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Michael P. Downey

Attorney at Downey Law Group LLC
Saint Louis, Missouri
Michael is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics, law firm risk management, and the law of lawyering. He regularly represents lawyers, their clients, judges, and other professionals in high stakes and complex civil litigation and disciplinary proceedings; also serves as outside general counsel to numerous law firms and an expert witness providing testimony on legal ethics and law firm practice issues in Missouri, Kansas, and the District of Columbia.

The litigation matters Michael handles often garner considerable media attention, particularly from the legal press. Michael has completed formal training in media relations, and often assists clients in preparing and implementing public relations strategies as part of work on high-visibility, high-stakes matters.

About Me

What have you written or published within your profession?
Has written more than 100 articles and presented 250 times on legal ethics, including in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada; also wrote the book Introduction to Law Firm Practice (ABA LPM 2010)
What topics have you lectured or presented on?
For the past decade, Michael has taught legal ethics and law firm practice as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law. He has also taught professional responsibility as an adjunct professor at St. Louis University School of Law. He has presented on legal ethics more than 350 times, including for global corporations and law firms, throughout the United States as well as in the United Kingdom and Canada.


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Association Position
American Bar Association - Law Practice Division Chair, 2013-2014
Technology Working Group for the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 Past Member
ABA Center Professional Responsibility - Ethics & Technology Committee Past Chair
Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct Past Chair, Member
Missouri Bar’s Ethics 2005 Committee Former Member
Missouri Bar’s Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising Former Member


School Degree Graduation Year
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law J.D. 1998
The George Washington University Graduate Certificate 2006
Washington University in St. Louis Teaching Certificate 1994
Georgetown University B.A. 1992

Contact Information

Downey Law Group LLC

49 N Gore Ave Ste 2
Saint Louis, MO 63119