R. Scott Downing

R. Scott Downing

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP
 | 5950 Sherry Lane, Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75225
Phone: 214-273-2400
Fax: 214-273-2470
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

A partner at Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, Scott Downing is one of the leading Family Law trial attorneys in the Southwest. He provides extensive experience for clients in divorce proceedings involving high-dollar property and custody disputes. Comfortable in front of judges and juries, Downing also recognizes that not all cases have to go to trial and he has successfully guided many clients through non-adversarial divorce proceedings called collaborative law.

Downing is deeply involved in Family Law issues, and served as Chairman of the District 1A Grievance Committee. His articles have been published by the State Bar of Texas, The Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. His article "Property Puzzles: Characterization, Tracing, 25 Rules and More" earned honors as the Best Family Law CLE article in 2006. 

Downing has been honored in the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since the inaugural 2003 listing, and has been recognized among the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007. In 2017, he was the only North Texas attorney recognized on The National Law Journal’s Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazers list.

About Scott Downing

Admitted: 1992, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.ondafamilylaw.com/attorney/scott-downing/

Honors and Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2007-2018
  • Recognized as a Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazer, NLJ, 2017
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2017
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • The Honorary Serjeant’s Inn award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Inns of Court
  • Best Family Law CLE Article, "Property Puzzles: Characterization, Tracing, 25 Rules and More," 2006
  • Named to the list of 500 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas/Fort Worth by D CEO Magazine, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, Family Law, D Magazine, 2014 and 2016
  • AV®Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation; Director, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists; Member, State Bar of Texas Family Law Council; Barrister, Annette Stewart American Inn of Court; Member, State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Institute; Member, Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section; Member, College of State Bar of Texas; Member, American Bar Association; Advisory Board Member, James Publishing Inc., "Texas Family Law Evidence.”

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Keeping Your Business Together, Cleaner, January 2016
  • A Hush-Hush Half-Billion-Dollar Divorce Goes Public, Houston Chronicle, October 16, 2016
  • How to Manage a High-Stakes Divorce, Texas Lawyer, February 2017
  • Scott has written extensively for national and statewide publications on various Family Law topics, including complex characteristic issues, advanced evidence matters, attorney ad litem practice, jurisdictional conflicts, trial presentation and hidden asset cases in preparation for temporary hearings. He also routinely speaks before groups including the Advanced Family Law Course and Marriage Dissolution Course to address Family Law and evidentiary topics. Scott’s articles have been published by the State Bar of Texas, The Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. His article “Property Puzzles: Characterization, Tracing, 25 Rules and More” earned honors as the Best Family Law CLE article in 2006.

Representative Clients:

  • Due to the nature of Family Law, clients are kept confidential.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • In 2017, Downing was recognized by The National Law Journal among the Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazers. He was the only North Texas attorney named to NLJ's list.
  • Scott served as director of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section’s Family Law Essentials course in 2006 and 2007, and as Co-Director of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Course in 2007. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and as Chairman of the District 1A Grievance Committee. He also was selected to serve as the Director of the 2009 Marriage Dissolution Course.

Educational Background:

  • During law school, he earned American Jurisprudence Awards in contracts and civil trial advocacy in addition to serving as Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review.
  • University of Houston, J.D., 1991
  • University of Texas at Austin, BA, 1988

Industry Groups

  • Trial Practice
Office Location for R. Scott Downing

5950 Sherry Lane
Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75225

 

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Last Updated: 5/1/2018

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