I’m very sorry to report the death of Neil Kabatchnick. Neil was for many years the undisputed leader of the portion of the Court of Federal Claims bar that handles military cases. Many of the greatest victories were his. He was unstinting in his help to new practitioners, and could cite cases by volume and page number. He was personally modest and never sought the limelight, but he had a great nose for injustice and was tenacious on behalf of his clients. Born in Scranton 85 years ago, he served as a yeoman in the Navy.

4 Responses to “Neil Kabatchnick”

  1. Charlie Gittins says:

    I met Neil in your office.  I am proud to say I knew him, if only by the fact that I tagged on his coat-tails with BCNR and Fed Ct litigation.


  2. who's your daddy says:

    thanks for sharing Gene.  All readers and contributers here know the importance of paying tribute to those that carried the torch before us.
    RIP Neil! Blessings to his family and friends.

  3. Ryan Kabatchnick says:


    On behalf of my entire family, thank you for the kind words about my Grandfather. 

    Kind Regards,
    Ryan Kabatchnick

  4. Loren Smith says:

    Gene, I echo your words.  Neil was a wonderful lawyer and person.  He and Fran, who is an honorary member of the bar of the Court of Federal Claims, played an important and major role in helping the court become more effective and better at administering justice. Neil was not only respected by those in the area of military law but also by the lawyers in the contract, tax, patents, and other areas of the court’s bar.  During my years as Chief Judge Neil was always there helping our court judicial conferences, seminars, and Summer intern programs. During my 15 years as Chief he was a member of the court’s advisory council. He was the model of the good and dedicated principled lawyer we should all in our profession aspire to be. Our judges all admired and respected Neil.  Our court and its bar miss him.  Loren