allen County Bar Association, Social Security Division, 2000.
  • “Operation Veteran Assist,” presented to Allen County Bar Association, Social Security Section, 1999.
  • “U.S. Veteran vs. Department of Veterans Affairs – A Hot LZ Without Air Support,” presented to Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1999.
  • “Identifying the Client With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” presented to American Trial Lawyers Association, Galaxy of Rising Stars, New Orleans, LA, 1991.
  • “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” presented to Georgia Bar Association, Atlanta, GA, 1988, Seminar Chair and Speaker.
  • “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” Joint ITLA-ICLEF Seminar, Nashville, IN, 1985, Seminar Chair and Speaker.

Military Experience

Prior to representing veterans, and contemporaneous with his representing civilians in disability claims, Wade was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 38th Infantry Division, HHC, 138th Signal Battalion, Indiana National Guard. His MOS was 11B Infantry.

Experience Handling Civilian Disability Cases

 

Before dedicating his practice to exclusively representing veterans, Wade spent 25 years representing people in civilian disability cases. He was a trial lawyer who fought for compensation for our citizens who became disabled as a result of the negligence of others. He pioneered the use of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as an element of damage in personal injury cases. Wade also helped thousands of civilians and veterans obtain Social Security disability benefits. His previous civilian experience has translated well to his present practice of veterans disability law.

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Chicago, Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Claims Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Washington, D.C.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Accredited Representative #9042

Year Joined Firm

  • 1980

Areas of Practice

Education

  • Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana (J.D., 1971)
  • Indiana Military Academy, 1968-1969, 2nd LT, ING
  • BCT & AIT at Ft. Lewis, WA, MOS 11B
  • Kenyon College (B.A., 1967)

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, VA law topics
  • Lecturer, civil disability topics
  • Attendee, over 100 VA law lectures

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), Former two term President and Member of the Board of Directors
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Associate Lifetime Member
  • National Veterans Organization (NVO), Life Member

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