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Ronald W Downs

Car accident Attorney at Salem, OR

5.0   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found

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About Ronald

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I bring a unigue perpesctive to litigation in the sense that I have been representing employers and individuals for pretty much my entire career. I believe, and clients have shared, that this insight, provides them with knowledge and comfort throughout the process and a noticable strategic advantage during settlement conferences and in trial.


Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice


Ronald W Downs


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  14 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Tyler | April 8, 2015
Friendly attitude, professional service
Ron started out as my lawyer, and quickly became my good friend. I originally heard of Ron through my father, and when I was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2011, I asked if he would represent me. Without being too specific to details, every party involved received what was fair. Ron helped me understand the process, and provided me a recommended course of action for every decision along the way, but let me know that decision was ultimately mine to make. In the end, I followed every one of Ron's recommendations, and the entire ordeal was painless, and I could not have been happier with the outcome.
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Posted by amber | March 27, 2015
Amazing Attorney!!
Going through any type of legal proceeding can be very scary and intimidating, even if you think you know your stuff and have a strong case. Having Ron in my corner was such a relief. I knew that I had an attorney that could handle the mean & scary insurance agents, and then their attorneys when it came to that. He was so great through every phase of my lawsuit. He would give me straight answers and he kept me informed throughout the process. He didn't sugarcoat things or promise me results that were unrealistic, rather gave me honest opinions and real-life outcomes. I appreciated his vast knowledge base and ability to think like a plaintiff as well as a defendant. I honestly would refer anyone that I know and care about to him because I know he would treat them as well as he treated me. If I ever find myself in the unfortunate need of an attorney again, he'll be my very first call.
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Posted by Matthew | June 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service and Professionalism
Ronald Downs handled my car accident claim, that has gone on for nearly two years, and has handled everything exceptionally. He's walked me through all of the best possible ways and solutions to handle my case through and through, and has always been extremely professional with communication. Although as professional as he is, Ron can be very laid back, and is great at maintaining equal energy with his clients. Ronald Downs is my first lawyer, and although the results of my case did not end well, he still stuck to his guns and did everything is his power to ensure that I got what I deserved, and because of that I was exceptionally satisfied with the outcome. I highly recommend Ron for his commendable efforts and assurance that his clients will, guaranteed, get what they are owed. Though he may be my first lawyer, if I have another accident in the future (hopefully that will not happen), Ronald Downs will be the first lawyer I will call to represent me in my case. Thank you for everything you've done for me, Ron, I appreciate it more than anything in the world.
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Posted by Prescott | December 2, 2018
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Personal Injury Claim involving a Motor Vehicle Accident
I hired Ron to represent me in a Personal Injury Claim involving a Motor Vehicle Accident. He was there for me through the entire process from filing the tort claim to arbitration. His advice to "focus on healing" before focusing on the lawsuit was invaluable as it encouraged me to seek the treatment I needed. When the injury did finally resolve he was able to recover all of my medical costs and fair amount for non-economic damages.
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Posted by Sheri | November 18, 2018
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Employment and Company split up
Ron, did a great job of representing us on a business breakup. We also used him on a labor issue with an employee earlier in the year. I highly recommend Ron and we would use his services again if another situation came up
Posted by Steve | March 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Litigator
Ron Downs provided legal representation for me during a lengthy and complicated corporate non-compete claim and subsequent law-suit by my former employer. His thorough understanding of employment law and network of national experts help craft a multi-pronged defense which included researching and presenting the case using both Oregon and Kansas Law, the state in where my former employer is based. Mr. Downs represented me, first through the required mediation, and then through several settlement attempts which resulted in finalizing the suit in binding arbitration. His handling of the case was exceptional and was beyond my expectations. His preparation of the case and witnesses as well as the preparation of me for depositions and the arbitration hearing was far superior to what I witnessed of the legal team for my former employer. Mr. Downs reviewed issues with candor walked me though the case and educated me on the processes of the legal system. Always available for counsel, Mr. Downs guided me through the case and provided an ear to listen and support along the way. He is an attorney that went beyond what is minimally required to represent a client. If you are looking for a litigator that will be honest and upfront, who is excellent in the courtroom and who will go the extra mile for you I highly recommend Ron Downs.
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Posted by Lori | February 2, 2017
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Knowledgable, Professional, and Friendly
I contacted Ron Downs after not reaching, what I felt was reasonable compensation after a fairly serious car accident. Ron explained the process to me, reviewed all the pertinent paperwork, and provided guidance as to what my next step(s) should be. After hiring Ron, he went to work and kept me apprised of what was happening every step of the way. He was able to secure a more favorable settlement for me. I could not be happier with the outcome. Should I ever need an attorney in the future, I would most definitely call Ron.
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Posted by Barbara Fry | October 28, 2016
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conversation with Ron Downs
I contacted Ron for his advice on my dispute of a doctor in salem, he was very personable and kind. My life is better now after our conversation. Thank You Ron!!
Posted by Brent | April 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Actually cared about my case
When I contacted Ron, I was pleasantly surprised to find someone who genuinely cared about my situation. Ron took a personal interest, listened, asked the right questions, and gave me honest answers. I felt that I was given the kind of consideration that a friend or family member would have received He was more interested in how I wanted to go forward, and then gave me advice based on my preferences. Each time I contacted Ron, he was quick to get back to me. I'm glad that I contacted Ron Downs when I needed assistance, and would highly recommend Ron to anyone who needs his services. You won't be disappointed! He really cares about his clients.
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Posted by Elizabeth Joplin | January 6, 2016
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Car accident
I live in another state so you can imagine my apprehension of having to hire an out of state attorney to help with a legal matter. I did my due diligence and read the information/bio for each attorney in the Salem area. Out of the all the attorneys, I only called Ron. He was the best choice. My daughter was hit by a car in a cross walk in Salem. He gave us options, provided us the necessary information needed to make an informed decision and handled the matter quickly and effectively. He was personable, professional, understanding, and kept us updated throughout the entire process by explaining everything. He understood our need to resolve the situation so that my daughter could move on. Should the need ever arise; I would gladly utilize his services again. I highly recommend Ron Downs.
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Posted by Ronald | April 3, 2015
Fall from wheelchair lift.
My name is Ronald Tizzard. August 2011, I had cataract surgery. been . When being transported home, getting unloaded, I had a fall off the wheelchair lift and landed on my head. The accident required my neck to be fused. The fall left me with permanent loss of neck movement, and constant migrain. I contacted Attorney Ronald Downs, and he reviewed what had happened before accepting my case. I was kept informed of where we were at, and just what to expect. ( ending in a settlement ) You won't find a better attorney, because he cares about his clients.
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Posted by Nico | March 28, 2015
Wonderful experience!
Well, as wonderful any experience could possibly be when dealing with a litigation issue. Ron was very attentive, responsive, and patient. He provided excellent communication throughout the process and ensured that the interests I help most important were of top priority. I would strongly recommend Ron to anyone!
Posted by Vicky | March 22, 2015
Knowledgable, trustworthiness.
Ron Downs not only knows how to handle a case, he is with you 100% along the process. Our phone calls and emails were always answered very promptly, and answers given to any questions. We always felt as though we were the most important case he was handling. We will not hesitate to use and recommend Ron Downs for any future legal needs.
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Posted by Jeanne | February 4, 2015
Ron Downs is THE attorney. He has worked tirelessly on my case, making me confident I have the absolute best representation possible. I trust him without reservation. He encourages questions and dialogue, returns phone calls, gives me his undivided attention, and makes me feel like my case is the most important one he has. He explains the entire process, keeps me advised of every step, and has been a true advocate. I am most fortunate to have him on my side.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • General Counsel
  • Special Districts Association of Oregon
  • 2001 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Ronald W. Downs P.C.
  • 1992 - Present


