Christopher J. Downey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston, TX

The Downey Law Firm
 | 2814 Hamilton St, Houston, TX 77004
Phone: 713-651-0400
Fax: 713-395-1311
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Christopher J. Downey is the founder of The Downey Law Firm in Houston, Texas. Board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and possessing more than 25 years of successful trial experience, Mr. Downey represents the rights and liberties of clients throughout the greater Houston metro region and surrounding areas. He has extensive experience defending those who face serious criminal charges, including DUI/DWI, federal crimes, sex offenses, drug crimes, theft, and other felonies and misdemeanors.

    A former felony prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, Mr. Downey has invaluable insight into the criminal justice system from both sides, and he holds the distinction of never having had a conviction he helped secure, overturned on appeal. This fact lends testament to his outstanding ability to prepare for trial and present the most compelling case possible.

    In 1998, he entered private practice, focusing on criminal defense, and since that time, he has achieved a long record of dismissals, charge reductions and not-guilty verdicts for his clients. Regarded as one of the leading trial advocates in the country, Mr. Downey has received many awards and honors from his peers, including designation from H Texas Magazine as one of Houston's Top Lawyers from 2009 to 2011 and then again in 2013 and 2014. He also holds Superb client ratings on AVVO.

    A 1990 graduate of Duke University, Mr. Downey obtained his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law in 1993. The State Bar of Texas admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

    Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Downey has numerous publications to his credit, and he conducts lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He also served as an instructor with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's DWI "Top Gun" school as well as for the State Bar of Texas' Annual Advanced Criminal Law seminar.

    Fully committed to his practice, he is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National College of DUI Defense, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas, among his other professional affiliations.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Law - Federal


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    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021

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    About Christopher Downey

    Admitted: 1993, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Selected to serve as one of a small group of students to compete on behalf of Southern Methodist in national events as a member of the American Trial Lawyer's Association (ATLA) Mock Trial Team, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
    • Top Lawyer in Houston
    • One of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • Texas Super Lawyer

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2004

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Federal Courts of the Southern District of Texas
    • Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
    • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Former Member, Texas District and County Attorney's Association
    • Texas
    • Member, Criminal Justice Section State Bar of Texas, 1999

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member, National College for DUI Defense

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, Texas DWI Top Gun Seminar, DWI Voir Dire: How to Pick A Skeptical Jury in A Short Amount of Time, 2008
    • Instructor, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Top Gun DWI Program
    • Instructor, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar 
    • Speaker, State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Subpoenaing Big Brother: Where to Discover Unusual Electronic Evidence, 2008
    • Speaker, State Bar Of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Subpoenaing Big Brother:Discovering Unusual Scientific Evidence, 2007
    • Speaker, 19th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Short Course, A Trial Lawyer's Guide to Preserving Error, 2006
    • Speaker, The Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Annual Prairie Dog Seminar, A Trial Lawyer's Guide to Preserving Error, 2006
    • Speaker, Preserving Error, 41st Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar State Bar Of Texas, 2015
    • Author, Instructing the Jury, 39th Annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, 2013
    • Speaker and Author, Voir Dire: Cutting The Bum Cards, Lewis Dickson & Christopher Downey, TCDLA Rusty Duncan Seminar, 2014
    • Speaker, Preserving Error During Trial, 40th Annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, 2014
    • Speaker & Author, "Instructing the Jury", State Bar Of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, 2017

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Co-Director, Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory Serology Investigation Panel, 2007

    Educational Background:

    • B.A., Duke University, 1990
    • Noble and Greenough School
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    Office Location for Christopher J. Downey

    2814 Hamilton St
    Houston, TX 77004

    Phone: 713-651-0400

    Fax: 713-395-1311

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    Last Updated: 4/15/2021

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