Legal & Professional Ethics

When you need answers, advice or expert testimony about legal ethics, you should turn to Downey Law Group. Our legal ethics practice:

  • Counsels lawyers, law firms and legal departments daily regarding legal ethics issues such as avoiding and resolving conflicts of interest, dealing with represented and unrepresented third parties;
  • Provides expert opinion letters on legal ethics issues including conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and attorney-fee matters; and
  • Testifies on issues relating to lawyer disqualification, attorney fees, and client transfers and matter terminations.

Downey Law Group draws upon broad, deep experience in the area of legal ethics in providing these services. The firm’s founding member Michael Downey has:

  • Written ethics opinions for clients including AmLaw 100 firms, sole practitioners, and legal service providers on confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and cloud computer services;
  • Taught legal ethics and law firm practice for more than a decade as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law and more recently St. Louis University School of Law;
  • Presented on legal ethics more than 350 times across the United States and in the United Kingdom and Canada, and has published more than 100 articles on legal ethics, and currently serves as ethics columnist for the National Law Journal and ABA magazines Litigation and Law Practice; and
  • Chaired and served on numerous bar association ethics committees, including chairing the ABA Law Practice Division and Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct and serving on the Technology Working Group of the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 and the Missouri Bar’s Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising.

In addition to his extensive work in legal ethics, Mr. Downey also advises certain other professionals on their ethical and fiduciary obligations. This includes that MR. Downey possesses substantial expertise in the ethics rules that regulate certified public accountants (CPAs). In addition, Mr. Downey served as primary author of the Missouri Public Service Commission’s ex parte communication rules, now codified as 4 Missouri Code of State Regulations 240-4.020.