John R. Downey

John R. Downey: Attorney with Rome McGuigan, P.C. AV stamp icon
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Ancillary Businesses

•Mediation, Arbitration, Mini Trials, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Past Employment Positions

•Judicial Branch, State of Connecticut, Judge, 2001 - 2009
•Rome McGuigan Sabanosh, P.C., Partner, 1992 - 2001
•Union Carbide Chemical and Plastics Company, Inc, Litigation Counsel and Food & Drug Counsel, 1989 - 1992
•Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Counsel, 1985 - 1989
•Regnier Taylor Curran and Lagenbach, Associate, 1979 - 1985

Pro Bono Activities

•Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Board Member & Vice President, 2013 - Present
•St. Patrick's Church, Trustee, Redding, CT
•Hispanic Center, ESL Instructor, Danbury, CT, 2007
•University of Connecticut Board of Trustees, Member, 1995 - 2001
•Town of Redding, Planning Commission, Redding CT, 1987 - 1995
•Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scoutmaster, Redding, 1990-1994


•Alternative Dispute Resolution 101: ADR Basics for Beginners and Those Unfamiliar with ADR, Fairfield County Bar Association, 2017
•View from the Bench: Mediation, Ethics, Skills and Practical Considerations for Counsel, Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, 2012
•Drafting and Implementing Modern ADR Clauses, Connecticut Bar Association, 2011
•Toxic Tort and Environmental Updates, American Law Firm Association, March 31, 1991
•Connecticut Evidence, Professional Educational Systems, 1989

Published Works

•Commentary to the Code of Evidence, Connecticut Rules of Court, Thomson Publishing Company, 2000-2017
•Connecticut Trial Lawyers Guide to Evidence in State and Federal Court, West Publishing, 1983-1999
•Saving and Recovering Money for Your Company Through the Second Injury Fund, The Corporate Bar News, Fall, 1992
•The Practical Effects of Tort Reform on Medical Malpractice, Non-Profit Organization, Immunity & Dram Shop, Connecticut Bar Journal, October, 1988
•A Proposal for Legislating Employee Drug Testing with Heike Martin, Connecticut Law Tribune, March 30th, 1987


•Zeta Psi

(Also at Stamford Office)

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Mini Trials
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
860-956-5227  Phone
860-493-3432  Phone
860-724-3921  Fax
University Attended:
University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, Masters, Major: International Studies, 1975; University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, B.A., Major: Political Science, 1972
Law School Attended:
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, J.D., 1977; Thesis - The Panama Canal Controversy, 1964-1974
Year of First Admission:
1978, U.S. District Court District of Connecticut; 1978, Connecticut; 1978, South Carolina
Professional Associations and Memberships
Connecticut Bar Association, ADR Committee
Fairfield County Bar Association, Member
Birth Information:
San Francisco, California, December 18, 1950

Peer Reviews

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