Defense Litigation, Appeals, & Subrogation

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Defense Litigation, Appeals, and Subrogation require a seasoned firm with expertise. These practice areas require specialized experience, careful assessment, and collaborative counsel to achieve success. As with all practice areas within our firm, Downs & Stanford’s attorneys will partner with our clients to vigorously defend their interests.

Defense Litigation

Businesses today face an ever-increasing array of lawsuits for a variety of tort and contract claims. In this climate, a solid relationship with trusted legal counsel is paramount.

Downs & Stanford offers experienced guidance and representation in areas including trucking accidents, general personal injury, premises liability, motor vehicle collisions, professional negligence, product liability, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, fraud investigations, workers’ compensation, and subrogation. When necessary, our crisis management team is available after hours for an immediate response to catastrophic matters, ensuring the protection of our clients’ rights by preserving critical evidence at the accident site.

We offer emergency response 24/7 for all of our clients, especially those in the transportation business, land and sea. Our trucking, maritime, energy and other clients don’t just work 9-5, and neither do we. Our lawyers include members in the Trucking Industry Defense Association, Defense Research Institute, and Texas Association of Defense Counsel. Founding Shareholder Jay Downs is a former Chairman of the Primerus Defense Institute, Transportation Section, 2009-2010.


If a trial result requires an appeal and time is of the essence, a seasoned firm with expertise in appellate law is necessary.

Downs & Stanford navigates our clients through the often-confusing appellate process with compassion and understanding. Our attorneys are experienced in a variety of litigation areas, including personal injury, workers’ compensation, commercial disputes, employment law, and business torts. Our appellate practice includes charge preparation, direct appeals, writs of mandamus, post-trial motions, and amicus briefs. In addition to representation, we offer appellate advocate services, taking on a consulting role in cases when our specialized expertise is needed.


Downs & Stanford provides trusted advice to insurers and their self-insured parties for recovering compensation from responsible tortfeasors. We offer a full spectrum of subrogation services, from reviewing files to determine subrogation potential, to prosecuting claims, and serving as expert witnesses in subrogation matters. Most importantly, our attorneys carefully assess the situation at hand, advise clients of their rights, and help them collect payment.

We are dedicated to working with our clients and are available for educational opportunities. Downs & Stanford publishes periodic bulletins to keep our clients informed about the law, as well as current events that affect clients’ interests.