Breaking News: Downs Collins Obtains The Largest Settlement In An Excessive Force Case In Washington, D.C.
As battle-tested trial lawyers, we've successfully represented individuals and corporations in Maryland, Washington D.C. and in federal courts across the United States.
On September 11, 2016, in our nation’s capital, Terrence Sterling was shot in his back and neck by an officer from the Metropolitan Police Department. Downs Collins partner, Jason Downs, filed a lawsuit in DC Superior Court for wrongful death in December 2016. After more than a year of litigation, Downs Collins negotiated a historic $3.5 million settlement with the District of Columbia, more than three times the previous largest settlement. While no amount of money will ever bring Terrence Sterling back to life or fill the void felt daily by Terrence’s family, Downs Collins is hopeful that this historic settlement will spark positive change and meaningfully contribute to the discussion about the need for better policing in our communities.
$3.5 Million Settlement - Police Brutality/Excessive Force
$2 Million Verdict - Slip and Fall
$1.75 Million Settlement - Police Brutality/Excessive Force
Dismissed - National Football League Grievance
$1 Million Verdict - Wrongful Death
$4.3 Million Settlement - Birth Injury
$6.4 Million Verdict - Police Brutality
Acquittal - First Degree Murder
Downs Collins is a result-driven law firm accustomed to managing high-profile litigation. We handle civil, criminal and administrative matters ranging from local representation to national investigations implicating matters of varying scope and size. Our rich experience allows us to tackle the most complex crises and find creative solutions whether those solutions must be sought in the courtroom or without the need for litigation
We have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts for our clients that have been injured, earned acquittals in the most serious criminal matters, and helped structure financial agreements between corporate entities without the need for protracted litigation.
As a partner at Downs Collins, Jason handles civil litigation, criminal defense, and legal matters that involve an overlap in both civil and criminal proceedings.
Jason honed his litigation skills at what is often recognized as the leading training ground for trial attorneys in the United States. He gained nearly a decade of experience working with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), serving as lead counsel on 26 felony jury trials against federal prosecutors. In that time, Jason maintained an astounding success rate in jury trials that was 282% higher than the average in the Superior Court. Jason has also successfully resolved cases without the necessity of a trial, including convincing federal prosecutors not to indict or subpoena the Chief Financial Officer of a company that was being investigated for violations of foreign importation statutes. In a different case, Jason persuaded federal prosecutors to dismiss a 17 count indictment. In yet another case, Jason successfully litigated an 8 level variance from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines in a case involving bribery of a public official. Jason has also successfully represented an NFL player in a contract dispute governed by the NFL Players Association. No stranger to high-profile litigation, Jason was a part of the litigation team that investigated and settled the Freddie Gray civil matter for $6.4 million.
Due to his tenacious nature and legal capabilities, Jason was promoted to Training Director, making him one of the youngest lawyers in Public Defender Service (PDS) history to serve in that capacity. As Training Director, he was required to routinely update 200 PDS and private attorneys on matters relating to litigation training, trends in expert testimony, advances in trial techniques, and more. After serving the government, Jason also served as partner at a leading Baltimore law firm where he oversaw the criminal and civil rights practice groups.
Today, Jason continues to provide frequent lectures regarding current litigation techniques, trial procedures, and related matters. Jason now serves as Faculty for Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop and as an adjunct law professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. He has spoken before the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Georgetown Law Center, and other highly-esteemed institutions.
In 2017, Jason was honored by the National Trial Lawyers for being in the Top 40 Under 40. Jason was also selected as 2018 Rising Star by Super Lawyers.
Jason graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore. He pursued his J.D. at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and was inducted into the Order of Barristers, which recognizes excellence in trial advocacy. While at law school, Jason was also a member of the school’s trial team, securing a national championship during his last year. He also received the Excellence in Litigation Award from the Center for Forensic Economic Studies.
Born and raised in Baltimore City, Tiffani's passion for law started at the tender age of 7. Enthralled by television lawyers like Matlock and Perry Mason, Tiffani was determined to become the best trial attorney.
From the beginning of her legal career, Tiffani was determined to use her education and training to help people and to improve the community. Early in her career, Tiffani zealously represented clients in a variety of personal injury and wrongful death matters. Her goal – to help people rebuild their lives during their darkest moments. Over time, Tiffani went on to expand her practice to include medical malpractice, birth injuries, pharmacy errors and nursing home negligence. She has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for her clients, including a $2 million jury verdict in a slip and fall case, a $4.3 million settlement in a medical malpractice case, and a $1 million settlement in a wrongful death case in Washington County, Maryland.
In addition to helping her clients rebuild their lives, Tiffani is an active member of the community. She is Co-Chairperson of the Maryland State Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee. She also serves on Board of Directors for the Monumental Bar Foundation and is the Vice President of the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust. Because of her demonstrated track record of success for her clients and deep involvement in the legal community, Tiffani was recognized in the 2015 edition of the Daily Record’s Leading Women.
As Managing Partner of Downs Collins, Tiffani is responsible for overseeing the firm’s strategic growth. Prior to co-founding Downs Collins, Tiffani ran a successful law practice, which included handling contract disputes and commercial real estate transactions. She has the ability to devise creative solutions from various perspectives, which stems from her diverse prior experience as an associate at premier civil defense and plaintiffs firms. Additionally, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable David Young of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.
Tiffani obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland where she was named co-captain of the school’s nationally recognized Mock Trial team. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, Tiffani went on to pursue her Juris Doctor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. While in law school, Tiffani was again named co-captain of the school’s nationally recognized Trial Team. Upon graduating, Tiffani was inducted into the National Order of the Barristers for excellence in trial advocacy.
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