James Colwell

James Colwell

James Colwell

Des Moines, Iowa
515-277-4727 (Local)
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • IOWA Association For Justice
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives

James is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is a proud alumnus of The University of Iowa where he received his Bachelor's of Business Administration in accounting with a minor in political science. Following a brief exposure to public accounting, he returned to The University of Iowa where he received his law degree with distinction. In law school, James was the William E. Riley Workers’ Compensation Scholarship recipient based on his knowledge and development of Iowa Workers’ Compensation law.

Upon graduating, James assisted Iowa workers and veterans in obtaining the compensation and benefits that each deserved. James also has experience assisting the insurance industry through defending employers and their respective insurance carriers against claims for policy benefits. James’ long-standing passion and desire to help injured and disabled Iowans led him to Schott Mauss & Associates, PLLC. At Schott Mauss, James works tirelessly in assisting Iowans who have been injured or are disabled in obtaining the compensation to which they are entitled.

James and his wife Megan live in Des Moines and in their spare time they enjoy traveling, cooking, cheering on the Hawkeyes, and spending time with their two lovable dogs, Addy and Lucy.

If you have any questions regarding Social Security disability or work-place injuries, contact Schott Mauss & Associates at (515) 277-4727. James and his fellow attorneys are here to help you understand your rights.

Areas of Practice

  • Social Security Disability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Bad Faith Insurance Denial
  • Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 2014


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 2014
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • The University of Iowa
    • B.B.A. - 2011
    • Major: Accounting
    • Minor: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • William E. Riley Workers' Compensation Scholarship, 2013
  • American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Patterson Law Firm, L.L.P, Attorney, 2015 - 2016
  • Hoefer Law Firm, Attorney, 2012 - 2015

Pro Bono Activities

  • Iowa Legal Aid Staff Attorney Researcher, 2013


  • Delta Sigma Pi