  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Oregon State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987


  • Oregon Cascades Fastpitch Club
  • President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Mermber
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate
  • Barton's Advocacy Boot Camp
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Special Districts Association of Oregon Annual Conference
  • Wrong Discharge and Continental Claims
  • 2017
  • SDAO Annual Conference 1994 to 2015
  • Employment Law Update
  • 2015
  • Fire Districts State Wide
  • Sexual Harassment
  • 2013
  • Special Districts Association of Oregon Spring Conference
  • What Happens During the Course of Litigation When ?:
  • 2012
  • Special Districts Association of Oregon Annual Conference
  • Retaliation
  • 2010
  • Special Districts Association of Oregon Annual Conference
  • Litigation 101 A Primer for New Management
  • 2009
  • Special Districts Association of Oregon Annual Conference
  • Constitutional Claims
  • 2008
  • Special Districts Assocation of Oregon Annual Conference
  • Managing Common Issues in the Employment Relationship
  • 2006
  • National AGRIP in New York
  • Internal Investigations
  • 2005
  • Local Government Personnel Institute Conference
  • Impact of Policies and Procedures
  • 2005
  • Oregon Park and Recreation Association Annual Conference
  • Mock Sexual Harassment Trial
  • 2003
  • Pesonnel Management Seminar
  • Three Dimensional Chess / A Case Study
  • 2001
  • Special Districts Association of Oregon Statewide Conference
  • Managing Public Sector Employment Issues
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Ronald
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ron is a capable, smart, friendly attorney who definitely knows how to litigate a case."
Insurance Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ron is an intelligent and creative lawyer. In the cases I have had with him, I have found him to be bright and honest, and he represents his clients well."
Litigation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Ron on multiple litigation matters and it has always been a positive experience. He is professional, insightful and very focused on achieving the best possible outcome for the entity he is defending."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Ron has a wealth of knowledge and experience with complicated employment issues. His reasoned and straightforward approach is excellent for obtaining a good result."
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Employment and labor
Employment and labor

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Salem Car accident Lawyer Ronald W Downs
Ronald W Downs
Car accident Attorney
Salem, OR
Licensed for 32 years