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James J. Downes, American lawyer. Bar: New York 1969, United States District Court (southern district) New York 1973, United States District Court (northern district) New York 1998, United States Court 2nd District Court of Appea circuit) 1974, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1974.


Downes, James J. was born on October 14, 1944 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States. Son of James Richard and Dorothy Elizabeth Downes.


Mount St. Mary's College (Bachelor of Arts, 1966). New York Law School (Juris Doctor, 1969).


Worked at Rende, Ryan & Downes (White Plains, NY) specializing in Litigation and Trial Practice in all State and Federal Courts. Negligence.

Admitted to the bar, 1969, New York. 1973, United States. District Court, Southern District of New York.

1974, United States. Supreme Court and United States. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Assistant District Attorney, Westchester County, New York, 1969-1972.

Member: Northern Westchester, Westchester County and New York State Bar Associations. The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Rende, Ryan & Downes was founded in 1982 by James J. Downes, Robert D. Ryan and Joseph G. Rende. All three practiced together at the White Plains firm of Clark, Gagliardi & Miller and previously served as Assistant District Attorneys in Westchester County. The firm has since been joined by two more former Assistant District Attorneys and a confidential law assistant to a N.Y. Court of Claims Judge.

With its extensive trial background, the firm specializes in civil litigation in Federal and State Courts, encompassing commercial and tort litigation, personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice and general negligence, from the New York City area, north to Albany, New York.


Commissioner Pound Ridge (New York ) Recreation Commission, 1987-1994. President Bedford (New York ) Pound Ridge Little League, 1986-1997. Member Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New York State Trial Lawyers, Westchester County Bar Association, Lambda Iota Tau.


  • Other Interests

    Running, reading.


Married Susan Downes, January 25, 1969. Children: Ian, Kevin.