Jason Downs

Partner

Practice Area(s): Criminal Defense,Personal Injury,Civil Rights Violations,Civil Litigation

Biography

Baltimore Trial Attorney Fighting For Justice

As a trial attorney at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, Jason Downs handles civil litigation, criminal defense, and legal matters that involve an overlap in both civil and criminal proceedings. In particular, Attorney Downs has focused on complex cases that involve conspiracy, police brutality, and premises liability.

Downs has had many high-profile, courtroom victories, but his proudest moment was a case he handled with the Public Defender Service (PDS). The fact that he was facing highly respected federal prosecutors did not deter Mr. Downs from fighting aggressively for the rights and interests of his client. He argued the nuances of the case, including forensic testimony and complex conspiracy law matters. In the end, he was able to afford his client with a successful defense.

Due to his tenacious nature and legal capabilities, Jason was promoted to Training Director, making him one of the youngest lawyers in Public Defender Service (PDS) history to serve in that capacity. As Training Director, he was required to routinely update 200 PDS and private attorneys on matters relating to litigation training, trends in expert testimony, advances in trial techniques, and more.

Today, Attorney Downs continues to provide frequent lectures regarding current litigation techniques, trial procedures, and related matters. He has spoken before the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Harvard Law School, the Georgetown Law Center, and other highly-esteemed institutions.

Career Highlights

Mr. Downs honed his litigation skills at what is often recognized as the leading public defender's office in the United States. He gained nearly a decade of experience working with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), serving as lead counsel on 26 jury trials against federal prosecutors. In that time, Mr. Downs maintained an astounding success rate in jury trials that was 282% higher than the average in the Superior Court. Mr. Downs has also successfully resolved cases without the necessity of a trial, including convincing federal prosecutors not to indict or subpoena the Chief Financial Officer of a company that was being investigated for violations of foreign importation statutes. In a different case, Mr. Downs persuaded federal prosecutors to dismiss a 17 count indictment. In yet another case, Mr. Downs successfully litigated an 8 level variance from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in cases involving bribery of a public official. Mr. Downs was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million.

Education

Mr. Downs graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore. He pursued his J.D. at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and was inducted into the Order of Barristers, which recognizes excellence in trial advocacy. While at law school, Mr. Downs was also a member of the school’s trial team, securing a national championship during his last year. He also received the Excellence in Litigation Award from the Center for Forensic Economic Studies.

Mr. Downs now serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish
Legal Approach

Mr. Downs is known for thoroughly and aggressively advocating for his clients. In the courtroom, his meticulous preparation means no stone is left unturned while protecting the rights of his clients. When working with clients, he provides compassionate, caring guidance and has earned a respected reputation for going the extra mile.

Career Highlights

Mr. Downs honed his litigation skills at what is often recognized as the leading public defender's office in the United States. He gained nearly a decade of experience working with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), serving as lead counsel on 26 jury trials against federal prosecutors. In that time, Mr. Downs maintained an astounding success rate in jury trials that was 282% higher than the average in the Superior Court.

Mr. Downs has also successfully resolved cases without the necessity of trial, including convincing federal prosecutors not to indict or subpoena the Chief Financial Officer of a company that was being investigated for violations of foreign importation statutes. In a different case, Mr. Downs persuaded federal prosecutors to dismiss a 17 count indictment. In yet another case, Mr. Downs successfully litigated an 8 level variance from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in case involving bribery of a public official. Mr. Downs was also a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million.

Early Years

As a Baltimore native, Mr. Downs saw the need for justice early on in life. After seeing his peers mistreated and poorly handled by the criminal justice system, he decided something needed to change. Mr. Downs pursued his career as a Baltimore trial lawyer in order to serve his community, protect the rights of the accused, and secure justice for those whose voices are so often ignored.

Education

Education

Mr. Downs graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore. He pursued his J.D. at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and was inducted into the Order of Barristers, which recognizes excellence in trial advocacy. While at law school, Mr. Downs was also a member of the school’s trial team, securing a national championship during his last year. He also received the Excellence in Litigation Award from the Center for Forensic Economic Studies.

Mr. Downs now serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish

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