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Mr. Downey was born in Canton, Massachusetts. He attended Noble and Greenough School in Dedham Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. While a student in law school, Mr. Downey was chosen to become one of a select group of students to compete in national events as a member of the American Trial Lawyer’s Association (ATLA) Mock Trial Team. He obtained his law degree in 1993 and was one of a very limited group of applicants to be hired before graduation by the Trial Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas. Mr. Downey served as a trial prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office until December 1998. He is licensed throughout the State of Texas as well as in the federal courts of the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Downey is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Specialization.

While serving as a prosecutor for Harris County, Mr. Downey held a variety of positions within the District Attorney’s Office and acted as lead trial prosecutor in over 60 jury trials. He was selected to serve as the Chief Prosecutor in charge of two misdemeanor courts including the newly created County Criminal Court at Law No. 15. During his tenure, Mr. Downey achieved Assistant Chief Felony Prosecutor status and was responsible for prosecuting a wide variety of crimes including murder and other first-degree felony crimes.

During his last year with the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Downey was selected to join the Civil Rights Division where he focused his efforts on the investigation and prosecution of law enforcement personnel accused of civil rights violations. He was a member of the Harris County District Attorney’s Shooting Investigation Team which was responsible for examining every officer-related shooting in Harris County in which a citizen was injured.

As a prosecutor, Mr. Downey worked closely with members of numerous police agencies including the Houston Police Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, the Texas Rangers, DEA, FBI, ATF, the Secret Service, the Internal Affairs Division and the Department of Justice.

To date, none of the convictions Mr. Downey obtained as a prosecutor have ever been reversed on appeal.

In December 1998, Mr. Downey left the District Attorney’s Office to establish his own firm. In June 2002, Mr. Downey founded The Downey Law Firm at its present location at 2814 Hamilton Street in downtown Houston. He devotes the majority of his practice to representing individual citizens and corporate clients charged with state and federal crimes. His office is staffed with additional attorneys who assist clients on a wide variety of other matters including, but not limited to family law, personal injury law and general litigation.

Mr. Downey undertakes all criminal cases with an eye toward obtaining a dismissal of all charges. He educates all of his clients as to the nature of the charges they face and the legal ramifications of any outcomes that might occur. Mr. Downey has successfully defended citizens accused of a wide range of charges including virtually all forms of felonies and misdemeanors.

Over the years, Mr. Downey has developed a strong working relationship with judges, prosecutors, members of law enforcement, and fellow members of the defense bar. He works hard to maintain a reputation within the community as a vigorous advocate for his clients and an aggressive trial attorney.

Mr. Downey is a former member of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association. He is a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas’ Criminal Justice Section as well as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (TCDLA), and the Harris County Criminal Lawyer’s Association (HCCLA).

Additionally, Mr. Downey has appeared as a legal commentator on criminal matters for MSNBC, The Abrams Report, Court TV and the Catherine Crier Show.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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  1. Violent Crime: 40%
    17 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 35%
    17 years
  3. White Collar Crime: 25%
    17 years



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  • Phillip Lawson Baker

    I have known and worked along side Chris Downey for the past twenty years. I have watched him in the courtroom trying cases as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. I have seem him speak on various topics at legal seminars. Chris is highly competent and committed to his clients and loves the law. I highly recommend Chris to any one looking for aggressive and compassionate representation. .


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  • Tyrone Cedric Moncriffe

    I endorse this lawyer.chris is one of the best lawyers in the state. He is a warrior and fights with everything he has for his clients. He is highly respected in the legal community.


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The Downey Law Firm

The Downey Building
2814 Hamilton Street
Houston, TX, 77004-1232


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199310/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2014
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2014
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Houston's Top LawyerH Texas Magazine2013
Texas Super LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Houston's Top LawyerH Texas Magazine2011
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2010
Houston's Top LawyersH Texas Magazine2009
Board Certified in Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderThe Downey Law Firm, PC1999 - Present
Co-DirectorHouston Police Department Crime Laboratory Serology Investigation Panel2007 - 2009
ProsecutorHarris County District Attorney's Office1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2006 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1999 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1999 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice SectionMember1999 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Texas v. WestDismissed
State of Texas v YYDismissed
State of Texas v. MartinezDismissed on day of trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
TCDLA Rusty Duncan Seminar"Jury Selection in Texas State Courts" by Lewis Dickson & Christopher Downey2014
State Bar of Texas, 39th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar"Instructing the Jury"2013
State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar"Instructing The Jury"2012
State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar 2010Caution: Jury Charges Ahead2010
State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law SeminarSubpoenaing Big Brother2008
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association/ DWI TOP GUN SeminarPicking a Skeptical Jury in A Short Period of Time2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of LawLawJD1993
Duke UniversityPublic PolicyBA1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar"Jury Selection: Cutting the Bum Cards"2014
Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association"Picking a Skeptical Jury"2014
40th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar"Preservation of Error"2014
Newsmakers with Khambrel MarshallLegal Analyst2013
Indigent Defense Seminar"Winning Before Trial: Voir Dire"2013
39th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar"Instructing the Jury"2013
State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar"Instructing The Jury"2012
Harris County Public Defender Speaker Series"Pretrial Preparation"2012
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Presents Voir Dire"Voir Dire"2011
State Bar of Texas Avanced Criminal Law SeminarCaution: Jury Charges Ahead2010
DWI Top Gun SeminarPretrial Preparation and Discovery of Unusual Evidence2010