Evanston Disability Appeals Lawyers Operating In The Greater Chicagoland Area

James Robert Schiff

Practice Areas:

  • Social Security Disability Law 100%


James Robert Schiff has been an attorney with the firm since June of 2010. He has represented hundreds of claimants at the initial stages through the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. At the Seventh Circuit, he argued and won the cases of Bjornson v. Astrue, 671 F.3d 640 (7th Cir. 2012), Allensworth v. Colvin, 814 F.3d 831 (7th Cir. 2016), and Ghiselli v. Colvin, 837 F.3d 771 (7th Cir. 2016), among others. Since 2017, he has managed the firm's client intake system and is responsible for reviewing new potential client cases, in addition to writing and editing legal briefs.

Mr. Schiff is a Seventh Circuit representative to the National Association of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) Board. He has given presentations at NOSSCR conferences on children's disability claims and overpayment cases, and, at the Chicago Bar Association, on continuing disability reviews. 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. Outside of work, Mr. Schiff enjoys beach volleyball, board games, and reading.


  • 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

Bar Admissions

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


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

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

Professional Associations

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

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

Past Positions​

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