Attorney Profiles

Mr. Downard worked for the Social Security Administration for over 11 years prior to receiving his law degree. Since then, he has spent another 8 years handling Social Security and Disability cases. That's nearly 20 years of direct experience working both for and against the Social Security Administration.

At Downard & Associates, our team of lawyers and staff bring similar experience to our other areas of practice as well, including criminal defense, domestic relations, personal injury, and more. Contact us today for more information.

Our goal at Downard & Associates, PLLC is to treat every client with the respect every person deserves. We focus our talents on helping the person and not just handling the case. As our client, you can expect us to resolve your issue promptly in the most favorable manner possible.

Downard & Associates, PLLC is made up of real lawyers working hard for real people. We are not a law firm made of stuffy lawyers, but a team of professionals dedicated to helping our community.

David Downard
domestic legal proceedings

Hello, my name is David Downard. I was born in Springfield, Tennessee in 1968. I would like to tell you why the Disability Program is important to me. My father died when I was (12) twelve years old, and I was raised by my grandparents. I received Social Security Benefits which, in turn, financially helped me graduate high school.

After I graduated high school, I went to college. While in college, I was married. We had a son that was born with a disability. I worked full time, but we still qualified for SSI and Medicaid. His medical bills were paid (in excess of $1,000,000.00) while I was able to graduate. He died of heart failure in 1991. That year, I decided to work for the Social Security Administration and started as a service representative.

At the same time, my grandmother applied for disability and was denied. I had no idea how to help her win. She gave up on trying to get her disability. She was (60) sixty years old.

I continued working for the Social Security Administration. After awhile, I knew I could help people fight for disability. I enrolled in law school and graduated in 2002.

Since then, I have committed myself to disabled people who need guidance to obtain the monetary and medical benefits they deserve.

Thank you,
David C. Downard

Robert Parker
Robert Parker attorney

Mr. Parker is an associate with the firm. His practice focuses primarily in the areas of Social Security Disability/SSI, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Divorce, and Criminal Defense.

A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Mr. Parker obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Lambuth University in 2004 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2008 from the Nashville School of Law.

Mr. Parker is a member of the Nashville Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all Tennessee trial and appellate courts.

Mr. Parker is currently the #1 ranked tennis player in the South in the 5.0 singles division and the 9.0 doubles division.

Brenda Benson
Brenda Benson attorney

Ms. Benson is an associate attorney with the firm.  Her practice focuses primarily in the areas of social security disability/SSI, family law, worker's compensation and personal injury.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2006 from the Nashville School of Law.

While attending law school, Ms. Benson served as law clerk for Chancellor Robert Corlew, III and in the Clerk and Master's Office gaining much courtroom exposure in the various Circuit and Chancery courts of Rutherford County.

Ms. Benson is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the Andrew Jackson American Inns of Court. She chose Social Security law as her primary focus because of her compassion for disabled individuals who are in need of and deserving of their benefits.

Forrest Jackson, Associate Attorney, Chattanooga
Forrest Jackson attorney

Mr. Jackson's primary area of practice has been in Social Security Disability/SSI. He has successfully represented hundreds of claimants before Administrative Law Judges throughout the Southeastern United States.

A Birmingham, Alabama native, he graduated from Auburn University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. After completing his undergraduate education, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Mr. Jackson spent several years practicing law in Birmingham, while gaining valuable experience in many areas.

Since September 2009, Mr. Jackson has been practicing Social Security Disability law nearly exclusively. He is licensed in all Alabama state courts and admitted in all Federal Courts of Alabama. He is also a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR).

Support Staff

Veronica Dismuke Paralegal
Veronica  Dismuke, Paralegal

Kaplan Center Institute College, Nashville, TN Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies, ABA Approved 3.54 GPA (Honors) in 2008

Legal Support Areas: Social Security Disability, Worker's Composition, Domestic, Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy Law

Lisa Tittle, Business Manager
Lisa Tittle, Business Manager

Graduate of Hendersonville High School.

Attended Volunteer State Community College.

Spent 30 years in Administrative Management with the Tennessee Department of Health where management responsibilities included budget, personnel, contracts, purchasing and legislative affairs. Retired in June 2008 and joined Downard and Associates in 2010.

Karen K. Chapman, Legal Assistant/Office Manager of Jackson Office
Karen K. Chapman, Legal Assistant/Office Manager of Jackson Office

Graduate of Lambuth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree

Legal Support Areas: Social Security Disability

Shirley G. Allen, Office Consultant
Shirley G. Allen, Office Consultant

Graduate of Columbia Central High School

Employed by the Federal Government for more than forty years.

Worked in Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and the Social Security Administration for more than 30 years

Legal Support Areas: Social Security Disability

Amy Alexander, Office Clerk
Amy Alexander, Office Clerk

Graduate of Madison Academy in Madison, Tennessee

Worked for Gaylord Opryland Resort for 12 years before joining Downard and Associates.

Legal Support Areas: Social Security Disability

Chelsea L. Edwards, Intake Specialist
Chelsea L. Edwards, Intake Specialist

Graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a BS degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Currently attending Nashville School of Law and scheduled to graduate in 2013.

Agnese C. Henderson, Legal Case Manager
Agnese C. Henderson, Legal Case Manager

Graduate of Hendersonville High School.

Currently pursuing a degree in Psychology.

Spent five years in restaurant management before joining Downard and Associates in 2010.

Celeste Grant, Office Consultant
Celeste Grant, Office Consultant

Graduate of Gallatin High School.

Worked in restaurant management for two years, prior to joining Downard and Associates in 2010.

Tanekia Brown, Administrative Assistant/Paralegal
Tanekia Brown, Administrative Assistant/Paralegal

Graduate of Daymar Institute with an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies.

Legal Support Areas: Social Security Disability

Jessie Moore, Receptionist
Jessie Moore, Receptionist

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa CA

Associates Degree in Marketing. Attended Walter Cronkite School of Arizona State University and Tennessee State University.

Vicki Johnson, Paralegal/Office Consultant
Vicki Johnson, Paralegal/Office Consultant

Hamilton College, Mason City, IA

A.A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies

Attended Riverland Community College in Albert Lea, MN.

A.A.S. degree in Medical Administration. Worked for two years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a Medical Transcriptionist.

P.J. Havens, Intake Specialist
P.J. Havens Intake Specialist

Graduate of Woodstock High School, Woodstock, IL. She has extensive experience in Financial and Health Insurance industries.

Jamie Alexander, Medical Records and Intake Specialist
Jamie Alexander, Medical Records and Intake Specialist

Worked at Mack Trucks as Office Manager/Inventory Control for six years.

Spent a total of 12 years as Office Manager/Interiorscaper for locally owned plantscaper. Proud Tennessee farm owner and chicken farmer.

Ginger L. Ecton, Legal Case Manager
Ginger L. Ecton, Legal Case Manager

Graduate of Owensboro Senior High School.

Worked as Regional Manager for 26.5 years for a Large Formal Wear company.

Brenda Norton, Intake Specialist
Brenda Norton, Intake Specialist

A Nashville Native, Brenda worked for 16 years in the legal profession as a legal secretary specializing in domestic disputes, workers' compensation, and auto accident cases.

Davien Dewanne Hooten, Jr
Davien Dewanne Hooten, Jr summer intern

Summer Intern