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Richard L. Downey

Richard L. Downey

Sole Practitioner
Fairfax, Virginia
866-491-8319 (Toll Free)

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Wills / Trusts / Estates
  • Small Business
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, NBTA, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia
    • B.A. - 1970
    • Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2006 - Present
  • Best Attorneys of America (Rue Ratings)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Super Lawyer for Virginia, 2009 - Present
  • Super Lawyer for Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, 2011 - Present
  • Top Attorneys in Virginia - Richmond Magazine
  • Top Attorneys in Washington DC Metropolitan Area - Washington Magazine
  • Selected as a Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award By the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPI)
  • Selected as the Nation's Top One Percent by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Member
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Member
  • Christian Legal Society, Member
  • National Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Brigadier General, Virginia National Guard (Ret.)


  • English


  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon