Downey Brand LLP.

Downey Brand LLP.

4 Star Rating     1 review 
Main Office:

621 Capitol Mall, 18th Floor | Sacramento | CA | 95814

Phone: 916-444-1000 | Fax: 916-444-2100

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Year of establishment 1926 Number of partners 59
Number of offices 4 Partner to associate ratio 1.00
Biggest office Sacramento Percentage of women attorneys 33.50
Number of attorneys 133 Percentage of minority attorneys 7.50
Number of associates 57 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.80
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Downey Brand LLP. Reviews

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Weed out the people slacking. Your other employers will be happier when they don

Pros: The pay was above what I expected starting out in my career. I was able to work on a variety of projects and stayed busy.

Cons: They don't see the effort one puts forth as an individual. One of the individuals on my team was a real slacker, but he got just as much recognition on the project as the rest of us who were putting in a couple extra hours.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Clients turn to Downey Brand for efficient and practical legal advice. We have built a reputation of understanding the industries and businesses of our clients and working with them to advance their business goals. Founded in California’s capital city of Sacramento, Downey Brand is strategically positioned to serve clients in business, natural resources and litigation matters throughout California, Northern Nevada and beyond. As a preeminent full-service law firm, we offer counsel in more than 30 areas of civil practice including water, agriculture, corporate, civil litigation, business planning, intellectual property, bankruptcy, employment, construction, real estate, trusts and estates and family law. We focus on providing these services to public corporations, governmental entities, privately held companies, family-owned businesses and individuals. Our clients’ industries are as vast and diverse as our region – financial institutions, agricultural producers, forest products, retail, construction, real estate, public agencies and non-profit organizations. Like most businesses, only half of the picture is found in the description of our firm. The other half of the picture can be found in the individual attorneys who comprise our firm and the role they play in the community. Our heritage of community involvement started more than 50 years ago with our assistance in the formation of Legal Services of Northern California. This commitment continues today with our attorneys’ participation in our active pro bono program helping many charities and disadvantaged individuals. In addition, we are fortunate to have numerous civic-minded clients who we work with to enrich our communities. Our attorneys serve on over 30 charitable boards throughout our region supporting such causes as animal welfare, food banks, women’s shelters, hospice services, theatre groups, as well as our thriving local art museum. For more than 80 years, our success has derived from earning the trust of our clients. Many of these relationships have spanned decades, which is a testament to our legal skills, our responsiveness and our ability to understand our clients’ goals. We intend to perpetuate this legacy by continuing to provide practical advice that allows our clients to advance their interests.

Practice Areas

Downey Brand LLP. practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Appellate & Writ Practice
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Ceqa
  • Nepa
  • Class Action Defense
  • Climate Change & Sustainability
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Law
  • Disability Access
  • Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
  • Eminent Domain & Inverse Condemnation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Endangered Species
  • Environmental Enforcement Defense
  • Environmental Remediation & Due Diligence
  • Environmental
  • Toxics Litigation
  • Equine Law
  • Family Law
  • Financial Institutions
  • Flood Protection Law
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Food Safety
  • Higher Education
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property & Licensing
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Land Use
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Privacy & Data Integrity
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Real Property & Land Use Litigation
  • Regulatory Law And Business Permitting
  • Taxation
  • Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Water Law
  • Water Quality Law
  • Water Rights Litigation
  • Wealth Transfer
  • Business
  • Litigation
  • Natural Resources

Hiring Criteria

Downey Brand LLP. follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

We seek students who have distinguished academic records and exceptional research and writing skills. Also considered are extra-curricular activities (moot court, Law Review) and previous work experience.

Pro bono

Downey Brand has a long tradition of public service that includes a robust pro bono program. Many of our lawyers participate in pro bono activities each year.

The Firm looks to the ABA Model Rule 6.1 guidelines that encourage attorneys to perform at least 50 hours annually of (a) free or substantially reduced-rate legal work for nonprofit organizations or persons of limited means, or (b) volunteer work for organizations improving the legal system or access to justice. We see pro bono work as a way to serve the community while also providing our attorneys and staff with training opportunities.

We have limited resources and do not accept all requests for pro bono assistance. We generally do not handle criminal law, family law, residential foreclosure or consumer bankruptcy matters on a pro bono basis.

Downey Brand LLP. Awards and Recognitions

California Bar Foundation Selects Downey Brand Diversity Scholar for 2015

Summer associate program

Our summer program is an exceptional opportunity to elevate your legal skills by doing challenging work for real clients alongside experienced attorneys who are passionate about their practice. Because the vast majority of our summer associates return to the firm as practice-ready first year associates, we are dedicated to helping you reach as far as your talent and initiative will take you. We also value the experience of clerkships and allow for summer associates to defer starting at Downey Brand as first year associates pending completion of a clerkship. Upon joining the firm, bonus compensation for eligible clerkships and appropriate progression credit are provided.

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