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Saundra's practice focuses on Social Security disability, family matters, and all types of estate planning. She is an expert at drafting documents such as wills, trusts, contracts and briefs to the court. Saundra spent eight years in the United States Air Force as a medical technician. For three of those years, she worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care unit of the largest hospital in the military.  Her experience in the medical field has helped her to be a better advocate for her clients. She is able to understand and interpret medical records with ease, understand medical conditions related to her clients' legal claims and draft more specific arguments to the court based on medical jargon that other attorneys may not understand.  Working in the largest hospital in the military also enabled Saundra to be able to handle a high-speed work environment and stressful tasks. 

Saundra and her husband, Jonathan McDowell, are partners in their law practice as well as in their marriage. Jonathan began as a solo-practitioner paving the way for McDowell & McDowell, LLC.  He focuses on business law, commercial law, and employment/labor law.  Saundra and Jonathan have a dachshund-schnauzer puppy named Sabastian and a labradore retriever-beagle puppy named Janelle.  They had boy and girl TWINS that were born on May 23, 2013! 

Outside of law practice, Saundra and Jonathan like to go to Chiefs and Royals games, take weekend vacations, and take their dogs for walks in the park.  Having fun with their twins is a daily blessing.  

They also stay busy with involvement in the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) with programs such as the Ross T. Roberts Inn of Court at the Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF), and the Federal Courts Advocates Section. They are involved with the Missouri Bar Association as members of the Solo/Small Firm Conference Planning Committee. 

Saundra does contract work for a law firm in Liberty, Missouri where she consults with their federal court intake clients and writes their Federal Court briefs for their claims.  Saundra has spoken on Social Security disability at the Missouri Bar Association’s Administrative Law Committee’s semi-annual meeting and several Kansas City area health facilities.

Saundra and Jonathan are members of James River Church in Springfield, Missouri and before that, members of Calvary Revival Church in Norfolk, Virginia.  


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Practice areas


  1. Medicaid & Medicare: 50%
  2. Probate: 40%
  3. Government: 10%

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  • Brenton Daniel Vincenzes

    Saundra McDowell keeps herself above the fold, always in-tune with legal changes and a pure joy to work with. I highly recommend.


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  • Howard M Lewis

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney McDowell is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services.


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Contact info

Attorney General's Office

PO Box 899
Jefferson City, MO, 65102


MOGood Standing, Active201002/27/2012
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarMissouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Second Place Award Essay SubmissionEmbyro Adoption Awareness Campaign2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant Attorney GeneralMO Attorney General's Office2014 - Present
Of CounselBurnett & Driskill Law Office2013 - 2014
Attorney and Counselor at LawMcDowell & McDowell, LLP2012 - 2014
Managing Attorney for SSDPeterson & Associates, PC2011 - 2012
AttorneyParmele Law Firm2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Attorneys GeneralVeterans Affairs Committee2015 - Present
Missouri Bar, Administrative Law CommitteeMember2011 - Present
Missouri State Bar, Solo Small Firm ConferenceConference Planning Committee2011 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Greene County Women RepublicansPresident2013 - 2015
PachydermMember2013 - 2015
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Federal Courts Advocates Section (FCAS), MembershipCommittee Member2012 - 2013
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionN/A2011 - 2013
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationN/A2011 - 2014
National Association of Disability RepresentativesN/A2011 - 2014
Missouri Bar, Young Lawyers SectionN/A2010 - 2014
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesN/A2010 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Schmitt vs. AstrueCase was remanded to ALJ for new hearing.
Hanson vs. HansonAwarded all insurance premiums paid and 50% of out of pocket costs since dissolution.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Regent University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Drake UniversityPhilosophy/ Minor in PoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
May Monthly MeetingSocial Security disability basics2012
December Monthly MeetingSocial Security disability2011
Administrative Law Committee meetingSocial Security disability2011