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).


Jim Tiller

Attorney

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 - 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

Attorney

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.


Erica Chitwood

Attorney

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Erica S. Chitwood is an associate of the firm and manages the local office. Her practice focus is Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income. She received her B.S. from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2004 with honors in Political Science. Ms. Chitwood worked on behalf of disabled claimants as an Intern with Congressman Zach Wamp. She attended Nashville School of Law from 2004-2009, where by she graduated in the top five percent of her class and was inducted into the Nashville School of Law’s Cooper’s Inn Honor Society. In 2009, she was admitted to practice law in Tennessee and became an accredited representative by the Social Security Administration in 2010. Ms. Chitwood is also admitted to the Middle District Court of Tennessee and she also holds VA Accreditation. She has been practicing disability law since 2010 across seven different states. She works hard to secure disabled people the benefits they deserve.


Ray Akers

Attorney

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.

Licensing:

– 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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