Aaron Hotfelder

J.D., University of Missouri School of Law

Aaron Hotfelder is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in employment law and workers' compensation law. He has written for Nolo and Lawyers.com since 2011, covering topics ranging from workplace discrimination to unemployment benefits to employee privacy laws. He's a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).    

Books and citations. Aaron has edited a number of Nolo titles, including The Manager's Legal Handbook, Dealing With Problem Employees, and Working With Independent Contractors, and is a co-author of The Employer's Legal Handbook. Aaron's work has been cited by U.S. News & World Report, TheStreet.com, the St. Louis University Law Journal, and the Minnesota Law Review, among many other outlets.

Early legal career. Prior to joining Nolo as a legal editor, Aaron worked at a small law firm in Columbia, Missouri, representing clients in Social Security disability, long-term disability, and workers’ compensation cases. He later spent three years serving as an employment law consultant for a human resources and benefits compliance firm.

Education. Aaron received his law degree in 2010 from the University of Missouri School of Law. He holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Truman State University, known by some as the "Harvard of Northeast Missouri." 


Articles By Aaron Hotfelder

What to Consider When Choosing Your Disability Onset Date
Choosing the right disability onset date can make or break your case for Social Security disability.
Filing for SSDI or SSI Disability in Missouri
Missouri pays a supplement to SSI recipients who live in residential care or assisted living facilities.
How to Write an On the Record Request to Get Disability Benefits Without a Hearing
If you have a strong disability case on paper, consider requesting an OTR decision from the Social Security judge assigned to your case.
Getting Disability as a Janitor or Cleaner Who Can No Longer Work
If you're a janitor or cleaner who can no longer work due to medical issues, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits. In evaluating your disability claim, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will first consider whether you can't handle the physical and mental demands of your past janitorial or cleaning work.
Nurse Practitioner's Opinion on Disability Should Not be Ignored, Federal Judge Rules
Read our case review & analysis of Dale v. Colvin 2016
Can I get long-term disability insurance benefits if my employer fired me and ended my policy?
The decisive question is whether you were insured on your disability onset date, not whether you're insured on the date you file your claim.
Will Continuing to Live With My Ex-Husband Affect my SSI?
Can the SSA use his income toward my case?
What Are the Chances of Getting Disability for a Nurse Who Can No Longer Work
If you're a nurse or nursing assistant who was forced to stop working due to illness or injury, you could be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. After many years of nursing, it's common for RNs, LPNs, LVNs, and CNAs to suffer from chronic back and neck injuries due to manually lifting and bending over patients.
Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD) and Disability Benefits
Parents of children with PDD-NOS usually have a more difficult time getting benefits than parents of children with autism.
Getting Disability for Vascular Dementia or Dementia With Lewy Bodies (DLB)
Social Security disability applicants with more than one type of dementia, or dementia with Lewy bodies, are entitled to a fast-tracked disability decision.