Daniel T. Downey

//Daniel T. Downey
Daniel T. Downey 2017-09-26T15:28:38-04:00

Experienced Trial Lawyer Delivering Results

Dan joined the firm as a Partner in August 2013. He received his law degree from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Youngstown State University. Dan is a trial attorney and enhances the insurance defense and law enforcement liability sections of the firm. He is experienced in employment and civil rights litigation, law enforcement liability, administrative matters, arbitrations, civil service law and collective bargaining, as well as representing insurance companies and their insureds in a wide variety of litigation matters.

Dan frequently presents seminars and training in a variety of fields including insurance liability and law enforcement liability and conducts trainings to Ohio Sheriffs about legal issues confronting task forces through the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association. Dan is a member of the Federal and Ohio State Bar Associations, Columbus Bar Association, and a member of the Defense Research Institute, as well as Public Risk Management Association. Dan was named to the 2013-2016 Super Lawyers and 2015-2017 Best Lawyers listings, recognized for his outstanding work in the area of Civil Litigation Defense.

On the Personal Side

Dan is married and has two young daughters with much of his time dedicated to family activities. A lover of all sports, but specifically college football. It is hard to find a bigger college football fan than Dan.

Professional Memberships

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Public Risk Management Association

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Insurance Coverage

Credentials and Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers® 2015 – 2017
  • Super Lawyers® 2013 – 2017


  • The Ohio State University, J.D., 1994
  • Youngstown State University, B.A. in political science, magna cum laude. 1991

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Reported Cases

  • Robertson v. Lucas, et al., 753 F.3d 606 (6th Cir. 2014)
  • Bright v. Gallia County, Ohio, et al., 753 F.3d 639 (6th Cir. 2014)
  • Lovett v. Lucas, et al., 2012 WL 2155163 (N.D. Ohio June 12, 2012)
  • Messer v. Butler County Board of Commissioners, et al., Ohio App. 12th Dist., 2009 Ohio 4462
  • Carter v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, et al., Ohio App. 8th Dist., 2004 Ohio 6633
  • Tablack v. Board of Mahoning County Commissioners, et al., Ohio App. 7th Dist., 2008 Ohio 4804
  • Hunt v. Morrow County, Ohio, et al., Ohio App. 5th Dist., 2009 Ohio 4313
  • Roberts, et al. v. County of Mahoning, et al., 495 F. Supp. 2d 670 (N.D. Ohio 2005)
  • France v. Lucas, 2016 FED App. 0233P (6th Cir.)

Representative Defense Verdicts Following Trial

  • Valentino v. Lt. Shawn Haus, et al., Case No. 1:12-CV-902, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division
  • Rush, etc., et al. v. City of Mansfield, Ohio, et al., Case No. 1:07‐CV‐1068, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division
  • Dobbins, etc. v. Columbia Oil Company, et al., Case No. 03‐CV‐1683, Montgomery County, Ohio Common Pleas Court
  • Fletcher v. Vandyne, et al., Case No. C2:07‐CV‐325, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division
  • Leggett v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, Case No. 2001 CV 06 0299,Tuscarawas County, Ohio Common Pleas Court
  • Wilhelm, et al. v. Knox County, Ohio, et al., Case No. 02 03 786, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division