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Thomas M. Downey



  • University of Toledo (J.D., 1989)
  • Ohio State University (B.A., 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California

Thomas M. Downey

Practice Experience

Tom Downey is a trial attorney that practices in the areas of transportation, insurance, professional liability and environmental law.  He has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts, including matters tried to verdict or judgment in California, Ohio and Hawaii. His practice includes representation of a wide variety of clients, including:

  • Business entities in complex commercial litigation involving unfair trade practices (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code 17200), business interruption, breach of contract, defamation, infringement and invasion of privacy lawsuits
  • Property and casualty insurers, life and health insurers, excess and surplus line insurers, director and officers insurers and reinsurers in claims involving insurance coverage, breach of contract and bad faith allegations
  • Motor carriers, shippers, freight forwarders, brokers and logistics services in lawsuits alleging product liability, property damage, personal injury, wrongful death and cargo losses
  • Manufacturers, retailers, oil and gas producers and product suppliers in lawsuits alleging product liability, property damage, trespass, nuisance, personal injury and contamination
  • Insurance brokers and environmental engineers in professional liability actions regarding professional services and breach of contract
  • Managed care organizations, health care providers, administrators in actions regarding contract claims, benefits and reimbursement disputes
  • Large and small businesses in environmental regulatory proceedings and compliance, asbestos litigation, Proposition 65 warnings and enforcement litigation
  • Insurers and reinsurers regarding contracts, indemnity agreements, surety bonds, regulatory compliance and arbitration proceedings
  • Risk managers and corporate counsel regarding emergency response,  alternative dispute resolution, pre-litigation investigations and litigation management

Professional Activities

  • California Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Litigation Section, Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee, Litigation Section, Health Care Section
  • Alameda County Bar Association, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society
  • The Harmonie Group


  • The Reinsurance Arbitration Panel:  Selection and Communication (Defense Research Institute, 1998)
  • Insurance Litigation, Chapter 18, Depositions (West, 2000)
  • Practical Guidelines for Working with Experts