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James A. McKown



Marion, IN





Born and raised in Marion, Indiana, Jim knew when he was growing up that he was going to be a lawyer. He started practicing with his father, a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army in Europe.

He has found practicing disability law very rewarding. “I enjoy when I can help make somebody’s life better,” he said.

Jim has represented more than 2,500 disability clients in front of the Social Security Administration for more than a decade. His disability clients have been awarded more than $20 million in back benefits.

Jim is excited about the fact that – beginning January 1, 2019, with new partners – he will assist veterans with their disability claims in front of the Veterans Administration.

The former public defender and juvenile court referee also has done hundreds of jury trials – both criminal and civil.

The Marion High School graduate received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law.

When he is not practicing law, Jim is happiest being on or near the water. He has had the opportunity to sail the New England coast, the Strait of San Juan de Fuca off the coast of Washington State, Lake Michigan, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mediterranean Sea.

He also is the father of two daughters and grandfather of two grandsons.

Areas Of Practice

Veterans Disability

Social Security Disability

Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

Indiana, 1979

U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana


Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana

  • 1979

Brown University

  • 1976

Professional Associations and Memberships

Indiana State Bar Association

The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR)

American Bar Association

Grant County Bar Association

Allen County Bar Association, Social Security Section

Past Employment Positions

Grant Circuit Court, Public Defender

Grant Superior Court II, Juvenile Court Magistrate