Katharine C. Downey

Katharine C. Downey

KATHARINE C. DOWNEY is a member of the firm’s litigation group. Ms. Downey practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, creditor rights, employment law, education law and insurance defense. She has assisted clients in employment disputes and policy matters, has represented financial institutions in lender liability defense cases, and has protected creditors’ rights in and out of bankruptcy. Before joining the firm, she managed a job and housing program at a local non-profit.  She has presented seminars on the topic of the Affordable Care Act and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. She is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the New Mexico State Bar’s Bankruptcy Law Section and Young Lawyers Division and serves on the board of the Albuquerque Bar Association. Ms. Downey earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of New Mexico and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Admissions

  • New Mexico, 2013
  • Navajo Nation, 2013
  • Pueblo of Laguna, 2014
  • Pueblo of Jemez, 2014
  • Hopi Tribe, 2014 (inactive)
  • United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, 2013

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, 2013, J.D.
  • University of New Mexico, 2007, B.A.

Publications & Speeches

  • "Fair Debt Collection Practices Act" and "Filing the Lawsuit - Developing Definitive Strategies," presented at “Collection Law from Start to Finish," National Business Institutes seminar, Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 13, 2016
  • "The What, Where and Why of Health Care Reform," presented at "Navigating the ACA for Employers" seminar, Sterling Educational Services, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 26, 2015
  • "Ethical Considerations for Employers and Attorneys," presented at "Navigating the ACA for Employers" seminar, Sterling Educational Services, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 26, 2015

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell rating: AV Preeminent
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Albuquerque Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors
  • Albuquerque Bar Association, Secretary
  • Chair of the Oral Arguments in the School Program for the
    Albuquerque Bar Association, 2015-present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • New Mexico State Bar Bankruptcy Law Section, Young Lawyers Division Liaison, 2015
  • New Mexico State Bar Young Lawyers Division
  • American Bar Association

Representative Experience

  • Has assisted clients in employment disputes and policy matters.
  • Has represented financial institutions in lender liability defense cases.
  • Has protected creditors’ rights in and out of bankruptcy.