About Thomas Downie

After completing undergraduate studies at Penn State University, I earned his law degree, cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In my senior year I was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review.

I’ve been a defense lawyer and a plaintiff’s lawyer in roughly equal parts. As plaintiff’s counsel, I’ve helped employees and families dealing with catastrophic injuries from dangerous machines and conditions, clients and class members injured by unpaid wages and pension benefits, and victims of employment discrimination, defective products, and consumer fraud. As a defense lawyer, I’ve represented businesses and individuals in contract cases, real estate disputes, insurance coverage questions, employment discrimination cases, and litigation involving trade secrets and copyrights.

Pro Bono Representation

Over the years, I’ve devoted time to pro bono representation and civil rights cases. A landmark case before the Ohio Supreme Court involved a blind woman seeking admission to medical school. A federal court trial involved Muslim inmates at a state prison who were unable to practice the tenets of their religion. In a third case, I represented a concentration camp survivor in litigation that preserved his right to publish his parents’ memoirs and diaries of the holocaust.

Publications and Seminars

In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review, I authored Common Fund Awards in Statutory Fee Cases, 18 Class Action Reports 83 (1995), and currently author the blog for laywers, ThePlaintiffsLitigator.com. I’ve been a popular speaker on seminar topics involving cross-examination, federal jurisdiction, and other aspects of civil litigation.

Admission to Practice

I’m admitted to practice in the State of Ohio and various federal courts. I frequently practice in other state and federal jurisdictions with permission of the courts.