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Coconut Grove, FL

Craig T. Downs

Founder | The Downs Law Group

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Based in Coconut Grove, Florida, Craig T. Downs is a celebrated personal injury attorney with a concentration in the areas of mass tort, class action lawsuits, maritime law, and insurance claims, as well as general commercial litigation. Over the course of his nearly thirty-year career, Mr. Downs has cultivated a reputation as an aggressive litigator who will stop at nothing to protect his clients’ rights. For his continued achievements—including a 100 percent success rate in Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill claims—he has been awarded an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Looking back, Mr. Downs has always wanted to be an advocate. When asked what drew him to the area of mass tort claims, he stated that he felt it was the best way to put a check on the industries that often take advantage of consumers:

Mass torts, in particular, affect a large number of individuals and can make changes in industries that are wrongfully hurting people or the environment. For the sake of profits, corporations will often put something on the market that has not been thoroughly tested. So I see us almost like a fourth branch of the government in that we can make the negligent party correct their wrongdoings and effectively regulate them for the benefit of consumers.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Downs has successfully litigated some of the largest personal injury and mass tort cases in Florida, including a $14 million settlement against North Broward Hospital District. For the victory, he was awarded the Most Effective Lawyer’s Award for Medical Malpractice/Class Action by the Daily Business Review. Today, Mr. Downs continues to represent the "little guy" against corporations, aggressively fighting for the rights of victims. He is also experienced in complex commercial cases, including financial disputes and class actions.

As a Florida native, Mr. Downs is intimately familiar with the problems facing individuals living on the Gulf Coast after the 2010 BP oil spill and strives to help them through legal action. An admitted Pro-Hac Vice of the Eastern District of Louisiana, he has been a leader in the BP medical class action since its inception and currently represents over 2,000 victims, including recovery personnel, residents, and others whose health or property has been affected by the spill.​

After more than two and a half decades of successful practice behind him, Mr. Downs shows no signs of slowing down. Looking ahead, he plans to continue making a difference through mass tort claims and giving a voice to those who may not have one of their own. Outside of his law practice, Mr. Downs enjoys spending time outdoors, boating, fishing, and camping.

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Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Admitted Pro-Hac Vice, Eastern District of Louisiana

Areas of Practice

  • Personal injury
  • Personal injury protection (PIP) litigation
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Crew members
  • Insurance litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Class actions
  • Maritime law

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Coral Gables Bar Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Admiralty Law Institute
  • Florida Admiralty Law Institute
  • Florida Justice Association 
  • Sierra Club, Past Member

Education

  • St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D., 1988)
  • Florida State University (B.A., English Literature & Political Science, Minor: Macro Economics, 1983)

Awards & Honors

  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated – Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Most Effective Lawyer’s Award for Medical Malpractice/Class Action – 11th Annual Daily Business Review (2015)
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