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Richard J. Hipolit, JD

Acting General Counsel Office of the General Counsel

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In his current position as Acting General Counsel, Richard J. Hipolit oversees and coordinates the work of the several Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Central Office Law Groups, OGC’s District Chief Counsel Offices, and OGC’s National Practice Groups, which provide legal services in areas encompassing all of VA’s Veterans’ programs, personnel, torts, and general law subject matters. He also participates in strategic planning and other management functions and coordinates legal services as the head of OGC’s Executive Leadership Team.

Previously, as Deputy General Counsel for Veterans Programs, Mr. Hipolit supervised OGC Central Office Law Groups and OGC’s Loan Guaranty National Practice Group in providing legal services in areas encompassing all of VA’s Veterans’ benefit programs, including health care. Mr. Hipolit joined VA in 1982 as a staff attorney and was appointed Deputy Assistant General Counsel in 1989 and Assistant General Counsel in 2005. He became a Deputy General Counsel in April 2014 and Principal Deputy in December 2018. Prior to joining VA, he was employed for five years as an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation, where he engaged mainly in regulatory and legislative matters involving motor vehicle safety.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY:

9/16/19 – present Acting General Counsel

12/2018 – 9/16/2019 Principal Deputy General Counsel

2014 – 2018 Deputy General Counsel for Veterans’ Programs, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs

2005 – 2014 Assistant General Counsel, Professional Staff Group II, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs

1989 – 2005 Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Professional Staff Group II, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs

1982 – 1989 Staff Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Veterans Affairs

1977 – 1982 Staff Attorney, Office of the Chief Counsel, NHTSA, Department of Transportation

EDUCATION:

J.D. George Washington University, National Law Center

B.A. University of Rochester

AWARDS AND HONORS:

2009 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award

2009 Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement

 

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