Paul Downs is an experienced trial lawyer who represents entities and individuals in complex disputes involving commercial, trade secret, real estate, and contractual issues. Paul has particular experience representing clients in the renewable energy, banking and finance, life sciences (biotech and pharmaceutical), real estate, food and beverage, entertainment, and technology industries.
I help clients (ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups and individuals) navigate high-stakes legal disputes and achieve favorable outcomes, mindful that success is measured differently depending on a client’s needs. With a deep understanding of the law and a commitment to my clients’ success, I provide strategic and effective representation both in and out of the courtroom. I also am an editor of the New York Commercial Division Practice Guide, which is part of Bloomberg Law's Litigation Practice Portfolio Series, and I teach Legal Writing as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University.
I have tried cases before courts and arbitration tribunals, including those involving multi-million-dollar claims.
*The below representative experience includes representations from prior firms.
The trend toward arbitration is continuing. It remains an attractive path to dispute resolution because it’s typically cost-effective and efficient.
In addition, for clients in the technology, biotech, and pharmaceutical space, there are emerging trends with trade secrets. First, courts are willing to entertain larger and larger damages awards, rewarding plaintiffs’ creative damages theories. Second, courts are increasingly requiring plaintiffs to define their trade secrets with specificity early in litigation.
This article reviews the 2023 “New York Commercial Division Practice Guide,” which was co-edited by New York City Complex Disputes senior counsel Stephen P. Younger. The guide serves as a tool kit for lawyers who appear in the Commercial Division. New York City Complex Disputes counsel Paul Downs also contributed to the guide.
This article focuses on the arrival of New York City Complex Disputes counsel Paul Downs to the firm, detailing his practice area, career, and why he chose NP. The article also highlights the recent arrival of New York City Complex Disputes senior counsel Stephen P. Younger, noting the two attorneys’ longstanding working relationship. It also quotes Chicago partner and Complex Disputes practice leader John Ruskusky and New York City Office Managing Partner Ilana Kameros.
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
Centre College, B.A.
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