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Angela Downes, Esq.

Angela Downes, Esq.

General Biography
Practice Areas
Business Commercial
Health Care
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Angela Downes, Esq., joins JAMS in Dallas as a neutral after a distinguished career as a mediator, educator and attorney. As a professor of practice and assistant director of experiential education at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, Professor Downes developed and manages the law school’s clinical mediation programs, connecting students with underserved clients throughout the city.

Prior to joining the university, Professor Downes’ practice included policy and legislative work in the areas of criminal justice, interpersonal violence, and child abuse and protection. She is a recognized subject matter expert in interpersonal violence issues, providing training, policy advice and technical assistance to nonprofit agencies and state and local government officials.

Professor Downes is an innovative and critical thinker committed to using creative solutions to resolve disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Business Commercial
      • Mediated and settled a dispute between a homeowners association (HOA) and homeowners regarding violations of HOA provisions
      • Mediated and settled highly volatile contract dispute between parties with vendors and after dissolution of marriage engagement
      • Mediated complex business dissolution between former business entities in longtime commercial business
      • Mediated and resolved cases involving claims for wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination
      • As an advocate, facilitated resolution of disputes with Native American and First Nations in negotiation of agreements involving contract issues and governmental agencies
  • Health Care
      • Mediator for the Texas Department of Insurance balanced billing program for matters involving providers and health plans; will have mediated over 100 cases by May 2023
  • Insurance
      • Mediated settlements on various types of bodily injury cases arising from negligence
      • Arbitrated case involving health care organization and employee regarding adherence to company policy
      • Mediated and resolved complex family law matters resulting in creative custody agreement and division of property

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Chair, Standing Committee on Gun Violence
    • Member, Criminal Justice Section
    • Co-Chair, Victim’s Committee
    • Member, Youth at Risk Commission
  • Member, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (Regulatory and Licensing Agency), 2008–2023
  • Member, Executive Board, Texas Violent Gang Task Force, 2001–2004
  • Member, Alumni Board of Directors, Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan School of Law)
  • Member, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Greenhill School
  • Vice President, Executive Board, Greenhill School Alumni Association
  • Member, Disciplinary Board, Texas Medical Board
  • Board Member, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, 2020–2023


  • United States Supreme Court, 2006
  • Northern District of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • Faculty Senate Award, Excellence in Service Award, UNT Dallas, 2022
  • North Texas Business and Professional Women’s League, Inc., 2018
  • Women’s History Awardees
  • Distinguished Alumni, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, 2010

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Discussing Coinbase's #SCOTUS Arbitration Return,” CPR Speaks, November 2023
  • Moderator, “Spotlight: Victims' Voices in the Gun Violence Conversation,” American Bar Association, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, November 2023
  • Panelist, “#SCOTUS Preview: The Limits of the Federal Arbitration Act's Exemption from ADR,” CPR Speaks, October 2023
  • “Lawyers and Vicarious Trauma,” Pittsburg Legal Services, March 2023
  • “The New Mediator Series,” Texas Mediator Credentialing Association Lunch and Learn, February 2023
  • “The Impact of Gun Violence in New Orleans,” American Bar Association Mid-Year Meetings, New Orleans, February 2023
  • “Lawyers and Vicarious Trauma,” National Institute Trial Advocacy, NITA 360 Studio Webinar, December 2022
  • Supreme Court Arbitration Review,, August 2022
  • “Civil Discourse and Mediation,” Tarrant County Bar Association, June 2022
  • “Civil Discourse Strategies for the 21st Century Lawyer,” Texas Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, May 2022
  • Panelist, “Schein II: Argument in Review,” CPR Speaks, December 2020
  • “It’s Intergenerational: The Differences Within Ourselves,” Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Houston, October 2019
  • “Juvenile Justice,” Social-Emotional Learning Convening, Dallas, October 2019
  • “Implicit Bias, Microaggressions and Mediations,” Texas Association of Mediators, Dallas, September 2019
  • “The Culturally Competent Mediator,” Dallas County Dispute Mediation Services, July 2019
  • “Effective Strategies to Combat Implicit Bias,” National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Boulder, Colorado, May 2019
  • “Human Trafficking and the Municipal Judge,” Texas Municipal Education Center, Faculty, 2018–2019
  • “Conflict Resolution and Board Training,” University of North Texas at Dallas Faculty Counsel, Dallas, March 2018

Background and Education

  • University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, 2015–2023
    • Professor of Practice
    • Assistant Director of Experiential Education
  • City of Glenn Heights, Texas, 2015–2023
    • Associate Municipal Judge
  • Angela Downes LLP, 2014–2015
    • Attorney and Mediator
  • Vera Institute of Justice, 2012–2014
    • Senior Policy Associate
  • National District Attorneys Association, National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, 2010–2012
    • Senior Attorney
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 2004–2009
    • Attorney, Court Programs
  • Dallas County District Attorney’s Office
    • Prosecutor, 1999–2004
    • Law Clerk, 1996
  • Collin County District Attorney’s Office, 1997
    • Law Clerk
  • Texas Wesleyan Mediation Clinic, 1996–1997
    • Pro Bono Mediator
  • Municipal Court, City of Dallas, 1994–1996
    • Court and Detention Services Clerk
  • Institute of Police Technology and Management
  • J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law)
  • B.A., Mercer University


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