Velena West vs. V.A, DAB Case 51 (2012), Attorney Eric L. Pines represented a Nurse at the
Michael Debakey Houston VA Hospital before the VA Disciplinary Appeals
Board. The case went to a three-day hearing before a board of three nurse
peers. The nurse was wrongfully accused of mistreating a veteran. The
testimony included 15 witnesses. Specifically, the director of the VA
Hospital, Mr. Adam Walmus, was convincingly cross-examined by attorney
Pines. Ultimately, The Board felt that Mr. Walmus should have presented
the nurse with his findings and given her the opportunity to respond to
the charges. The Board ultimately decided 100% in favor of the Appellant.
She is to receive full back-pay and the suspension will be removed from
her records in its entirety. A petition for attorneys’ fees is pending.