Michael Downey is a partner in the national Lawyers for the Profession® practice group at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where his practice focuses on advising lawyers, accountants, and their firms on legal, ethics, discipline, risk management, and related business and professional issues. Mr. Downey has represented lawyers and accountants in federal and state civil, criminal, and disciplinary proceedings, and appeared for applicants for admission and readmission to the Missouri Bar. He has also served as a consulting and testifying expert on ethics matters, and as a hearing officer in lawyer discipline proceedings.
Mr. Downey teaches legal ethics and law firm practice at Washington University School of Law. He has lectured widely and published many articles on professional ethics. In addition, Mr. Downey has been interviewed on professional – mainly legal – ethics by the New York Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Missouri Lawyers' Weekly, the St. Louis Business Journal, and other television and print media.
Mr. Downey has extensive involvement in state, local, and national bar activities. He has served on or chaired numerous bar committees related to ethics, ethics & technology, and law practice management, including ABA’s Ethics & Technology Committee (Chair), the ABA Law Practice Management Section (Section Council and Education Board Co-chair), the Missouri Bar’s Ethics 2005 Committee, the Missouri Bar’s Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising, the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct (Chair), and DRI’s Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Michael P. Downey