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Walter J. Downes Lawyer Profile

Bar Associations

Ionia/Montcalm Bar Association
January 1986 - Present
Past President 2010-2011
Active and in good standing

Employment History

General Solo Practice
May 1992 - Present Downes Law Offices, PLLC
General Law Practice in Ionia, MI
Attorney
November 1990 - May 1992 Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Foster, PC - Lansing, MI
Commercial litigation; Insurance defense; Criminal Defense; Probate & Estates
Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 8/1988-10/1990
January 1986 - October 1990 Ionia County Prosecutor's Office
Criminal prosecutions
Assistant City Attorney
September 1985 - January 1986 City of Troy - City Attorney Office
Criminal Prosecutions in City of Troy's three District Courts
Intern
January 1985 - May 1985 Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
Handled Preliminary Examinations in Recorders' Court, Detroit
PAAM Intern
May 1984 - August 1984 Menominee County Prosecutor's Office
Criminal Prosecutions in District and Circuit Courts; Probate and Juvenile hearings
Law Clerk
August 1983 - May 1984 Milan Miller Berger Brody & Miller PC
Law clerk at Personal Injury law firm, Detroit, MI

Education

Wayne State University Law School
Year Graduated: 1985
JD Law
Michigan State University
Year Graduated: 1982
Bachelors Criminal Justice/James Madison College

Bar Associations

Ionia/Montcalm Bar Association
January 1986 - Present
Past President 2010-2011

Courts Practiced

January 1986 - Present 8th Circuit - Ionia and Montcalm Counties
January 1986 - Present US District Court - Western District of Michigan
November 1985 - Present US District Court - Eastern District of Michigan

Other Experiences

Faculty - Montcalm Community College
Adjunct Criminal Justice faculty 1989-1993
Faculty - University of Phoenix - West Michigan Campus
Area Chair for College of Criminal Justice and Security - 2005-present
Faculty - Davenport University
Adjunct Faculty - Legal Studies 2014-present

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