Sean Downes is an attorney based in Manhattan. Since 1985, he has specialized in representing people who have sustained serious injuries as a result of accidents caused by others. During the past 24 years, many of his clients have come from the Irish-American community, including construction workers, bartenders, laborers and other workers including the undocumented individuals who have sustained injuries in every day life, or in the course of their employment, due to the negligence of others.
To date he has helped his clients recover millions of dollars in settlements and awards, including $3.25 million for the family of an Irish construction worker who fell off the unsecured roof of a building under construction. He credits his success to his personal commitment to his clients and their cases from beginning to end.
Downes’ Irish roots are strong. His grandparents hailed from Counties Cork and Mayo. From his earliest days in college to the present, he has been actively involved in Irish-American affairs, propelled by his strong Irish Republican beliefs and his commitment to a free and United Ireland. He has represented and has been involved in the defense of numerous Irish Republicans who sought refuge in America. Together with attorneys, Gerry Keogh and Richard Harvey, he was instrumental in securing political asylum for Sean Mackin and his family.
He is a longtime member of the Brehon Law Society. He has often traveled to Ireland, including spending his junior year in college in Dublin.
Most importantly, Downes, along with his brother, Larry, have been officers of Friends of Sinn F