Helen Kathryn Downs [resume]

Founding Partner | Law in Motion: Downs, LLC | Birmingham, Alabama, March 2017 – Present 

Practice Areas:

  • Complex Litigation
  • Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and Life Sciences
  • Product Liability
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation

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A seasoned trial lawyer and adept communicator, Helen Kathryn Downs has advised major corporations for more than two decades, managing risk and identifying compelling legal defenses. In 2017, Helen Kathryn founded a forward-looking law firm – Law in Motion: Downs, LLC. This woman-owned firm embraces the latest neuroscience to enhance persuasion and client results. The firm also offers advisory and litigation services for cutting-edge technologies, such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, artificial intelligence, drones and robotics, as well as more traditional practice areas including products liability, commercial litigation, class actions, and mass torts.

Recognitions of Helen Kathryn’s skills include CVN's “Top 10 Defense Verdicts” (2016), America’s Top 100 Litigators – Alabama (2019), Mid-South Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence, Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences, and her 15th anniversary with an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell.  She is a lifelong student of effective communication, creative thinking and legal innovation.

Clients and colleagues describe Helen Kathryn as a candid strategist – pragmatic, perceptive and fiercely curious.  Based on client feedback, she adroitly translates complex information into plain terms, swiftly building credibility with judges, jurors and other lawyers.  Her personal warmth, authenticity and incisive analysis bolster her skillset.

Helen Kathryn obtained a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. At UVA, she and her partner, Jason Brener, won the Lile Moot Court Competition, and she received the Stephen P. Traynor Award for Oral Advocacy.