Pictured left to right: Doug Foley, Scott Binkley, Mariam Eatedali, Taylor Gayton, Mona Mohib, John Thompson and Ryan Bernstein
McGuireWoods and McGuireWoods Consulting took part in a Feb. 13, 2020,
reception at the U.S. Capitol to commemorate the enactment of the Honoring
American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act.
John Thompson and
Doug Foley and McGuireWoods Consulting senior vice presidents Mona Mohib and
Ryan Bernstein, vice president
Scott Binkley, assistant vice president
Taylor Gayton and research associate
attended the event, along with members of the American Bankruptcy
Institute’s Task Force on Veterans and Servicemembers Affairs and sponsors
of the legislation, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and U.S. Rep. Lucia
Kay McBath (D-Ga.).
The HAVEN Act, signed into law Aug. 23, 2019, helps American military
veterans shield disability and other Veterans Administration benefits
during bankruptcy proceedings. McGuireWoods and MWC
worked pro bono to advocate for the legislation to help reverse an inequity in the law that harmed
service members facing financial distress.
Thompson played a key role in raising awareness of the need for the
legislation and worked with the law firm’s Veteran Lawyers Network, which
he chairs, and the ABI’s task force to help craft, advocate for and collect
co-sponsors in support of the HAVEN Act. Mohib, Bernstein and MWC vice
Edward Hill played vital roles developing the proposal and helping the ABI task force
get the legislation passed in Congress.