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Appellate Lawyers

Michael J. Downey


Mike Downey is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution associate in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice. He has briefed appeals in federal and state courts and at all levels of the judicial system, including amicus briefs, petitions for certiorari, and merits briefs in the US Supreme Court. Mike’s appellate practice is wide-ranging, but focuses on financial services and commercial litigation, and he has briefed and argued a pro bono habeas corpus appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also has substantial experience with general federal motions practice.


Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mike clerked for Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and for Judge Milton I. Shadur of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mike received his JD, magna cum laude, from the Northwestern University School of Law. During law school, he served as the Colloquy Articles Editor for the Northwestern University Law Review, worked in the law school’s Supreme Court Clinic, and received the Arlyn Miner Book Award for excellence in persuasive writing. Mike also received his BA from Northwestern University, where he majored in Astrophysics and Philosophy.

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