Helping Good People through Bad Times - That's the Downs Law Way


For nearly 50 years, Mr. Downs and the dedicated attorneys at Downs Law Offices have led clients in the Chicago and DuPage metropolitan areas to the next stage of their lives. With an unwavering dedication to helping our clients manage the complexities of divorce - legal, personal and financial - we rely on our experience to efficiently and effectively help our clients cope with the issues and opportunities involved in any family law matter.



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Illinois State Bar Association (President, 2005-2006; Member, Board of Governors, 1992-2002; Chair, Family Law Section Council, 1996-1997); Chicago Bar Association, Member and Chair, Matrimonial Law Committee (1997-1998); American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, (Board of Managers, Illinois Chapter 1995-2000);

AV® Preeminent TM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®; admitted to Florida and Illinois bars; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; and U.S. Supreme Court.

Education: Grinnell College (B.S., 1956); Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 1965)

Justice, Chicago Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity; Recipient: Grinnell College Distinguished Alumni Award, 1998; American Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, 1995; Illinois Super Lawyer; The Justinian Society of Lawyers, DuPage County and West Suburban Bar Associations; American Bar Association (House of Delegates, 2004-2007); National Conference of Bar Presidents (Membership Committee, 2005 to present). State Representative, 79th Illinois General Assembly

"The most common remark made to a divorce attorney by others is, 'How can you stand to put up with all of the emotional, sometimes angry, grief of clients going through divorce?' I would hope that everybody would reply as I do:

"While there is much to cause anxiety about how the system works, a good family law attorney understands that their client is going through a very difficult time - perhaps the worst ever. The lawyer's challenge is to lead the client through and out of the mess with honest, sensible advice, understanding and vigorous advocacy. Our team brings multiple strengths, as appropriate, to restore our client's life (and sanity)."

"Family law attorneys have a unique opportunity to counsel clients who are at a crossroads in many aspects of their lives. Our goal is not only to help our clients through a difficult time but to ensure that our attentive and thorough legal services put them in a position that enables them to succeed after their transition."