Gentry Hogan, a Navy Veteran from a family with a long history of military service, found his calling when he began representing Veterans in their disability claims. Gentry, who joined Deuterman Law Group in 2015, is one of fewer than a dozen attorneys in the state focusing exclusively on Veterans’ disability cases.
He is a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for his clients, who were hurt or disabled in service to their country. He is quick to point out that VA benefits are not a gift, but a right – a contract between service members and their country.
Not only is he committed to securing benefits for Veterans, but Gentry also recognizes how important it is for them to be recognized for their service and sacrifices. One of the most important parts of his job is standing with Veterans and encouraging them as they navigate the bureaucratic VA benefits system.
At the end of each case, his goal is to ensure his clients receive the dignity and respect they deserve, as well as the financial and medical benefits that are their legal right.
Gentry has 25 years experience handling Social Security Disability cases, as a lawyer and non-attorney representative. Gentry’s parents both practiced Social Security Disability law in his hometown of Sanford. While he excelled in those types of cases, as well, his work with Veterans is clearly a passion.
As a service-connected vet, he feels a kinship with his clients – a bond only shared by others who have worn a uniform in service to their country.
Gentry combines that passion with a wealth of knowledge of the VA system that few other attorneys possess, resulting in positive outcomes for his Veteran clients who have been previously denied benefits.
He is certified to practice before the Veterans Administration. Gentry is also a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court bar, the only two courts authorized to hear VA benefits appeals outside of the Veteran’s Administration itself.
Gentry attended N.C. State University before transferring to the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, concentrating in English literature.
He earned his juris doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Pennsylvania in 1998. While there, he was managing student director of the Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic and author of the clinic’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing handbook. He was also president of Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity.
Gentry was a partner in Wolf & Hogan, P.C., from 1998 to 2011, then practiced on his own at The Hogan Law Firm for four years before joining DLG. He is also a certified superior court mediator and owned MediationNC.org, where he mediated workers’ compensation cases and cases involving civil disputes and family law issues.
He is a member of the Supreme Court Bar of the United States, the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the N.C. Advocates for Justice, the National Association for Veterans’ Advocates and the American Association for Justice. He is an appointed member of the N.C. Bar Association’s Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
In 2009, he received the Order of Service from NCAJ, where he has also served two terms as chairman of the Disability Advocacy Section. He was named to the Who’s Who in Business Leaders in 2001.
Gentry has been a national speaker for the NOSSCR and the National Association of Disability Representatives.
Gentry is an extremely devoted family man. He and his wife, Anna, have four children, two girls and two boys.
As parents of a child with autism, they are active with the Autism Society of North Carolina. The family has also fostered rescued pets through the Franklin County Humane Society and Peak Lab Rescue.
Gentry and his family recently moved from Raleigh to Clemmons to be closer to the state’s regional VA office and the firm’s Winston-Salem office, where he is based.