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Michael J. Downey

Michael J. Downey

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Mike Downey is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution associate in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate practice. He has experience briefing a wide variety of issues and motions in both state and federal courts, including:

  • A number of successful appellee briefs and motions to dismiss in appeals related to residential mortgage foreclosures involving claims that a bank’s mortgage servicing practices violated various federal and Illinois state consumer protection statutes;
  • A successful opposition to a motion to show cause against a national bank brought by a third-party in a federal regulatory consent action;
  • A number of motions to dismiss negligence and fraud claims in federal and state courts arising from a widely-publicized environmental tort litigation;
  • A motion to dismiss FDCPA and other claims against a client bank arising out of its mortgage servicing practices, resulting in a settlement favorable to the client bank and a stipulated dismissal; and
  • A number of successful motions to compel the production of documents in a federal interpleader action arising out of the settlement of a civil RICO action.

Mike briefed and argued McGhee v. Watson, No. 15-3881 (7th Cir.), a habeas corpus appeal challenging a client’s Illinois state murder conviction pro bono. Mike has also contributed to amicus briefs and petitions for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, on topics including labor and benefits and the availability of a habeas corpus remedy under the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2015, Mike clerked for Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and for Judge Milton I. Shadur of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mike received his JD, magna cum laude, from the Northwestern University School of Law. During law school, he served as the Colloquy Articles Editor for the Northwestern University Law Review, worked in the law school’s US Supreme Court Clinic, and received the Arlyn Miner Book Award for excellence in persuasive writing. Mike also received his BA from Northwestern University, where he majored in Astrophysics and Philosophy.

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