Attorney Spotlight: Jeff Downing
At the Keating O’Gara law firm, we’re proud of our team and the work they do every day helping real people navigate challenging legal situations. Whether you need a lawyer to guide you through estate planning, a serious personal injury claim, or any number of other legal services, Keating O’Gara is here to support you.
Today, we introduce you to Jeff Downing, a highly accomplished trial attorney who specializes in helping people who have the misfortune of experiencing a serious personal injury through no fault of their own. Get to know more about Jeff and his work at Keating O’Gara in this week’s attorney spotlight.
Growing up in Superior, NE, Jeff watched his dad and his grandpa practice law. As a third generation lawyer, he continued the family tradition. Unlike his father and grandfather, however, Jeff developed his practice in Lincoln, NE. Small-town attorneys often wear many hats, working with everything from estate planning to trespassing charges. Moving to Lincoln gave Jeff the opportunity to use his unique strengths to develop and grow a specialized law practice. Today, he’s widely recognized as one of the best serious personal injury attorneys in the state of Nebraska.
Serious Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Expert
Jeff handles serious personal injury and medical malpractice cases that involve any permanent change in health status. This includes the traumatic and devastating situations surrounding the loss of a limb or the loss of a loved one. His reputation in the legal community for successfully representing clients in personal injury cases and helping them attain the best financial outcome possible earns him numerous referrals from his fellow lawyers. Clients trust him because of the caring and genuine character he exhibits as he supports and guides them through what may be the most difficult circumstance they’ve ever encountered.
Early in his career, Jeff recognized that it takes “A certain kind of individual, exhibiting a certain type of character, to become an exceptional lawyer.” In striving to become exceptional at what he does, Jeff learned early on that frequent and timely communication with clients is critical. “The legal process can be quite lengthy. Being readily available to walk a client through each step and clearly explain everything is so important.” Imbued with a strong competitive spirit, Jeff likes winning a case as much as he likes helping his clients. He is motivated by the sense of deep satisfaction that comes from winning and helping his clients attain the resolution they deserve. “The client’s hugs, tears of appreciation, and kind words make all the hard work, stress and late nights worth it.”
When Jeff finishes a long day at the office, a favorite activity to unwind is to simply mow the lawn. “It’s a great way to escape and clear my head for a while.” At a very young age, Jeff was introduced to fishing and hunting and developed a great love of the outdoors. “As a kid, my grandpa took me fishing and got me hooked on it.” Today, when he’s not hard at work in a courtroom (or mowing the lawn!) you can find Jeff somewhere in the outdoors pursuing his favorite activities. “Along with my favorite spots in Nebraska, a favorite destination is Colorado! I love the gorgeous mountains and natural landscapes.”
Closer to home, Jeff and his family frequently visit the UNL East Campus Dairy Store. After getting some cherry chocolate chip or mint chocolate chip ice cream (“Always in a waffle cone!”), he likes to stroll through the East Campus arboretum with his wife, Diane, and their five kids. “My favorite part of the walk is viewing the towering Bald Cyprus trees. Walking underneath the branches of these impressive trees keeps me grounded and gives me perspective regarding my relationship with my creator and my role and purpose in life.”
A Lesson in Humility
Years of practicing law and trying challenging cases have taught Jeff true humility. “One of my first lessons in humility came when I presented one of my first cases in the courtroom. I presented my case with enthusiasm, expecting to impress the jury with my expertise. The court ruled against me. Afterwards, when I called the jurors to discuss their decision, I was surprised to discover that one juror didn’t remember anything about me other than remembering me as the lawyer who kept pulling his socks up under the table. In addition to the dose of humility I received that day, I learned firsthand that the jury sees and reacts to everything that happens in the courtroom, a lesson I have never forgotten.”