Kelley Drye Announces New Partners
Firm elects two new partners, promotes four to special counsel
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is pleased to announce the election of two new partners and the promotion of four attorneys to special counsel. Levi M. Downing and Donnelly L. McDowell will begin their tenure as partners effective July 1, 2021.
“This year’s class of new partners has demonstrated unwavering commitment to our clients, especially when faced with the challenges of the past year,” said Dana Rosenfeld, firm managing partner. “Each new partner embraces innovative approaches to client service, brings unique talents to the table, has the legal skills that make us confident in their ability to serve our clients with distinction, and illustrates Kelley Drye’s ongoing commitment to recognizing and developing talent from within our ranks.”
The newly elected Kelley Drye partners serve clients in the following areas::
Levi Downing (New York – Litigation):
Levi’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including trademark, trade dress, copyright, false advertising, unfair competition, defamation, breach of contract, fraud and employment related matters. He is experienced in international arbitration, including disputes involving bilateral investment treaty protections. Among his other representations, Levi was part of a team that defended a major infant products company against a putative class action, which resulted in the complete dismissal of all claims on summary judgment. Additionally, he was part of a team that represented a major construction company in bringing claims against a sovereign, resulting in a multi-million dollar arbitration award. Levi is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.
Donnelly McDowell (Washington, D.C. – Advertising):
Donnelly’s practice focuses on all aspects of advertising and consumer protection law with specialized concentrations in consumer finance, food and drug law, and direct sales and network marketing compliance. Donnelly’s client work spans a range of industries including retail, e-commerce, payment processing, and manufacturing, distribution, and sale of FDA-regulated products and other consumer goods. He regularly represents clients in contested matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and state attorneys general, and represents challengers and advertisers before the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the BBB National Programs and the National Advertising Review Board (NARB). In addition to contested work, Donnelly provides regulatory advice and helps clients develop strategies to balance regulatory and litigation risk. He regularly advises on specialized areas such as food & drug law, consumer financial privacy, e-commerce transactions, rewards and loyalty programs, gift cards, and unclaimed property laws. He is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, D.C.
About Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Founded in 1836, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP is home to more than 300 skilled practitioners offering client counseling in over 100 established and emerging legal specialties covering regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to small start-ups, and cover a wide range of industries including manufacturing, consumer products, energy, agriculture, transportation, communications and technology, real estate, financial services, and insurance. A powerhouse firm with the heart of a boutique, Kelley Drye values the success of our clients above all. We are practical in our advice and creative in our approach.