Growing up in the small Nebraska town of Franklin (2010 population: 1,000) Kim Schram developed lifelong values of hard work, loyalty, and compassion. These values have served her well in her 25 years as a lawyer with 15 of those years practicing Social Security disability law in Norfolk, Nebraska fighting for the rights of the disabled. At Cuddigan Law we are pleased that we are able to welcome an attorney of the caliber of Ms. Schram into our firm. “Kim is an outstanding attorney who cares deeply about helping the disabled,” says Attorney and Principal Tim Cuddigan. “She has an exceptional depth of experience in helping Social Security disability clients win the benefits they have rightfully earned.”
A Midwesterner through and through, Kim earned her undergraduate degree at Doane University and her law degree from Creighton University. “I wanted to be a lawyer because I wanted to help people,” she explains. “I enjoy practicing in the area of disability because I feel like I am doing just that. The clients that I see are people that have worked hard most of their lives and because of an illness or accident they become unable to earn for themselves and their family. I see people that are suffering with health, employment, and financial issues. The process takes a long time to navigate so the stress on individuals and families is extreme. Stress not only for the individual client, but extended family and friends that are helping that individual client survive.”
Family is a word that resonates deeply with Kim. She is married to Brian Schram and has four kids with three in college next year—at Doane University, University of South Dakota, and University of Nebraska Omaha. The youngest will be a freshman at Bellevue West. Her work with not-for-profit groups also reflects her passionate support for families. She is a volunteer for the Salvation Army, contributes to Faith Regional Foundation, and has served on the Good Neighbor board in Norfolk, Nebraska.
When asked to share her guiding principle, Ms. Schram likes to quote the poet Maya Angelou: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” We know that Kim will make our clients feel that they have a friend and a powerful ally in their corner. “What I enjoy most is working with clients through the disability process, helping them get benefits that most of them have worked for and paid for throughout their lifetime and then seeing the results of a favorable decision,” she says. “It is very satisfying to help them get to a place where they can provide for themselves and their families.”