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Christopher J. Downey In the News

Mr. Downey, one of Houston's top defense attorneys, is a frequent lecturer to civic and legal associations on a variety of legal issues.

Look for Mr. Downey as a guest legal commentator for Court TV, as well as MSNBC's The Abrams Report with Dan Abrams andCatherine Crier Live.


February 28, 2014 Houston Bar Association

2014 Speech

Title: “Instructing the Jury”


January 2014
Harris County Public Defender’s Speaker Series
2014 Speech
Title: “Picking a Skeptical Jury”


October 2013
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (TCDLA) in Houston, Texas
2013 Speech
Title: “Picking a Skeptical Jury”


July 2013
Appearance on KPRC Channel 2 on “Newsmakers” with Khambrel Marshall
2013 Speech
The George Zimmerman verdict


July 2013
State Bar of Texas at the Advanced Criminal Law Seminar in Dallas, Texas
2013 Speech
Title: “Instructing the Jury”


May 2013
Harris County Criminal Lawyer’s Association
2013 Speech
Title: “Instructing the Jury”


October 2012
Harris County Criminal Lawyer’s Association
2012 Seminar
Topic: “An Introduction to the State bar of Texas Jury Instructions”


July 2012
State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course
2012 Seminar
Topic: “Instructing the Jury”


April 2012
Harris County Public Defender Speaker Series
2012 Seminar
Topic: “Pretrial Preparation in Complex Cases”


December 2011
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Presents: Voir Dire From the Masters
2011 Seminar and Demonstration
Topic: Voir Dire in Felony Assault Cases


July 2010
State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course
2010 Seminar
Topic: “Caution: Jury Charges Ahead”


March 2010
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association: DWI Top Gun Seminar
2010 Seminar
Topic: Pretrial Preparation and Discovery of Unusual Information


June 15-17, 2006
The 19th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Short Course
2006 Seminar
Topic: “A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Preserving Error”


January 6-7, 2006
The Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Lubbock,Texas 2006 Seminar
Topic: “A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Preserving Error”


August 19, 2005
MSNBC: Panel Discussion on Connected Coast to Coast with Ron Reagan
The Vioxx Verdict


June 2, 2005
MSNBC: Panel Discussion with Lisa Daniels
California v. Michael Jackson


May 17, 2005
The Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law sponsored by The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Houston,Texas 2005 Seminar
Topic: “Subpoenaing Big Brother: Where to Find Evidence in Places You Didn’t Know Existed”


January 7-8, 2005
The Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Lubbock,Texas 2005 Seminar
Topic: “A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Preserving Error”


January 6, 2005
MSNBC: Panel Discussion
Texas v. Andrea Yates: Reversed on Appeal


May 5, 2004
The El Paso Public Defenders Association
El Paso,Texas 2004 Seminar
Topic: “A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Preserving Error”


March 5, 2004
MSNBC: The Abrams Report with Dan Abrams
Andrea Yates and Deanna Laney: A Comparison of Insanity Verdicts


February 27, 2004
Court TV: Catherine Crier Live
Texas v. Susan Wright: Prosecution Trial Tactics


November 12, 2003
MSNBC: Panel Discussion
California v. Scott Peterson; Texas v. Robert Durst


September 13, 2003
MSNBC: Right Now
Colorado v. Kobe Bryant; California v. Scott Peterson; Connecticut v. Michael Skakel


May 5, 2003
Court TV: Catherine Crier Live
Texas v. Deanna Laney: The Insanity Defense


February 12, 2003
MSNBC: The Abrams Report with Dan Abrams
Texas v. Clara Harris; Jury Deliberation


February 11, 2003
MSNBC: The Abrams Report with Dan Abrams
Texas v. Clara Harris; Final Argument


February 7, 2003
MSNBC: The Abrams Report with Dan Abrams
Texas v. Clara Harris; Guilt/Innocence


February 5, 2003
COURT TV: Catherine Crier Live
Texas v. Clara Harris; Guilt/Innocence


January 31, 2003
COURT TV: Catherine Crier Live
Texas v. Clara Harris; Guilt/Innocence


January 29, 2003
MSNBC: The Abrams Report with Dan Abrams
Texas v. Clara Harris; Guilt/Innocence

Professional Memberships
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section
  • National College of DUI Defense
Professional Positions
  • Instructor, DWI "Top Gun" School , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Faculty, State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

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

  • Author, Instructing the Jury, 2012 State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Author, Subpoenaing Big Brother, 2010 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Author, Picking a Skeptical Jury in A Short Amount of Time, 2008 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Former Felony Prosecutor, Harris County District Attorney's Office

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Address: The Downey Building, 2814 Hamilton Street, Houston, Texas 77004


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