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Jennifer McKinnish Burton

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Maryville, TN

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    I meet with our clients during the initial consultation, before their hearing and am the attorney who actually litigates the client's case. We are not a "mill" firm who treats clients like a file number without having personal attorney interaction.

    15 years

  2. Family
    Divorce & child custody litigation is challenging. I focus on being compassionate with my clients while thorough and strong with the opposing side. No two family law scenarios are different & I believe each case deserves a personal approach.

    19 years

  3. Adoption
    We love to help your family grow! Adoption law is technical and tedious but the end result is so worth the uphill climb.

    19 years

Jennifer McKinnish Burton focuses her practice on areas of practice that help families - mainly Social Security Disability and Family law.    Jennifer loves helping people and being intentional in the lives of her clients whether it is helping someone through the grief and heartache of divorce, the joy of adoption, or the tangled world of social security disability benefits.  

Jennifer is a tough yet caring attorney who provides skillful and aggressive legal representation.  Her success as a litigator began in law school when she received an award for the Best Oral Advocate in 2003.  Her practice is built on those same skills that have been honed and refined throughout numerous Tennessee courtrooms, mediation conference rooms and appellate courts.  Her family law experience, particularly in the areas of complex divorce litigation, juvenile matters, and adoptions, is hard to equal in the East Tennessee area.

She began her legal career clerking with The Bosch Law Firm, P.C. where she focused on complex criminal defense litigation—including death penalty defense.  In 2005, Jennifer graduated law school and accepted an associate position with the boutique domestic relations firm of Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, P.L.L.C. focusing on domestic relations issues.  Upon return to the East Tennessee area, Jennifer formed the firm of Burton McKinnish, PLLC and the practice has grown from a single office of two attorneys to dual office firm with multiple attorneys to meet the needs of her clients and a support team second to none.

Admitted to Practice

  • Tennessee State Bar, 2005
  • United States Federal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • Juris Doctor, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Professional Organizations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Knoxville Bar Association

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Burton McKinnish, PLLC - Maryville
118 Parliament Drive
Maryville, TN, 37804-6209
Burton McKinnish, PLLC - Sevierville
100 E. Main Street
Suite 404
Sevierville, TN, 37862
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Posted by Victoria | December 12, 2018
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Recommend Ms. Mckinnish Without Hesitation
I am very grateful for the level of care that Jennifer and her team demonstrated with me and my son during what was one of the most difficult times of my life. She is very thorough and professional in all she does. If you have met Jennifer, then you will understand that she is devoted to her craft and her clients. She is an amazing role model for any modern woman. I recommend her to you without reservation. In fact of have recently recommended her to a dear friend who also needed good counsel.
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Posted by David | September 8, 2017
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Great Experience
We had never had any real experience or interaction with an attorney, so I must confess to having been a bit apprehensive prior to our initial interview with Mr. Burton. He immediately put us completely at ease, and was really easy to talk to, as if we'd known him for years. Everyone that we've dealt with in this firm has been wonderful to interact with. It has been a very pleasant experience overall, and I would not hesitate to recommend Burton McKinnish to anyone who is looking for a law firm to handle their legal needs.
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Posted by Cameron | July 14, 2017
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Hard working
I went to see Jenae Anderson at Burton & McKinnish about a divorce. After a bit of a rocky start due to a misunderstanding, she worked extremely hard on my behalf. And the office staff, especially Iris Harrison, paralegal, were outstanding. While I would not wish a difficult divorce on anyone, I would recommend Burton & McKinnish immediately.
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Posted by Lori | July 11, 2017
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You think you don't need an Attorney for a new Parenting Plan??
I renewed my sons Parenting Plan........with a narcissist. Sounds easy? After being sued for the 4th time by this man, I hired Jennifer McKinnish. My BEST advise is to let her handle it. It took A YEAR, but Jennifer is at the TOP of her peers and she knows exactly what she is doing. I very HIGHLY recommend her. My son will be a better man one day because of the advise I received and heeded.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2016
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Best Social Security Lawyer in Knoxville Area
This is a review for Mr Burton. So grateful that I choose him as my first choice in obtaining Social Security benefits. He had faith in this case and even with a judge that does not easily award benefits, we won. He knows exactly how to conduct a hearing to maximize chances of winning a case. Absolutely grateful for him and his expertise in these types of cases. Very personable and supportive person. You will love him.
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Posted by Brad | May 27, 2016
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Very good attorney
Mrs McKinnish was my second lawyer in my divorce. Unfortunately I didn't find her first and it cost me time and money . She was responded to my every email or phone call and during a time like this that was important to me . She didn't waste my time or money with a lot of meaningless meetings like some attorneys will do . She prepared ME for the worst but fought for the best . My results in court exceeded my expectations after the first attorney botched my case . A absolute yes as a recommendation .
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Posted by Wayne | May 7, 2016
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Social Security
Mr Burton , This is just a short not to say thank you for your help. At no time did I ever feel neglected or put off by your staff during this process. Everyone in your office were always helpful and never left my questions unanswered. Julia was exceptionally helpful and made the experience go much easier for me. I know you and your staff have no control over Social Security and their is nothing you can do to speed up the process. Hurry up and wait is all we can do. Thank you and your staff for all you have done, Wayne
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Posted by Julie | November 10, 2015
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I have known Ben and Jennifer for about 5 years now and immediately knew they were the right team for my family and our needs. Just recently I called and asked them to meet me in 30 minutes for a meeting that came up unexpectedly and they made it happen without any hesitation. Hands down, without question, the only choice for us!
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Posted by Ryan | July 30, 2013
Never gives up!
Had a previous attorney who told me to settle my case without me even having visitation with my son. I went to Ms. McKinnish and thank the Lord everyday that I did. I now have my son most of the time and am the primary parent. My wife's attorney talked a big talk until Ms. McKinnish showed the attorney what we planned to do at trial. The other attorney caved the next day! Just put my son to bed in his own room down the hall from my own thanks to Ms. McKinnish
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Posted by Randy | April 12, 2013
Wonderful Attorney
Ms. McKinnish handled my child custody case. I had had a bad experience with a local attorney and Ms. McKinnish came in and cleaned up my last attorney's mess. I ended up with custody of my boys because of Ms. McKinnish. She was kind and personable with me and my family but was a bulldog when we went to Court. Ms. McKinnish was great about explaining things to me in a way I could understand. I only wish she had been my first attorney and not my last so that I wouldnt have missed so much time with my boys.
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  • University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002


  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Female Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
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  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
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  • 2016
  • Rising Star
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  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Justice Talks
  • Legal Talk Show
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Jennifer
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Jennifer is a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney. This combination serves her well in assisting Social Security Disability clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jennifer is a skilled attorney who goes the extra mile for her clients. In working opposite her, she is always well prepared and zealously advocates for her clients, while at the same time remaining professional and cordial toward opposing counsel. I highly recommend her."
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Maryville Social Security & Disability Lawyer Jennifer McKinnish Burton
Jennifer McKinnish Burton
Social Security & Disability Attorney
Maryville, TN
Licensed for 19 years
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