Robert K. Downs

Robert K. Downs

Managing Partner
Location:
Wheaton, Illinois
Phone:
312-767-4422
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1966
  • Florida, 1965
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida
    • J.D. - 1965
  • Grinnell College
    • B.S. - 1956

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, "Role of Attorney for Minor Child", Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "Substitution of Judge", Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "Legislative Updates", Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "Civility and Professionalism", Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "High Conflict Custody Cases", Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "Role of Attorney for Minor Child", American Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "Substitution of Judge", American Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "Legislative Updates", American Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "Civility and Professionalism", American Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "High Conflict Custody Cases", American Bar Association
  • Presenter, Workshop of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2000
  • Presenter, Illinois Custody and Child Representation Program, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of Grinnell College's Highest Alumni Achievement Award, 1998
  • One of Four National Recipients of the American Bar Association Family Law Section "Pro Bono" Service Award, 1995
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Ethel Parker Award, Independent Voters of Illinois
  • Best Legislator Award from Independent Voters of Illinois
  • Finisher, 1992 New York City Marathon
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • American Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award, 1995
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • AVVO Highest Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Third Vice President, 2002
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1992 - 2002
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Former Member, Assembly
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section Council, Chair, 1996 - 1997
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Current Liaison, Board of Governors
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chair, Special Committee to Launch "Partners" Program, 1998
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Co-Chair, Special Comm. on Child Representative Training & Resources, 2000
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chair, CBA Matrimonial Law Committee, 1997 - 1998
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chair, Attorney for the Minor Child Custody Subcommittee, 1996 - 1998
  • Chicago Bar Association, Co-Chair, CBA/Circuit Court Committee, 1996 - 1998
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chair, Subcommittee of Legislation Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, Legislation, Fees & Ethics and Courts Subcommittee
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, Domestic Relations Subcommittee
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Relations Advisory Comm.
  • Chicago Bar Association, Served on Panel of Illinois Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission
  • Chicago Bar Association, Served on Prior CBA Ethics Committee
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Illinois Chapter, Member, Board of Managers, 1995 - 2000
  • Divorce & Custody Mediation Service, President
  • Cook County, Court Appointed Attorney for Child and Guardian Ad Litem
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Convened Special Task Force on Children
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Co-Chair of Special Committee to Promulgate Training for Child Reps.
  • Illinois House of Representatives 79th General Assembly, State Representative
  • Illinois House Executive and Human Resources Joint Subcommittee, Chairman
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • West Suburban Bar Association
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • North Suburban Bar Association
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Wednesday Journal, Inc., Chairman Emeritus of the Board
  • Illinois State Bar Association, President, 2005 - 2006
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, 2004 - 2007
  • 79th Illinois General Assembly, State Representative
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Membership Committee, 2005 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • The Justinian Society of Lawyers