Max Schott, Founder & Attorney

I grew up on a farm in Iowa. Back then, the word “neighbor” meant more than just someone who lived close to you. A neighbor was someone you could count on to help you do those things you could not do by yourself. Neighbors were people you helped in any way you could in their time of need, knowing that they would do the same for you, if things were reversed.

Since then, I have been constantly reminded how fragile life is. Disabling accidents or diseases don’t play favorites, and – as we so often discover after one of those events have happened to us – America does not have a safety net for everyone.

The social programs that are in place are often so complex they are overwhelming. People become lost, and I find myself deeply fulfilled by the work done here.

I count myself blessed for I have been able to dedicate and use my legal training to carry on the neighboring traditions taught to me by my mother and father and the farming community in which I was nurtured.

My entire legal career – and the firm which I helped begin and build – has been and continues to be devoted to helping people in need; people who cannot help themselves or find their way through the maze of complex systems, swirling around them.

I cannot think or wish or imagine having done (or doing) anything but this would have been as seamlessly correct.

Bar Admissions:

  • 1987 – United States Court of Appeals (Eighth Circuit)
  • 1987 – United States Federal District Court (Northern District of Iowa)
  • 1987 – United States Federal District Court (Southern District of Iowa)
  • 1987 – Iowa


  • Drake University Law School, J.D. 1987, With Honors, Order of the Coif
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, M.A. 1967, A.B.D. 1970
  • St. John’s University, B.A. 1965


A native of northwest Iowa, Max Schott founded the firm Max Schott & Associates, PC in 1997, with a focus on disability law, including social security disability, workers’ compensation and veterans benefits.

In that same year, Schott took a leadership role in establishing the now-annual 8th Circuit Conference on Social Security Law. The conference helps educate lawyers and advocates on social security disability in order to strengthen the law for individual rights. In the last 10 years, Schott and the attorneys working with him have successfully handled thousands of social security disability cases.

In 1998, Schott was a charter member of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Core Group and was formally inducted into the national College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in 2010, in recognition of his “long and distinguished career.”

In 2009, the National Association of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSCCR) presented Mr. Schott with the Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award for his contribution towards ensuring “the availability of advocacy for social security claimants.”

In 2010, Mr. Schott served as president of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (IWAC).