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

Children With ADHD or ADD: How to Get SSI Disability Benefits
To be eligible for SSI benefits based on ADHD or ADD, a child must have severe limitations that meet strict criteria. A diagnosis by itself isn't enough.
Social Security Disability: Advice From a Disability Examiner
Here's some advice from a former claims examiner on applying for and winning your SSDI or SSI disability case.
Social Security Disability Attorney and Law Firm Information
Disability attorneys and advocates get paid only if you win, so they do what they can to give you the best chance of success.
How Are Permanent Partial Disability Benefits Calculated?
Permanent partial disability benefits, which are paid after the worker has recovered, are calculated in different ways in different states.
What Not to Say When Filling Out Social Security Disability Forms
It's more important to focus on saying as much as you can about your disability.
Is It Possible to Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Muscular Atrophy?
Whether you'll get disability benefits for muscular atrophy depends on the degree of muscle wasting you have and the limitations it causes.
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.
Getting Disability Benefits for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
Shingles and even postherpetic neuralgia rarely qualify someone to receive Social Security disability.
Filing a Long-Term Disability Claim: What to Know
Long-term disability (LTD) insurance pays monthly benefits to covered workers who become unable to perform the duties of their job for medical reasons.
Reasons Why LTD Permanent Disability Can Be Canceled
If you're receiving long-term disability (LTD) benefits, keep in mind that your insurance company can terminate your monthly payments for any number of reasons.