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Christopher Downes

NY Personal Injury Lawyer Christopher Downes

Mr. Downes joined O’Dwyer & Bernstien in 1982 and became a Partner in 2000. In his early years, Mr. Downes had the fortune to come under the mentorship of the Firm’s senior trial attorney, Frank Durkan, whose unrivaled abilities and successes as a trial attorney, especially in the area of construction site accident cases, resulted in some of the largest verdicts and settlements in New York at the time. Now an experienced trial lawyer in his own right with a concentration in construction site cases, Mr. Downes carries forward Mr. Durkan’s teachings of hard work, fairness, and fierce dedication to his clients’ interests. He has successfully tried numerous personal injury cases to verdict in state and federal courts, obtaining outstanding compensatory damage and other awards for his clients. Mr. Downes has shown remarkable success for his clients across a broad range of cases, including products liability (defective radial arm saw), civil rights (assault and battery of a Ground Zero worker by government officials), premises liability, and construction accidents, to name but a few of the many kinds of cases he has successfully litigated.

In addition to his success as a trial lawyer, Mr. Downes is equally successful in obtaining excellent outcomes for his clients in alternate dispute resolution, where the combination of his trial experience, negotiating skills, and attention to his clients’ interests result in excellent recoveries for his many clients.

Mr. Downes devotes himself to numerous community activities and philanthropic causes. Mr. Downes is Chairman of his town zoning board of appeals, and is active in other community causes. A longtime volunteer working with organizations that promote activities and opportunities for children with disabilities, for many years he has served as a coach in Challenger Baseball and Basketball programs, Mr. Downes is one of the founders of a charitable event that provides money for therapeutic programs for disabled children.


“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”