Edward Downey

Top rated Estate & Trust Litigation attorney in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Downey | McElroy PA
Edward Downey
Downey | McElroy PA

Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1984

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Downey | McElroy PA

3501 PGA Blvd.
Suite 201
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Visit website


Attorney Edward Downey is a co-founder of the Downey | McElroy law firm in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Serving clients throughout Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas, Mr. Downey focuses his practice primarily on estate planning, probate and estate administration. A highly rated attorney with over 33 years of legal experience, Mr. Downey delivers the personalized attention his clients deserve in order to help them establish and enforce their final wishes for the future.

Certified by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization in wills, trusts and estates, and active in a number of professional legal organizations devoted to estate planning, Mr. Downey remains at the forefront of his profession, enabling him to provide the solid advice and customized solutions his clients deserve.

A 1981 graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Downey returned to his alma mater and attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he continues to serve on the school's board of trustees. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1984, and The Florida Bar admitted him to practice that same year.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Downey served as chairman of the probate litigation committee for the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law section of The Florida Bar, and is former president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. He was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and he serves the organization as chairman of the ethics/malpractice subcommittee.

Recognized as a leader in estate planning and probate law, he writes extensively and regularly conducts lectures across his region and around the country on a variety of legal topics related to these legal areas. In addition to his legal practice, he gives back to his local community through his involvement with various civic, charitable and faith-based organizations, and he holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Will Contests, Wills

  • 80% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 1984

Professional Webpage: http://www.downeymcelroy.com/attorneys/edward-downey/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board of Directors of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Palm Beach
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fiduciary Litigation Committee (Chairman of the Ethics/Malpractice Sub-committee).
  • Past Chairman of the Probate Litigation Committee of the Florida Bar’s Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Board of Trustees of the University of Florida College of Law
  • Past President, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1999 and 2000
  • Leadership Palm Beach County
  • Florida Bar.
  • Member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (serving as chairman of the commission)
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates (by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization in Education)
  • AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers for Estate and Trust Litigation
Educational Background:
  • University of Florida, Degree in finance, 1981

Office location for Edward Downey

3501 PGA Blvd.
Suite 201
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Phone: 800-301-8757


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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