Thomas Patrick Downs received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1977. He graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1981. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland in the fall of that year, and in early 1982 was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Downs served as law clerk to the Honorable Arthur M. Ahalt, Judge for the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County, Maryland. Thereafter, since 1983, he has actively participated in the private practice of law, initially handling a range of civil cases, including domestic relations, personal injury, estates and guardianship cases.

Mr. Downs has served as the Chair of the Prince George’s County Bar Association Committee for Estates and Trusts. In the past, he has served as Chairman of the Maryland Bar Association Public Service Committee for Young Lawyers and as Co-Chairman of his local County Bar Association’s Family Law Committee.

Thomas Downs has limited his practice to Estate Planning, Elder Law and Administration, as attorney and owner of the Downs Law Firm P.C., located on Main Street in Laurel, Maryland. The firm is dedicated to helping families plan effectively for incapacity and death and assisting with protection and management of assets. He is a noted speaker on issues related to estate planning and special needs planning and has spoken at both public and private seminars throughout the area since 1995.

In addition to his normal caseload, Mr. Downs has been requested on many occasions to serve as Court appointed Trustee, to manage assets on behalf of the Court and act as guardian for individuals needing assistance. He has lectured for both the State and County Bar Associations on matters involving trusts and trustee responsibilities. He is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, the Prince George’s County Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. He is a member of both WealthCounsel and Eldercounsel, two national networks of estate planning and elder law attorneys, dedication to providing support to attorneys serving clients in these areas of the law.

Mr. Downs currently resides in Laurel, Maryland with his wife, Margie Lazzati Downs, and has three children, Patrick, Lauren and Joseph Downs. He is a parishioner of St. Mary of the Mills Church, and he strives to incorporate his Catholic, Christian faith in his daily law practice. He has formerly served as Chairman on the Board of Directors at St. Vincent Pallotti High School.