Marvin & Associates, P.C.

James Robert Schiff



James Robert Schiff has been an associate with the firm since June of 2010. He represents adults and children in disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income (SSI) cases from the initial level up through the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. At the Seventh Circuit, he argued and won the case of Bjornson v. Astrue, 671 F.3d 640 (7th CIr. 2012). Mr. Schiff also wrote briefs for two other successful Seventh Circuit appeals, Scott v. Astrue, 647 F.3d 734 (7th CIr. 2011) and Chase v. Astrue, 458 Fed. App'x. 553 (7th Cir. 2012). Outside of work, Mr. Schiff is involved with the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) as an attorney mentor to law students, and coaches the Chicago Bar Association moot court team at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Prior to working at the Law Offices of Barry Schultz, Mr. Schiff worked as an attorney with the employment & labor law section of the US Postal Service. During law school, he worked as a summer associate at Clark Hill, PLC in Detroit, Michigan, and as an intern in the labor department of the City of Chicago Department of Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Social Security Disability Law 100%

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2011


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2009
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Psychology and Communication Studies

Representative Cases

  • Bjornson v. Astrue, 671F.3d 640, 2012, 7th Cir
  • Chase v. Astrue, 458 Fed. App'x 553, 2012, 7th Cir
  • Scott v. Astrue, 647 F.3d 734, 2011, 7th Cir

Honors and Awards

  • National Moot Court Team, First Place Brief Award and National Quarterfinalist
  • American Bar Association, Regional Champion

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, Member, 2011 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Postal Service, Attorney, 2009 to 2010
  • City of Chicago, Department of Law, Intern, 2008 to 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Moot Court Coach - Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2010 to Present
  • Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago, 2011 to Present