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Robert Allan Downing

Robert A. Downing, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Product Liability, Professional Liability, Insurance, Antitrust, Commercial Law.


Downing, Robert Allan was born on January 6, 1929 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Leo Vertin and Mayme C. (Kennedy) Downing.


University of Wisconsin (Bachelor of Science, cum laude, 1950. Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1956).


Worked at Ruff, Weidenaar & Reidy, Ltd. (Chicago, Illinois) specializing in Product Liability, Professional Liability, Insurance, Antitrust, Commercial Law. Admitted to the bar, 1956, Wisconsin and Illinois.

1975, United States. Supreme Court. Phi Delta Phi. Staff Member, University of Wisconsin Law Review, 1954-1956. Author: "The Distortion and Misuse of Rule 2(E)," 54 Notre Dame Lawyer 774, June, 1979.

"Manufacturers Duty To Warn," Product Liability Symposium, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Center For Advanced Professional Development, February, 1980. Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin Law School, Legal Writing and Research Course, 1954-1956. Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.

Member: Society of Trial Lawyers. Law Club of Chicago; Legal Club of Chicago. Military: Lieutenant, United States.

Navy, 1950-1953.


Trustee, former president Episcopal Charities and Cmty. Superior vena cava syndrome, Chicago Diocese. Served to Lieutenant United States Navy, 1950-1953, Korea.

Fellow American College Trial Lawyers. Member American Bar Association, Society Trial Lawyers, Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, 7th Circuit Bar Association, Union League Club, Law Club, Legal Club, MidDay Club, Westmoreland Country Club.


Married JoAnn C. Cramton, April 14, 1951 (divorced September 1977). Children: Robert A., Kevin C., Tracey Downing Clark, Gregory E. Married Joan Govan Reiter, October 29, 1977.

1 child, Charles E. Reiter III.