Colin M. Downes

(202) 734-7383

Colin M. Downes is an associate with the firm who focuses his practice on defending the rights and benefits of workers and retirees. His experience includes cases brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) involving employee stock ownership plans, excessive 401k and 403b fees, pension plan underfunding, and the ERISA obligations of religiously affiliated nonprofits. He has also provided pro bono representation to indigent clients in contested asylum and child custody matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Colin practiced as an associate with Groom Law Group (an employer-side employment benefits boutique) and with the international law firm Clifford Chance. Colin served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review while in law school.

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Appointing Chapter 11 Trustees in Reorganizations of Religious Institutions, 101 Va. L. Rev. 2225 (2015)

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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Massachusetts, B.A. (Philosophy)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York