Elizabeth A. Downey received her B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1981, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984.
She spent 1984-1991 at Denenberg, Tuffley, Bocan, Jamieson, Black, Hopkins & Ewald, where she rose to partnership. At Denenberg, she handled commercial cases involving product liability, negligence, common carrier liability, and breaches of contract. She also handled subrogation and fraud cases.
Beginning in 1987, she became involved in insurance coverage litigation for environmental liabilities (primarily CERCLA and RCRA). She was part of a team that coordinated nationwide litigation for a group of environmental insurance reinsurers and retrocessionaires. She continued environmental insurance coverage work at Kitch, Saurbier, Drutchas, Wagner & Kenny, P.C. in 1992. During this time, and through the 1990s, Ms. Downey was active in the Oakland County Bar Association Environmental Committee and the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Section.
Beginning in 1993 and through the present, Ms. Downey has practiced in her own firm, either with partners or as a sole practitioner. She has represented individuals and small businesses in a range of litigation including breach of contract, dissolutions of partnerships, negligence, fraud, civil rights, and ordinance and zoning litigation. Some of this has resulted in Ms. Downey winning appeals reported in published cases, such as Feller v Township of West Bloomfield, 767 F.Supp.2d 769 (2011)(4th Amendment issue), Jacob v. Township of West Bloomfield , 531 F.3d 385 (6th Cir. 2008)(4th Amendment issue) and Habich v. City of Dearborn, 331 F.3d 524 (6th Cir. 2003)(abstention and other civil procedure issues).
It was not until 2004 that Ms. Downey began offering her services to other law firms as an on-call litigator. Since then, she has worked with other litigators on insurance coverage matters, contractor disputes, constitutional issues, real estate matters, negligence claims, and contract litigation.
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