John R. Downey

Principal

Phone:

860-493-3432 (Direct Dial)
860-549-1000 Ext. 1432 (Main Line)

Fax:

860-724-3921

Email:

jdowney@rms-law.com

Areas of Practice


  • Mediation, Arbitration, Mini Trials, Dispute Resolution
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation



Bar Admissions


  • South Carolina, 1978
  • Connecticut, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1978



Education


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
    • Masters - 1975
    • Major: International Studies, Thesis - The Panama Canal Controversy, 1964-1974
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Major: Political Science



Published Works


  • Commentary to the Code of Evidence, Connecticut Rules of Court, Thomson Publishing Company, 2000-2017
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Guide to Evidence in State and Federal Court, West Publishing, 1983-1999
  • Saving and Recovering Money for Your Company Through the Second Injury Fund, The Corporate Bar News, Fall, 1992
  • The Practical Effects of Tort Reform on Medical Malpractice, Non-Profit Organization, Immunity & Dram Shop, Connecticut Bar Journal, October, 1988
  • A Proposal for Legislating Employee Drug Testing with Heike Martin, Connecticut Law Tribune, March 30th, 1987



Classes/Seminars


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 101: ADR Basics for Beginners and Those Unfamiliar with ADR, Fairfield County Bar Association, 2017
  • View from the Bench: Mediation, Ethics, Skills and Practical Considerations for Counsel, Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Drafting and Implementing Modern ADR Clauses, Connecticut Bar Association, 2011
  • Toxic Tort and Environmental Updates, American Law Firm Association, March 31, 1991
  • Connecticut Evidence, Professional Educational Systems, 1989


Professional Associations and Memberships


  • Connecticut Bar Association, ADR Committee
  • Fairfield County Bar Association, Member


Past Employment Positions


  • Judicial Branch, State of Connecticut, Judge, 2001 - 2009
  • Rome McGuigan Sabanosh, P.C., Principal, 1992 - 2001
  • Union Carbide Chemical and Plastics Company, Inc, Litigation Counsel and Food & Drug Counsel, 1989 - 1992
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Counsel, 1985 - 1989
  • Regnier Taylor Curran and Lagenbach, Associate, 1979 - 1985


Pro Bono Activities


  • Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Board Member & Vice President, 2013 - Present
  • St. Patrick's Church, Trustee, Redding, CT
  • Hispanic Center, ESL Instructor, Danbury, CT, 2007
  • University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, Member, 1995 - 2001
  • Town of Redding, Planning Commission, Redding CT, 1987 - 1995
  • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scoutmaster, Redding, 1990-1994


Ancillary Businesses


  • Mediation, Arbitration, Mini Trials, Alternative Dispute Resolution


Fraternities/Sororities


  • Zeta Psi