Downs Collins, P.A.
Professor Downs is a partner at Downs Collins, where he handles both criminal defense and civil litigation cases. Mr. Downs participates in all phases of litigation and serves as lead-counsel or co-counsel on a variety of complex matters involving allegations of police brutality, conspiracy, and civil forfeiture, to name a few.
Professor Downs honed his trial skills at the same agency former United States Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges is “the best public defender’s office in the country.” During his eight-year tenure with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (“PDS”), Professor Downs was lead counsel on 26 major felony jury trials against federal prosecutors. His success rate in felony jury trials was 282% higher than the Superior Court average. Despite many courtroom victories in high-profile matters involving testimony from a variety of witnesses, including FBI analysts, scientific experts, and civilian witnesses, Professor Downs is most proud of his final trial with PDS. There, Professor Downs successfully represented his client against well-regarded federal prosecutors effectively arguing nuanced forensic testimony and complex matters involving conspiracy law. After rapidly amassing an impressive portfolio of success, he was promoted to Training Director, becoming one of the youngest attorneys in PDS’s storied history to hold the position. As Training Director, Professor Downs was responsible for ensuring approximately 200 PDS attorneys and private attorneys on the Criminal Justice Act Panel received up-to-date litigation training on novel trends in expert testimony, trial techniques, and substantive law.