Attorneys And Staff


Attorney Barry A. Schultz devotes his law practice to Social Security Disability matters, helping clients and their families obtain benefits and address problems related to benefits. He offers clients more than 30 years of practice experience, with more than 25 years of exclusive focus on Social Security Disability law. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois, Barry has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1980. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit.

Cody Marvin is an associate attorney with the firm. He assists claimants from the application stage through the appeals process, both within the Social Security Administration and in federal court. Cody attended the University of San Francisco School of Law. He has prior experience assisting people with a variety of legal issues, including eviction defense, immigration applications and dissolution petitions. Cody is committed to helping people navigate an often complicated administrative and legal system.

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.

Abraham Arnold has been an associate with the firm since February of 2014. He represents children and adults in disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income cases at the hearing and appellate levels. Prior to becoming an associate, Mr. Arnold composed briefs appealing denials of disability at the federal district court level. In his personal life, Mr. Arnold volunteers in youth after school programs and serves as a teacher for the American Constitution Society's Constitution in the Classroom program, teaching low income students about the United States Constitution and the rights it provides.

Steven W. Kidd has worked for the firm since 2012, first as a law clerk, and now as an associate attorney. He has written successful legal briefs for clients at all levels of the appeals process, from the Appeals Council up through the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, including Garcia v. Colvin (Court opinion available at He also represents clients before Social Security's administrative law judges. Mr. Kidd attended Loyola University, from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and Loyola University School of Law. He received two CALI awards of excellence for legal writing and served as an editor on the Loyola Consumer Law Review. Mr. Kidd has focused his education and work experience on public service and advocacy.

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Support Staff

Judi Gayles has worked with Barry Schultz for nearly 20 years. She works as a paralegal, computer support technician and office manager. Many of our clients over the years have come to see Judi as their friend, as someone who truly understands what they are going through. Judi is also very knowledgeable about the process of applying for and appealing Social Security disability claims. She is responsible for filing appeals for reconsideration and ALJ hearings, and for preparing federal court documents. New clients with appeals to the federal court will talk with Judi concerning the necessary paperwork and procedures to get their case started.

Irma Davis worked for the Social Security Administration for many years, working at a very high-level administrative position for a number of years. She brings to our office a high degree of professionalism and a thorough understanding of the workings of the Social Security Administration. Irma handles many of the issues involved with claims pending at the Appeals Council.

Maisha Perry has worked for the firm for 10 years. She is responsible for claims pending in federal court - filing the "complaint" in Court, filing our legal briefs and motions, dealing with court personnel and attorneys for the Commissioner of Social Security, and keeping track of our cases pending in Court.

Danita Armant has a background as a paralegal in legal services, working with Social Security claimants. She answers our phones and does our initial intake interview with new clients - obtaining critical information from the clients. Danita also provides status information to clients about their cases. She schedules hearings and sets up interviews for the attorneys. In addition Danita will often call clients to get needed information about their cases.

The Law Offices of Barry A. Schultz, P.C., has offices in Evanston and serves clients from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Contact the firm for a free consultation regarding your Social Security Disability matter.