U.S. Supreme Court Grants in Veterans’ Disability Case

As mentioned in my prior blog post, the U.S. Supreme Court was considering two petitions concerning the issue of disposition of disabled veterans’ benefits in marital property settlements consequent to divorce.  I have a case pending in the Michigan Supreme Court addressing this very issue, in which I noted the potential for grants in the U.S. Supreme Court.

On December 2, 2016, two days after filing the application in the Michigan Supreme Court, SCOTUS granted the petition in the case of Howell v. Howell. We filed supplemental authority pleadings in the Michigan Supreme Court to put it on notice that the Supreme Court of the United States appears poised to decide the issue.

Read our notice of supplemental authority, which includes the Howell Petition, and the Supreme Court’s docket notating the December 2 grant.



Carson J. Tucker is an appellate and insurance coverage lawyer providing highly specialized and unique services to his clients in Michigan and abroad.

Mr. Tucker handles all types of appellate matters and assists other lawyers with complex litigation and insurance coverage issues.  Mr. Tucker represents local and state governmental entities, national and international businesses and insurance companies, and global corporations.

After law school, Mr. Tucker was a research lawyer for the Michigan Court of Appeals and then a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen J. Markman, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

After 26 years of reserve military service, Mr. Tucker retired as a Major in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps of the United States Army.  He served the Michigan National Guard as a Brigade Command Judge Advocate and as a staff Judge Advocate for the Joint Maneuver Training Center, Camp Grayling, Michigan, a military training facility in northern Michigan. Prior to serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Tucker served in the U.S. Navy Reserves.  During his service as a Judge Advocate for the Army, Mr. Tucker received the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal, which is the highest honor a soldier can receive when serving in a non-combat role.  The award recited his role in providing legal advice and counsel and preparing written pleadings for the National Guard Bureau in cases pending in the United States Supreme Court, as well as for his role as the Staff Judge Advocate at Michigan’s Joint-Force Maneuver Training Center (JMTC) Camp Grayling, and for legal support provided to Joint Force Headquarters of the Michigan National Guard.

Mr. Tucker has developed a particular expertise in prosecuting and defending appeals and has had several significant successes in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals.  In addition to his work on appeals, Mr. Tucker writes amicus curiae briefs for private entities, municipal organizations, and governmental entities in pending appeals.

Mr. Tucker is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and lower state and federal courts in Michigan.

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