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Joseph Patrick Downs

Divorce and separation Attorney at Irvine, CA

4.3   6 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 34 years
    Indiana - IN 34 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1989
    Suspended No misconduct found

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With over 25 years of extensive family law experience, Attorney Joseph P. Downs is considered to be one of the most experienced and most respected family law/divorce attorneys practicing in Orange County, California today. Attorney Downs has successfully tried thousands of family law cases, routinely achieving outstanding results for his clients.

The Family Law Staff at the Law Offices of Joseph P. Downs work as a team to meet your legal needs. Our entire staff is at your service to provide divorce, legal separation, paternity, property division, child custody, child visitation, child support and spousal support information and insight in your all Family Law matters. 

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Orange County Divorce Attorney


Law Offices Of Joseph P. Downs
7700 Irvine Center Drive
Suite 800
Irvine, CA, 92618

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Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
One of the Best!
As someone who has had the unfortunate displeasure of being in family court for 10 years I have worked with more attorneys than I care to admit and have seen countless in action and Mr. Downs is BY FAR one of the best. I have never seen someone so effective in court and work so swiftly. He is knowledgable, well prepared, and well respected by the Court. I cannot thank him enough!
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Posted by Maryam | July 22, 2018
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Great attorney
Mr. Downs was appointed to me by the court for a frivolous contempt my ex husband had filed against me. Mr. Downs got it dismissed without any involvement from me. He’s a very personalab person with a great sense of humor and loads of knowledge and experience. Thank Joe!
Posted by John | February 12, 2015
Expert Counseling & Representation In Complex Family Law Cases
- I recommend Joseph Downs - I hired Joseph more than 3 years ago when he handled my Divorce matters - I rehired Joseph more than 1 year ago when he handled my Request for Modification of Spousal Support matters - I consulted 3 other lawyers before first hiring Joseph Joseph has a very good knowledge of the California Family law, including the Case Law that becomes relevant in each complex divorce . He carefully explained to me the legal aspects pertinent to my family matters, including listing potential outcomes and suggesting best solutions. Our communications have been very good and promptly answered, whether by email, telephone or office consultations. And all these gave me the peace of mind of knowing that things are under control, that I can actively get involved in searching for solutions, while under expert guidance. When the search for solutions hit snags, Joseph encouraged me to engage in personal negotiations with my ex-spouse, which ultimately led to settlement agreements, to the benefit of both parties. Both cases - divorce and modification of spousal support - were thus resolved in about 15 months each, much less time than it would take for a Court decision in a complex case. In both cases the settlement documents were carefully and expertly drawn by Joseph to the full satisfaction of both parties.
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Posted by Deborah | February 11, 2015
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This is the "good heart" attorney. During one of the most difficult times of my life, Joseph Downs not only handled my case with expert knowledge and professionalism, but he extended compassion, kindness, and encouragement. This is the most honest attorney and I'm sure one of the most respected in his field. I've referred others to his practice who would all agree, Joseph Down is the best choice!
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Posted by Ivy | February 10, 2015
Amazing, knowledgeable attorney!
I called the Office of Joseph Downs when I was going through one of the most difficult, heart wrenching times in my life. He and Monika, a paralegal, not only offered amazing legal advice and services, but also demonstrated compassion and genuine care for me. They gave me hope in a near hopeless situation--and helped me to not only win my case but to keep my young son safe. Attorney Downs is incredibly knowledgeable and has so much experience in family law--he really assisted me in understanding the legal system and ways of the court. I cannot recommend Attorney Downs more highly!
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Posted by Jeremy Christianson | September 19, 2017
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I would have been better off representing myself
I hired Joseph Downs to represent me in child custody case and thought that lawyers argue cases. What I got was nothing but compliance to what the judge offered with no rebuttal. Many times while in discussion Mr. Downs would jump to say hello to other lawyer buddies. I did not feel represented at all and would not recommend his services.
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Work Experience

  • Family Law Attorney
  • The Law Office of Joseph P. Downs
  • 1989 - Present


  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985


  • County of Orange - Family Law Contempt Matters
  • County Counsel
  • 2007 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Downs was my opposing counsel on a post-judgment matter that involved a complex pension, retirement, and support matter. Mr. Downs was highly professional and courteous but also a tough and thorough adversary. Too often, family law attorneys take on the persona of their clients and allow their professionalism to slip. Mr. Downs is a consummate professional and an excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been opposing counsel on several matters with Joseph. His commitment to efficiently and effectively resolving cases is evident from the start. I have found him to be a zealous advocate who maintains reasonable positions in accordance with the law."
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Irvine Divorce and separation Lawyer Joseph Patrick Downs
Joseph Patrick Downs
Divorce and separation Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 34 years