About the Presenter
Michael P. Downey is a legal ethics lawyer and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, a St. Louis law firm devoted to legal ethics, lawyer discipline defense, and the law of lawyering. Michael advises lawyers at law firms and legal departments regarding legal ethics and risk management issues, and provides ethics opinion letters and expert testimony on such matters. Michael also assists lawyers responding to disciplinary complaints, and has defended lawyers in civil litigation and disciplinary cases in both Missouri and Illinois.
Michael has taught legal ethics as an adjunct professor at Washington University and St. Louis University and presented on professional ethics more than 450 times in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He authored the book Introduction to Law Firm Practice (ABA 2010) and more than 120 articles on legal ethics and law firm practice. Michael writes regular ethics columns for the Law Practice, the National Law Journal, and the St. Louis Lawyer, and the “Ethox and Paradox” column for the ABA Litigation Section’s magazine Litigation.
A past chair of the ABA Law Practice Division (2013-14) and current member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, Michael has been active on numerous national, state and local bar committees relating to legal ethics, including serving on the Missouri Bar’s Ethics 2005 Committee and Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising and chairing the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct
In 2014, Missouri Lawyers Weekly named Michael a “Most Influential Lawyer” as the “go-to legal ethics lawyer in Missouri.” In 2015, Michael was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Law Practice Management. In 2015 and 2016, Michael was named a “Top 50 Lawyer in St. Louis” by Super Lawyers.
Learn more about Michael and his law practice at www.DowneyLawGroup.com, or contact him at (314) 961-6644 or mdowney@DowneyLawGroup.com.