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

Mental Illness and Social Security Disability
If you have a severe mental illness that keeps you from working full-time, you may qualify for SSDI or SSI.
Can I Get Social Security Disability for Muscular Atrophy or SMA?
Whether you'll get disability benefits for muscular atrophy depends on the degree of muscle wasting you have and the limitations it causes.
Getting Disability Benefits for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
Shingles and even postherpetic neuralgia rarely qualify someone to receive Social Security disability.
How to Handle ALJ Bias or Misconduct at a Disability Appeal Hearing
Here's what to do if a Social Security judge behaves improperly at your disability hearing.
Getting Disability for Turner Syndrome and Related Problems
Disability benefits are available for those whose Turner Syndrome causes severe limitations.
Getting Disability for Dementia
Social Security disability applicants with certain kinds of dementia (or mixed dementia) can have their disability decision fast-tracked.
Getting Disability as a Nurse Who Can No Longer Work
If you're a nurse or nursing assistant who had to stop working due to illness or injury, you could be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Getting Disability as a Cashier Who Can No Longer Work
Classifying the physical and mental duties of your cashier position is a key step towards getting benefits.
Getting Disability as a Fast-Food Worker Who Can No Longer Work
Make sure Social Security knows exactly what your job duties were and why you can't do them anymore.
Getting Disability as a Secretary or Admin Assistant Who Can No Longer Work
If you've worked as a secretary or administrative assistant but are now unable to work due to a disability, you may be entitled to Social Security or SSI benefits. The nature of a disability applicant's past work can be a decisive factor in whether Social Security disability benefits are awarded, especially for claimants aged 50 and older.