Jacob M. Downs

direct:   (206) 962-5041

email:    jdowns@corrdowns.com 

 

 

Jake Downs is a founding member of Corr Downs who is rated in the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® magazine.  As a Tacoma native and long time Seattle resident with family on both sides of the mountains, Jake is committed to representing companies and individuals throughout Washington State.  He is a recognized leader in his field with an expansive litigation and dispute resolution practice focusing on employment, business, and consumer issues.   

Jake has extensive experience before regulatory agencies, state and federal courts, and private arbitration. He has obtained favorable jury verdicts for his clients in cases tried in federal and state courts involving fraud, breach of contract, and trade secrets. He has also prevailed in arbitrations involving discrimination, harassment and breach of fiduciary duty.  In addition, Jake counsels and advises on policies and procedures related to equal employment opportunity, Title IX, protection of confidential information, and noncompetition/nonsolicitation agreements.

Jake combines his trial counsel experience with his leadership skills as a Former Captain in the United States Army during which time he deployed to Iraq and Kosovo and was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Ranger Tab and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Professional Experience

  • Lane Powell PC, Shareholder
  • Williams Kastner PLLC, Attorney
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Judicial Extern to the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly
  • Captain, United States Army

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Academics and Accreditations

  • Seattle University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Pacific Lutheran University (B.A.)
  • Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management — Yellow Belt Certification

Publications

  • “Employment Unplugged: The Effects of Mobile Technology on the Employment Relationship,” Puget Sound Business Journal Best Practices for Best Employers™: How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today Special Insert, Co-author (August 22, 2014)
  • “The Revolving Door: Protecting Your Company’s Information Amidst Increased Employee Mobility, Turnover, and Defections,” Puget Sound Business Journal Best Practices for Best Employers™: How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today Special Insert (September 6, 2013)
  • “What to Do When Employees Go Wild,” Puget Sound Business Journal Best Practices for Best Employers™: How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today Special Insert (September 7, 2012)
  • “Are We Adequately Protecting Our Business’ Valuable Information From Improper Disclosure by Current and Former Employees?” Puget Sound Business Journal Litigation and ADR Q&A Column Titled “Ask the Legal Professionals” (March 2011)
  • “Privacy of the Workplace Drug Testing Procedures and Results,” The Joan Fullam Irick Privacy Project: Phase III, International Association of Defense Counsel (2007)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Employment Unplugged: Mobile Technology and the Employment Relationship,” Lake Washington Human Resource Association’s 2015 Symposium, Co-presenter (February 10, 2015)
  • “Employment Unplugged: The Effects of Mobile Technology on All Phases of the Employment Relationship,” Lane Powell’s 32nd Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Seattle, Co-presenter (September 9, 2014)
  • “Trial Practice Tips and Preserving Appeal,” American Bar Association’s 2014 Midyear Meeting (February 7, 2014)
  • “It’s a Brave, New World: How to Protect Your Company’s Most Important Information,” Lane Powell’s 31st Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Seattle, Moderator (September 19, 2013)
  • “Waiver, Over-Dissemination and Internal Investigations: Preserving the Attorney-Client Privilege,” In-house Ethics Seminar for Nordstrom, Inc. (October 2, 2012)
  • “What to Do When Employees Go Wild,” Lane Powell’s 30th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Seattle, Moderator (September 28, 2012)
  • “Cloudy With a Chance of Litigation: Best Practices for Handling Workplace Technology, Privacy and Trade Secret Issues in the Cloud,” Lane Powell’s 29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Seattle (September 20, 2011)
  • “Trial Skills, Techniques and Strategies for the Young Lawyer: Effective Opening and Closing Arguments,” American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division National Conference (May 13, 2011)
  • “The Effective Litigator: Ethics, Experts & E-Discovery: Deposing and Cross-Examining Experts” (December 2008)

Awards

  • Rated as the "Nation's Top One Percent" by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (2015)
  • Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Employment Litigation: Defense (2014)

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, Labor and Employment Committee of Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2012-2014)
    • Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Committee (2012-2013)
    • Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Labor and Employment Committee (2011-2014)
    • Liaison, Young Lawyers Division to Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Council (2010-2012)
    • Member, Section of Litigation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Coach for Queen Anne Little League and Ballard Boys' & Girls' Club Youth Basketball

 

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