Jeffrey P. Downer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Seattle, WA

Lee Smart, P.S., Inc.
 | 1800 One Convention Place, 701 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101-3929
Phone: 206-621-3482
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Defense (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (30%),
  • Insurance Coverage (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jeffrey P. Downer is a senior shareholder of Lee Smart, P.S., Inc. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1982 and was admitted to the Washington State Bar that year. He joined Lee Smart, P.S., Inc., as an intern in 1980 and as a lawyer in 1982. He became a shareholder in the firm in 1987. His practice emphasizes insurance defense litigation, including insurance-coverage matters, product liability, environmental claims and coverage, appellate practice and a broad range of professional liability claims.

Mr. Downer is Costco Wholesale Corporation's national coordinating counsel in defense of claims across North America arising from allegations of E. coli O157:H7 infection and other claims of food-borne illness or food contamination. He also coordinates the firm's insurance coverage and appellate practice. Mr. Downer has served as arbitrator in numerous lawsuits involving personal injuries and commercial disputes.

A cum laude graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in editorial journalism, Mr. Downer is the editor of THE LEE SMART QUARTERLY, a newsletter on litigation and the insurance defense practice of law. In 1994, Mr. Downer received an AV Preeminent rating* from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is its highest rating. He has spoken at Continuing Legal Education seminars regarding claims of food-borne illness, professional liability and many other aspects of defense litigation.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Professional Liability (60%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Personal Injury - General (30%): Slip and Fall, Personal Injury - Defense

Insurance Coverage (10%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense

Focus Areas

Professional Liability: Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Personal Injury - General: Slip and Fall, Personal Injury - Defense

Insurance Coverage: Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2017

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About Jeffrey Downer

Admitted: 1982, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.leesmart.com/our-team/jeffrey-p-downer/

Honors and Awards:

  • "AV" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1994

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Washington

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Continuing Legal Education seminars regarding Claims of Food borne Illness, Professional Liability, and many other aspects of Defense Litigation

Representative Clients:

  • Kenco Enterprises Northwest, LLC  v.  Wiese, – 172 Wn. App. 607, 291 P.3d 21, Legal Malpractice, 2013
  • Jackowski v. Borchelt – 174 Wn.2d 720, 278 P.3d 1100, Real Estate Professional Liability, 2012
  • Chapman v. Black - 49 Wn. App. 94, 741 P.2d 998, Quadriplegia, 1987
  • Kent v. Lee - 52 Wn. App. 576, 762 P.2d 24, Professional Liability, 1988
  • Boggs v. Whitaker, Lipp & Helea, Inc. - P.S., 56 Wn. App. 583, 784 P.2d 1273, Insurance, 1990
  • Nichols v. CNA Ins. Cos. - 57 Wn. App. 397, 788 P.2d 594, Insurance, 1990
  • White v. Kent Medical Center, Inc. - 61 Wn. App. 163, 810 P.2d 4, Professional Liability, 1991
  • Sorenson v. Keith Uddenberg, Inc. - 65 Wn. App. 474, 828 P.2d 650, Premises Liability, 1992
  • McMahan & Baker, Inc. v. Continental Cas. Co. - 68 Wn. App. 573, 843 P.2d 1133, Insurance, 1993
  • Minahan v. W. Wash. Fair Ass'n. - 117 Wa. App. 881, 73 P.3d 1019, Workplace Safety, 2003
  • Zamora v. Mobil Oil Corp. - 104 Wn.2d 211, 704 P.2d 591, Product Liability, 1985
  • Young v. Key Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - 112 Wn.2d 216, 770 P.2d 182, Professional Liability, 1989
  • Merrigan v. Epstein - 112 Wn.2d 709, 773 P.2d 78, Professional Liability, 1989
  • Byrd v. System Transport, Inc. - 124 Wn. App. 196, 99 P.3d 394, Worker's Compensation Bar to Suit, 2004
  • Adler v. Fred Lind Manor - 153 Wn.2d 331, 103 P.3d 773, Employment Contract, Dec. 2004
  • Jackowski v. Borchelt - 151 Wn. App. 1, 209 P.3d 514, Real Estate Professional Liability, 2009

Educational Background:

  • University of Washington, , B.A., Communications, Editorial Journalism, Cum Laude, 1979

Industry Groups

  • Insurance
  • Law
  • Real Estate
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    Office Location for Jeffrey P. Downer

    1800 One Convention Place
    701 Pike Street
    Seattle, WA 98101-3929

    Phone: 206-621-3482

     

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