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, Firm President
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.
Jim Tiller, Attorney and Office Manager
A resident of Tennessee for the past 20 years, Mr. Tiller worked his way through law school and passed the bar immediately upon graduating. Mr. Tiller is dedicated to protect, preserve and defend his clients’ legal interests. He believes through open, honest communication, hard work and preparation, he can provide dedicated, compassionate service that will achieve results.
Jim Tiller continues to focus his legal practice in the area of social security disability, personal injury, workers' compensation, medical malpractice and general negligence and tort claims.
Jim is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association and Tennessee Association for Justice. Jim is a member of the Tennessee State Bar, and is admitted to practice law in the Tennessee Supreme Court and United States District Court of Middle Tennessee.
Jim serves the local community by being a volunteer and sitting on the Board of Directors at Genesis Learning Centers, a non-profit school in Nashville which provides specialty programs, schools and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.
Robert Parker, Attorney and Technical Issue Manager
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, and Veteran's Disability Claims. He is accredited by the VA to represent Veterans in the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for VA Benefits.
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.
Bobby Parker has successfully litigated multiple cases for auto accident victims and disability clients.
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.
Member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives)
Mr. Parker is currently the #1 ranked tennis player in the South in the 5.0 singles division and the 9.0 doubles division.
Chelsea Parker, Attorney
A native of Pulaski, Tennessee, Chelsea Parker is an associate of the firm and manages the Brentwood office. She received her B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009. While in college, she gained experience as an intern with the Office of the Public Defender. In 2010, she began working for Downard and Associates as a Legal Assistant and attending Nashville School of Law after work in the evenings. She graduated from Nashville School of Law in 2013 and was admitted to practice law in Tennessee in 2014. Her practice focuses primarily in the area of Social Security Disability/SSI. She currently resides in Brentwood with her husband and enjoys volunteering as a preschool leader at their church.
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
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
Graduate of Lambuth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree
Legal Support Areas: Social Security Disability
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
Graduate of Daymar Institute with an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies.
Legal Support Areas: Social Security Disability
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.
Martha A. Ruehle, Receptionist / Intake Specialist
Martha has 31 years as a Legal Assistant, specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance defense, workers’ compensation, real estate, probate, juvenile court and social security disability administration. She served 11 years as a legal assistant/office manager for a family law firm, as well as 4 years with a PI firm handling criminal defense cases.
Annie Burns, Intake Specialist
A.A.S/ degree in Office Administration/Medical Professional from Nashville State Community College.
Worked in the medical field for over 35 years, most recently spent the last 12 years with Fresenious Medical Care Hemodialysis clinic. She joined Downard and Associates in 2013.
Michael Jensen, Intake Specialist / Data Processing
Martin L’Pree Dismuke, Correspondence Specialist
Graduate of LaVergne High School. Attending Tennessee State University for Nursing. Hobbies are football and basketball.