Claire L. Hillan Sosa

Claire Hillan Sosa

Phone: 336-373-1130

Fax: 336-373-1466

[email protected]

Court Appointments

  • 2018 – D.C. Bar*
  • 2021 – VA Certification
  • 2021 – U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Serving the public interest has always been important to attorney Claire Hillan Sosa. After working for the Department of Veterans Affairs reviewing claims at the Board of Veterans Appeals, Claire was driven to transition to private practice, where she could have more of an impact.

Working at the VA, Claire often found herself frustrated by the bureaucracy and internal rules that limited how she could help injured and disabled veterans. As a VA Disability attorney, she’s able to use her legal skills, her firsthand knowledge of the VA’s systems and her deep understanding of the law to tirelessly advocate for her clients.

The highlight of Claire’s work is always hearing from her clients that she’s brought them some relief and eased their burdens—be they emotional, mental, or financial.

Claire comes from a family with a long history of military service, dating back to World War I. Her husband is an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force. So veterans issues are very important to her on a personal, as well as professional, level. 

Claire, who grew up in New York City, received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science magna cum laude from CUNY Queens College. She earned a Master of Science and Juris Doctor summa cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb. She is a VA accredited attorney and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).

Claire is a contributing author to the Veterans Law Journal, a publication of the CAVC Bar Association. She is a member of the D.C. Bar, the Federal Bar Association, and Military Spouse J.D. Network. She also is a member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) and serves on the organization’s social committee.

She clerked for Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican of the Nebraska Supreme Court, and then federal district judge Joseph F. Bataillon before completing an impact-litigation fellowship in constitutional law. She then transitioned to her passion of helping veterans obtain the full benefits they deserve.

In law school, Claire was executive editor of the Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal. She was a finalist in Creighton’s 2L trial competition. In 2014 she received a nomination for best moot court brief. In 2015, she was a regional semifinalist in the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition. By the time she graduated second in her class, Claire had earned the top grade in nine courses.

She attended the Women’s Campaign School in 2010 during undergrad and worked on several political campaigns before law school.

Claire is an active community volunteer as a member of the Junior League of Moore County. The organization volunteers and raises money for causes benefitting women and children.

In her free time, Claire enjoys hiking, yoga and gardening.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband, their young daughter and two dogs.

*Claire is actively licensed by the DC Bar. Claire is not currently licensed in NC and does not practice any state law.

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