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Robert K. Downs

Robert K. Downs

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Estate Planning

About Me

Mr. Downs was President of the Illinois State Bar Association in 2005-2006 and was a member of the ISBA task force on attorneys for minority children, which drafted the Illinois revised child representative law.  He also chaired the ISBA Family law Section Council and was Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Matrimonial Law Committee.  He was also one of four recipients of the 1995 American Bar Foundation Family Law Pro Bono Services Award.  Mr. Downs' efforts have also been recognized by the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and others.  He did his undergraduate work at Grinnell College, where he was awarded their Distinguished Alumni Award, and he received his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2009.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1965

  1. Divorce & Separation: 60%
    49 years
  2. Family: 35%
    49 years
  3. Estate Planning: 5%
    49 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Thomas Anthony Bruno

    Bob Downs and I work together on a committee of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a strong advocate and an excellent lawyer.


    Thomas Bruno Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Downs Law Offices, P.C.

150 N Wacker Dr, Suite 1870
Chicago, IL, 60606-1657


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law196605/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Hall of Fame AwardStetson University College of Law2009
Recognition of Meritous ServiceISBA Mutual2009
Certificate of AppreciationIllinois State Bar Association2007
Recognition of ServiceIllinois State Bar Association2006
Award of MeritNational Center for Missing & Exploited Children2000
RecognitionCircuit Court of Cook County, Illinois2000
Distinguished Alum AwardGrinnell College1998
Leading Illinois Attorney - Family Law & Adoption LawAmerican Research Corporation1996
Pro Bono Service AwardAmerican Bar Association1995
Best LegislatorIndependent Voters of Illinois1976
Ethel Parker AwardIndependent Voters of Illinois1976
Governor's Justice AwardState of Illinois1972
Merit AwardLegal Assistance Foundation of ChicagoN/A
AV Rating-highest possibleMartindale-HubbleN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
State Representative79th Illinois General Assembly1975 - 1976

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember - House of Delegates2005 - 2005
Illinois State Bar AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
Illinois Academy of LawyersRegent2001 - 2005
Chicago Bar Association, Matrimonial Law CommitteeChair1998 - 1998
Illinois State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors1997 - 2007
Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair1996 - 1997
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellowN/A
Illinois Bar FoundationN/AN/A
DuPage County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
West Suburban Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Cook County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Attorneys' Title Guarantee Fund, Inc.N/AN/A
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsN/AN/A
Justinian Society of LawyersN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Synod of Lincoln TrailsModeratorN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Grinnell CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
ABA Annual MeetingPresidential Showcase Speaker2001
New Member Admission CeremonyResponsibilities of a LawyerN/A
ISBA ConferenceSubstitution of JudgeN/A
ISBA ConferenceLegislative UpdatesN/A
ISBA ConferenceCivility and ProfessionalismN/A
ISBA ConferenceRole of the Attorney for the Minor ChildN/A