Shalondra Grandberry Pickford focuses her practice on Social Security disability benefits and Veteran’s disability benefits. Attorney Pickford is very passionate about her work and she truly enjoys getting to know her clients and the specifics of each individual case. She works closely with her team so that she can personally handle your case through every step of the application process. It is important to Attorney Pickford that you feel comfortable enough to tell her, honestly and completely, all the facts necessary to resolve your problem. By doing so, this allows her to provide an experience designed to help you get precise, personalized results.
Attorney Pickford started her law career as an associate for a Social Security Disability (SSDI) law firm in Memphis, Tennessee. She then moved to a personal injury law firm, managed its SSDI practice, and expanded to personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Attorney Pickford has represented hundreds of claimants at their disability hearings, as well as, negotiated countless case settlements with insurance companies.
It was Attorney Pickford’s experience with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that inspired her to pursue law. She witnessed the difficulties and frustration faced by her clients and knew she had found her market niche.
Attorney Pickford started as a claims representative for both SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Forrest City and West Memphis, Arkansas respectively. She helped to resolve claims regarding retirement benefits, survivors’ benefits, disability benefits, and Medicare eligibility. She also served as the liaison for SSA and the attorneys while working at the West Memphis, Arkansas SSA field office.
Attorney Pickford is a devoted wife and mother. She enjoys traveling, reading and wine tastings.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Arkansas Bar Association
- Memphis Bar Association
- Association of Women Attorneys
- National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR)
- National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA)
- Tennessee, 2013
- Arkansas, 2014
- U.S. District Court of Western District of Tennessee, 2015
- U.S. District Court of Eastern District of Arkansas, 2018
- U.S. District Court of Western District of Arkansas, 2018
Tameko M. Purnell
Tameko M. Purnell is an Associate at Pickford Law Firm. Her practice focuses on personal injuries as a result of car accidents, slip and falls and on the job injuries. She handles matters in Estate Planning, Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability Claims.
An honor student and Dean Ambassador at The Mississippi College School of Law, Attorney Purnell has clerked for The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, The Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union, and the City of Memphis where she was instrumental in challenging the confederate soldier statues within public parks in Memphis, Tennessee. Attorney Purnell has also studied international business and contract law in China, South Korea, and Lille, France.
Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Purnell acted as Associate Attorney at a prominent law firm here in Memphis, Tennessee, where she played a pertinent part in obtaining millions of dollars for injured clients.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Attorney Purnell has worked as a litigation paralegal for several prominent firms in Memphis, drafting complex litigation motions and preparing for commercial trials.
Attorney Purnell is licensed to practice in the State of Mississippi and currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Mississippi Association for Justice until June 2021 when she will step into the role of Chair.
In her down time, Attorney Purnell enjoys gardening and sitting near the ocean. Attorney Purnell is a wife and mother of two beautiful daughters.
Her favorite quote:
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Mississippi Association for Justice
- Magnolia Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- National Trial Lawyers Association
- Mississippi, 2018
- U.S. District Court of Northern District of Mississippi, 2018
- U.S. District Court of Southern District of Mississippi, 2018