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We’ve always looked fondly on the phrase “Attorney and Counselor at Law.” Although that’s not a designation often seen anymore, we especially identify with the lawyer’s role as “counselor.”
Meet Your Attorney
William Downs, Esquire
The law can be confusing and complex. Prior to law school, I was fairly naive about what exactly were my “legal rights.” I remember drafting a letter to a business in my first year of law school accusing the business of violating my Constitutional rights (fortunately, I was later straightened out by my Constitutional Law class that only the state or federal government can violate such rights).
In my practice, I try to remember the confusion that often surrounds the law. My aim is to help counsel clients through the law’s sometimes unfamiliar territory. In my experience, this was difficult to accomplish in a larger firm setting. I started Downs Law, LLC in order to offer clients quality legal services in a more personal and cost-effective manner.
Beyond my dedication to traditional clients, I am also committed to volunteering my time through pro bono legal work. In 2008, I participated in the habeas trial of an inmate on Georgia’s death row. The trial was our client’s last hope of avoiding the death penalty for a crime he was mentally incapable of committing.
Over the next several years, I represented several Georgia non-profit environmental organizations in filing amicus briefs to stop permitting of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Georgia. I emphasized the significant impact of the plant’s emission of carbon dioxide. Ultimately, after a ten year battle, permits for the proposed plant were withdrawn. I also served as an attorney coach for the South Atlanta High School mock trial team in their inaugural season. It was a true joy to help the students develop their advocacy skills, and to watch them grow in their self-confidence.
I am originally from West Point, Georgia and after completing a journalism degree from The University of Georgia and working at CNN/Sports Illustrated, I decided to switch gears and move to Nashville, Tennessee to attend law school at Vanderbilt University. I am happily married to my wife, Jennifer, with whom I have two beautiful and very energetic children, Dexter and Betty.
Meet Our Assistant
Cindy Borden Mercer has almost 30 years of experience in office administration and has held positions in a number of busy medical practices. Cindy is highly organized and is known for her decisive problem-solving skills and cheerful disposition. She is the proud mother of three children and seven grandchildren. A native Georgian, she has lived up and down the East Coast, as her father was a Marine. She has been an Atlanta resident for 18 years. She is active in her community and is passionate about helping others.
Will negotiated a settlement on my behalf that exceeded my expectations. He and his paralegal were extremely responsive, and communicated in a clear and timely manner. I am very pleased with the outcome and the manner in which the matter was handled. I would definitely recommend him and his team.
Will successfully represented me in a jury trial that resulted from a business dispute. I honestly believe that we won our case largely due to the skills and efforts of Will. He is very thorough and I would recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
Mr. Downs and his paralegal were both very helpful and professional in assisting me with a rental company I was having a problem with. If necessary, I would use him again. I was referred to him by my employee assistance program and was skeptical about the response I would get, but he exceeded my expectations. Very nice guy!
Mr. Downs is the best! Very kind and compassionate and does not strike me as an attorney who is just out for the money. Even though he was not being paid by me, he treated me like a paying client. I am going to hire him to handle my case.
Will helped me to resolve a real estate dispute with a former business partner which had been deadlocked for over five years. He is a tough and skilled negotiator who got a very unreasonable person to agree to a resolution. I found Will to be knowledgeable, tenacious, and dependable. He is always completely professional and his communication skills are excellent.
Will assisted me with a speedy resolution to a landlord dispute I was having, bringing an exceptional level of professionalism to the process. He was thorough in mediating communications between each party, candid with his expectations and recommendations, and generous with his time. I highly recommend soliciting his services.
Working with Will was great. He was responsive and completed everything on time, he was flexible with my needs, and explained everything in great detail. I feel totally satisfied and would highly recommend him.
I have hired Will to help me with several projects. He is is very responsive and extremely detail oriented. When I need help, he is very easy to reach. I highly recommend.
Mr. Downs and Cindy were both very helpful and professional in assisting me with a garnishment case. I was constantly informed of what was going on with my case step by step. I really felt like his staff cared about my situation. I really recommend them to anyone in need of legal services or advice. Thank You Again Downs Law.