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July 14, 2021, 8:46 AM

They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40 - Mel Bostwick of Orrick

Lisa Helem
Lisa Helem
Executive Editor

Please describe two of your most substantial, recent wins in practice.
My most significant win is my en banc Federal Circuit victory in Procopio v. Wilkie, where I convinced the court to reverse its precedent and hold that Blue Water Navy veterans who served in Vietnam’s territorial seas are presumptively entitled to disability benefits for the effects of Agent Orange exposure. Mr. Procopio passed away recently, two years after finally receiving benefits, but he left behind 90,000 fellow veterans grateful for his persistence.

Another significant win came last year, when I secured a writ of mandamus for one of ...

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