Brandon has been practicing law for over 16 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University in 2000, cum laude, and then his Juris Doctor from UIC John Marshall Law School, in 2003. Prior to entering the practice of law, Brandon served in the United States Navy from January 1993 through December 1996. He served as an Operations Specialist on board the Spruance-class destroyer, USS Kinkaid (DD-965), working in the combat information center (CIC) a/k/a: “combat”, the tactical nerve center of the ship. Additionally, Brandon coordinated radio/telephone operations with marine ground troops during naval gunfire support operations and held a secret clearance as a member of the Shipboard Intelligence Team.
Upon its return from deployment to the western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf, the USS Kinkaid underwent a period of overhaul at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. During this time, Brandon was designated to serve as a member of the Admiral’s staff at Commander Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Three (COMDESRON 23) on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz (CVN-68). As a result of his naval service, Brandon was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Battle [Excellence] Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal. Brandon is a “Golden” Shellback having been initiated at the crossing of the Equator at the 180th meridian (International Date Line). Brandon is also an active member of VFW Post 1114.
As a veteran and lawyer, Brandon is personally dedicated and steadfast in his pursuit of helping veterans obtain the benefits they deserve. He is further committed to continuing education in the ever changing area of VA law and is a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates.