Lonna Downard
Owner/Operations Manager

Lonna Downard moved to Nashville after getting her degree in business from Ivytech State College in 1999.  Throughout her career she has achieved many merit awards and business-related certifications.  Lonna has an extensive background in business operations and expert customer care.  She has over 14 years professional experience in the legal field helping people in need.  Lonna is committed to providing superior service to our clients and the community

Martha Ruehle
Office Manager/Paralegal

Martha has 34 years experience as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal. She has assisted to help recover compensation for clients in the following areas: personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance defense, workers’ compensation, real estate, probate, juvenile court and social security disability administration. She worked as the Assignment clerk to a Chief Criminal Court Judge (multi county) for two years. She served 11 years as a paralegal/office manager for a family law firm, as well as 4 years with a private investigation firm handling criminal defense cases.

Karen K. Chapman
Office Manager/Paralegal

Karen is a graduate of Lambuth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She has been part of our team for over 9 years.    She is celebrating her tenth wedding anniversary with our very own Brandon Chapman!    The funny pair enjoy travel, tennis and golf!

Legal Support Areas:  Social Security Disability

Samantha Gray

A graduate of White House High School, Samantha's experience includes customer service and medical collections.

Legal Support Areas:  Social Security Disability

Kelly Jones

Kelly graduated from Franklin High School and pursued a career in paralegal while working for a personal injury attorney in Columbia, Tennessee from 2008 – 2014. Ms. Jones can truly empathize with what clients are going through. In 2007, she and her sons were in an automobile accident, which resulted in horrific injuries. She knows firsthand, just how it feels and therefore, gets extreme satisfaction in helping others receive the best results possible from their accidents and injuries.

Legal Support Areas:  Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Auto Accidents

Brandon Chapman

Brandon is a graduate of Jackson State Community College with Associates degree.  He spent six years serving as a Combat Engineer with the Tennessee National Guard with a tour of duty in Iraq.   He and his wife, Karen work together in our Jackson office.   They enjoy traveling, golf and tennis.

Caress Jenkins

Caress graduated from Nashville School of the Arts in 2008 and later attended Argosy University and Volunteer State Community College, where she majored in Psychology and Paralegal Studies.  She has worked in the legal field since 2015 and enjoys helping and taking care of people.  In her spare time, Caress loves dancing, horseback riding, being creative, and most of all, being a mom. 

Adam Tune
Bankruptcy Specialist

Adam came to Downard & Associates after spending almost twenty years as a pastor.   His experience in the ministry allows him to understand the emotional and financial pain experienced by those who are facing economic difficulty.   He has a compassionate heart for clients and an intensive zeal to protect them from overbearing and abusive creditors.

Jodi Biggs

Jodi was raised in Greenbrier, Tennessee and  has been a welcome addition at Downard since 2017.    She loves working with our clients and always has a smile on her face.   We can always count on Jodi to keep the office in high spirits; when she's not working, she loves spending time with her daughter and dogs Lily and Oliver.

Mike Jenson
Intake & Document Specialist

Mike graduated  from Gallatin High School in 1996 and  Vol State in 2001 with an associates degree in University Studies.  He also attended Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee State University where he graduated with degrees in History and Political Science.

Legal Support Areas:  Social Security Disability


Jordan Patton
Client Reception

Jordan was born in Nashville and raised in the Hermitage/Donelson area! She graduated high school from Donelson Christian Academy in 2012 and then received her Freelance Makeup Artist Certification from The Academy of Makeup Arts in Nashville. She has over 7 years of experience in the Office Administration and Customer Service business and enjoys spending her time with her dog Tyger, playing poker and spending time with friends and family.

Lauren Dobbs
Legal Assistant

Lauren joins us from beautiful Greenbrier, Tennessee, where she graduated from Greenbrier High.  Shen went on the graduate from Nashville College of Medical Careers.    She has enjoyed immersing herself in the legal field and learning more about client needs.  Her education gives her a unique perspective on clients seeking Social Security Disability and she's been a joy to work with!   Lauren  keeps busy with her two sons and when she's not working,  you can usually find her on a soccer field or at the pool!

Tesila Barker
Client Reception

Tesila was born and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee and is a bright, new addition to Downard Law's support staff.  She enjoys her interaction with clients and her energy is contagious!   She brings with her a sunny disposition and compassonate heart and clients absolutely love her.   In her spare time, Tesila enjoys the arts, including painting and dance.  Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her handsome two year old son.

Baby D
Firm Mascot

Baby D was David Downard's pride and joy and the official Downard "mascot."   He spends lots of time in the Downard office when his mom (Lonna) is working and loves making the staff and clients smile.    Of course this doesn't come without a price!   He's spoiled rotten!   But everyone loves him and he just makes our office a brighter, happier place!

Firm Mascot, Jr.

We are pleased to announce that Baby D is now a big brother!   Baby Coco has joined the family and has gotten rave reviews from employees and clients.  She's so tiny and adorable and makes the cutest little baby noises!  Baby D, on the other hand, is still adjusting to the new addition.   He's learning (reluctantly) to share the spotlight and most importantly, to share his momma! 

Downard & Associates measures it's success in its positive outcomes for clients.  Our primary focus is Social Security Disability Law and Bankruptcy Law.  We also handle personal injury law.  We concentrate on these specialties so we can offer the most focused and professional help for each of our clients.  It's why we are known for our success in Nashville and surrounding counties.  At Downard, your legal rights are our TOP priority. 

 Call us today so we can help you get a fresh start!


Corporate Office

822 Wren Road

Goodlettsville, TN 37072


425 S. Water Ave., Suite 9

Gallatin, TN 37066​


149 Public Square

Lebanon, TN 37087​


6242 Ringgold Rd.

Chattanooga, TN 37412​


111 Tucker St.

Jackson, TN 38301​

Monday - Friday  8:00 am - 5:00 pm.


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