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

Can You Get Disability for Diabetes?
An individual may qualify for Social Security disability benefits based on uncontrolled diabetes or related symptoms like peripheral neuropathy or poor vision.
Can You Get Workers' Compensation for Pain and Suffering?
Workers' comp doesn't provide compensation for pain and suffering, but you may receive benefits if the pain of a physical injury leads to a mental disorder.
Unemployment Benefits FAQ
Answers to common questions on collecting unemployment compensation.
Psychological Evaluations for Social Security Disability
If you're applying for Social Security disability based on a mental, psychological, or emotional condition, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will often schedule you for an independent evalu
Workplace Injury Lawsuits: When You Can Sue Outside of Workers' Compensation
Workers' compensation insurance may not be your only recourse for a workplace injury.
Workers' Compensation: What Happens at a Mediation or Settlement Conference?
You're more likely to get a fair settlement offer if you're well-prepared for mediation.
Reopening a Closed Workers' Compensation Case
States have different rules for when and why you can ask for more benefits after you’ve already received a workers’ comp settlement or award.
Sexual Orientation Discrimination: Your Rights
A recent Supreme Court decision prohibits sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace.
Pitfalls to Avoid at Your Social Security Disability Hearing
Don't get tripped up by these common pitfalls at your disability hearing.
Understanding Your Unfavorable ALJ Decision (Social Security Disability Denial)
Here's how you can understand an ALJ's decision denying you Social Security disability benefits.