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.

Our Nashville team of attorneys are experienced in handling Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Brain Injuries, Workers’ Compensation, Work Injuries,  Social Security Disability / SSI and other legal areas.  At Downard & Associates, PLLC, we are committed to treat every client with the respect, honor and dignity. We focus our talents on helping YOU, and not just handling the case. As our client, you can expect us to fight for your rights and help you win the settlement you deserve. We are there with you every step of the way.

Meet Our Team at Downard & Associates

David Downard

Firm President

Hello my name is David Downard. I am a native Tennessean born in Springfield. I have been helping clients in Tennessee for more than 12 years. My firm has recovered millions of dollars in back pay for the disabled and injured. We have won thousands of disability cases for our clients. We offer free consultations and no fees until you get paid. We don’t try and get a quick settlement just to make a quick profit. We will stick with you as long as it takes to get the fair and just settlement you deserve.

An experienced attorney will speak with you about your case.

Thank You,
David Downard

Member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives) Member Tennessee Association Of Justice Admitted To Federal Court In All Sections Of Tennessee; Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court (2006).

Robert Parker

Attorney - Technical Issue Manger

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.

Chelsea Parker


A native of Pulaski, Tennessee, Chelsea Parker is an associate of the firm. 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.

Ray Akers


Cumberland University, Cum Laude.   2004 Nashville School of Law

Prior legal experience:  Family Law, General Business Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Litigation serving primarily Wilson, Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, and Williamson Counties.


– Admission to Practice: Tennessee Supreme Court

– Admission to Practice: United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

– Admission to Practice: United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

– Trained Family Mediator – Supreme Court Listed 2011-2015

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