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Jennifer McKinnish Burton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Social Security Disability Attorney in Maryville, TN

Burton McKinnish, PLLC
118 Parliament Dr
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: 865-229-9854
Fax: 865-774-5509
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2020
Licensed in Tennessee Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Social Security Disability (50%), Family Law (50%)
Attorney Profile

Jennifer McKinnish Burton is the owner of Burton McKinnish, PLLC. Focusing her practice on a variety of legal areas, she represents clients throughout the East Tennessee.  The firm has offices in Knox, Sevier and Blount Counties and serves clients throughout all of East Tennessee and as far west as Cookeville, Tennessee.  Ms. Burton graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2002. Ms. Burton continued her education at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, The University of Memphis, and in 2005, was awarded her Juris Doctorate.

A significant portion of Ms. Burton’s practice involves divorce and other Family Law-related matters. Many of her clients face the end of their marriages and Ms. Burton walks along side her client during this difficult times from the beginning of the process, through settlement negotiations and trial.   Ms. Burton’s Family Law experience includes helping clients as their marriages dissolve but also includes the expanding of families through adoptions and assisting clients in difficult post-divorce matters. 

Helping clients is the reason Ms. Burton became an attorney.  In addition to practicing Family Law, Ms. Burton also assists clients who have become unable to to work due to a physical or mental disability and who are seeking Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. This is a difficult area of law to navigate, and most claims are denied at the initial level for a myriad of reasons. Ms. Burton shepherds her clients through all phases and steps of the process, including appearing on their behalf at appeals hearings. A recipient of a “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo, Ms. Burton is admitted to practice in Tennessee as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Social Security Disability
  • 50%Family Law
Focus Areas

Adoption, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Juvenile Law


9 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2020

About Jennifer McKinnish Burton

First Admitted: 2005, Tennessee

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Oral Advocate, 2003
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyer, Family Law, 2013 - 2014

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • United States Federal Court
  • Justice Talks; 98.7 WOKI, 2019
  • Tennessee Bar Association; Member 2005 - Present
  • NOSSCR; Member

Educational Background

  • Masuk High School Monroe, CT, 1998
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Bachelor of Arts, 2002

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Sevier Heights Baptist Church; Member, 2006

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Listed Rule 31 Mediator, 2010
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Office Location for Jennifer McKinnish Burton

118 Parliament Dr
Maryville, TN 37804

Phone: 865-229-9854

Fax: 865-774-5509

Last Updated: 5/18/2021

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