Christopher Downey

Christopher Downey

(713) 651-0400


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • Juris Doctor – 1993
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Public Policy
    • Major: English
  • Noble & Greenough School, Dedham, Massachusetts

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas


  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
  • Top Lawyer in Houston, H Texas Magazine
  • Rated 10.0 by AVVO

Classes & Seminars

  • Faculty, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
  • Instructor, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, Top Gun DWI Program
  • Faculty, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association “Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Seminar”
  • Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • Lecturer, South Texas School of Law
  • Lecturer, Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Published Works

  • “Instructing The Jury” –  State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
  • “Subpoenaing Big Brother” – State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
  • “Picking a Skeptical Jury in a Short Amount of Time” 2024 TCDLA Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal  Law Seminar
  • “Case Law For the Trial Briefcase” – 2023 State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
  • “Preserving Error” – State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Seminar
  • “Directing the Action” – Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section, Member
  • Texas State Bar Foundation, Lifetime Member
  • State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, Member

Past Positions

  • Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory Serology Investigation Panel, Co-Chairman
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Former Felony Prosecutor