Joe Downes focuses his practice on commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. Prior to forming Downes McMahon LLP, Joe practiced at Demeo LLP, where he was a partner, and Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, where he was a senior attorney in the litigation and bankruptcy departments.
Joe has extensive experience representing a broad range of clients—including software companies, banks, insurers, trustees, creditors’ committees, private equity funds, accounting firms, data centers, commercial landlords and tenants, corporate executives, business owners, shareholders, closely-held corporations, condominium associations, restaurant franchises, taxing authorities, manufacturers and distributors—in a variety of litigation and bankruptcy matters. Joe has significant trial experience in commercial litigation matters and has led the prosecution or defense of hundreds of adversary proceedings in bankruptcy. Joe also has extensive experience reviewing and drafting contracts and offering related advice to clients in connection with litigation, bankruptcy, settlement, asset sales and financing transactions.
Joe earned his bachelor’s degree from Providence College in 1994, and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002, where he served as a contributing editor for the Journal of Law Reform.
Joe is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Joe is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Joe has been selected by his peers as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer for 2013-2022.