Michael Downey

Michael Downey

Michael Downey is a legal ethics lawyer at and founding member of Downey Law Group LLC, a law firm devoted to legal ethics and the law of lawyering. At the firm, Michael focuses his law practice on advising lawyers on legal ethics and risk management and represents lawyers and clients in legal malpractice, lawyer discipline, and similar matters. An adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, he has taught legal ethics for 10 years and law firm practice for 5 years. Downey is the immediate past chair of the ABA Law Practice Division. Additionally, he authored the book “Introduction to Law Firm Practice” and has published 100 articles and presented 350 times on professional ethics.

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Guest Appearances
May 25, 2016
Top Tips for Attorneys from the 2017 ABA TECHSHOW Board

As attorneys graduate and head into the legal marketplace, or leave a law firm to start a solo practice, it can be hard to know where to find resources with tips on starting your new career. What are the most important things that a newly solo practitioner should know? What are some best practices for...

March 5, 2015
How Michael Downey Started His Solo Practice

Many lawyers are considering the option of becoming a solo practitioner. But even with all of the blogs, articles, and advice from colleagues and friends about certain aspects of running a solo practice, many attorneys still struggle with the big picture. Between deciding on a name and URL, setting up the financial side of a...

February 18, 2015
ABA Midyear Meeting 2015: Marketing Ethics Online with Michael Downey

The Law Practice Division (LPD) Legal Marketing Interest Group Chair Jason Marsh interviews immediate past chair of the LPD Chair Michael Downey at the 2015 ABA Midyear Meeting. Downey discusses what lawyers and law firms can do to market their businesses ethically, the variance between states when advertising online, and how he became featured in...