Jay R. Downs

Jay R. Downs


A founder, director, and shareholder of Downs & Stanford, Mr. Downs has over thirty-five years of civil litigation experience. His practice focuses on the defense of personal injury and wrongful death cases, business litigation and family law. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has served as lead counsel in more than a hundred thirty jury and bench trials in counties all over Texas and in six other states.

  • State of Texas (1982)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court - Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Co-Chairman, Primerus Defense Institute, Transportation Section, 2009-2010
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Vice Chair, Primerus Defense Institute, 2013-2014
  • Chair, Primerus Defense Institute, 2014-2015
  • Baylor University, J.D., 1982
  • Baylor University, B.A., 1976
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Pro HAC Vice Admissions: California, Montana, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, and Mississippi
  • Super Lawyers 2006 to 2023
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Columnist, Insurance   Journal, 1996-1998.
  • "Unlearning Old Falsehoods About Trial," Insurance Journal, Volume 3, Number 14, September, 1997.
  • "A Guide to the Statute of Limitations in Professional Liability Suits," Insurance   Journal, Volume 2, Number 7, July, 1996.
  • "Declaratory Judgment Actions: Who Pays the Insured's Legal Fees?" For  the Defense, Volume 38, Number 2, February, 1996.
  • "The Phenomenon of Zinc Whisker Growth and the Rotary Switch," Metal Finishing  Magazine, Volume 92, Number 6, August, 1994.
  • "Ten Ways a CPA Can be Sued," Today's  CPA, November, 1992.
  • "The Affirmative Defense of Inability to Pay," Trial Lawyers  Forum, June, 1992.
  • "Finding the Hidden Party," Trial Lawyers  Forum, June 1992.

Practice Specialty:

Defense of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases, Subrogation, and Commercial Litigation.

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