For The Record

Even with his duties as senior counsel of Richmond-based Dominion Energy, David DePippo, L’02, put significant time and energy into a pro bono case involving veterans.

Having attended Richmond Law on the Montgomery GI Bill after serving in the United States Coast Guard, DePippo represented an Army veteran and federal counterterrorism agent who was denied his full educational benefits to attend Yale Divinity School. His client sought to use both his Montgomery GI Bill and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits because of his two separate tours of duty but was denied. During his appeal, his benefits were forfeited and limited; his admission to Yale lapsed; and his age disqualified him for reenlistment.

The yearslong litigation paid off in August 2019 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims ruled in favor of the veteran, who DePippo said was motivated “to make sure other people would have these opportunities.” The judgment could lead to hundreds of thousands of veterans seeking higher education cumulatively receiving billions of dollars in government benefits.