Karla Ann Roche

Legal Assistant

Karla A Roche Karla was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee when she was nine years old. She graduated in 1993, from Pellissippi State Community College with a degree in Associates of Applied Science in Legal Assistant Technology. Karla did her internship at Disability Claims Consultants and after graduation was hired full time as an office assistant. In August of 1995, she decided to go into business for herself. At this time she started Paralegal Services of Knoxville, doing typing of letters, briefs and legal research for attorneys in the Knoxville area. By 1997, her business had grown to where she could open an office in downtown Knoxville.

Karla has been a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) since December 13, 1996 and a member of the National Association of Disability Representatives (NADR) since June 9, 2004. Until February 2005, non-attorney representatives were not eligible for direct withholding of fees. In June 2005, she took and passed the examination which made her eligible for this privilege.

Karla married John Roche on November 13, 1973. She has two grown daughters and five grandchildren. John and Karla are members of Gilead Baptist Church where Karla sings in the choir and John is a deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Karen Jernigan

Social Security Disability Attorney

Karen Jernigan I grew up in Cookeville, Tennessee where both of my parents worked in factories and I saw my parents work hard to get by. I began working at the age of 15 and continued ot work nights and on weekends while earning a college degree.

I graduated from Maryville College with a degreein Sign Language Interpreting and worked in this field for a few years. While going with my hearing-impaired clients to see thier lawyers I noticed my clients were not treated with the respect and dignity they deserved.

I wanted to do things differently. After I got my law degree from the University of Tennessee I began representing people on their claims for Social Security disability benefits.

I have represented thousands of clients at hearings before the Social Security Administration for over 24 years and I know what is required to be found disabled.


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