Richard Edwards and Jared Downs Join Litigation Team at Steptoe & Johnson’s Louisville Office

Related Attorneys: Richard W. Edwards, Jared L. Downs

Published: May 20, 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Richard W. Edwards and Jared L. Downs have joined the Louisville office of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC as Of Counsel and Associate. The duo joins the Litigation team, bringing with them decades of experience in representing clients through all phases of complex litigation, from trial through appeal.

“Richard and Jared are great additions to our firm,” said Christopher L. Slaughter, CEO of Steptoe & Johnson. “Richard’s seasoned approach to trying cases and Jared’s public and private sector experience enhances our strong litigation bench.”

Edwards is known for his exceptional trial advocacy skills. He is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy and has defended clients in nine states. He has held the role of assistant instructor on trial practice at the University of Louisville Law School, and lectures students on various topics.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Furman University, and his law degree from The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenburg College of Law.

Downs has won multiple defense verdicts for his clients and most often works on cases involving personal injuries and property damage due to negligence, products liability, construction defects, and bad faith. He is a former felony narcotics prosecutor, a veteran of the United States Army, and a current member of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

He received his law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville.

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