Robert N. Downer

Robert N Downer - 250Member

e-mail: bobd@meardonlaw.com
Joined Meardon, Sueppel & Downer in 1963 

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Education

  • University of Iowa, B.A., 1961
  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1963

Areas Of Practice

Professional

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers of America® — Corporate Law, Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estate Litigation
  • Listed in Iowa's Superlawyers — Corporate Finance
  • Court Admissions:  Iowa State Courts; US District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa; US Court of Appeals (8th Cir.)
  • American, Iowa and Johnson County Bar Associations
  • Iowa Bar Association (President, 1995 – 1996)
  • Johnson County Bar Association (President, 1976 – 1977)
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Iowa State Chair, 2000 – 2005)
  • Life Fellow of both the Iowa State and American Bar Foundations
  • Recipient of the Excellence in Service Award of Legal Services Corporation of Iowa (1996)
  • Iowa Legal Aid Hall of Fame (2005)
  • Recipient of the Award of Merit of the Iowa State Bar Association (2001)
  • Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” for 2011, Best Lawyers in America

Community & Personal

  • Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Board (President, 1979)
  • Rotary Club of Iowa City (President, 1988 – 1989)
  • Iowa City Area Development Group
  • Iowa City Public Library (President of the  Board of Trustees, 1973 – 1974)
  • Christian Retirement Services (Director, 1967 to 1982)
  • Community Foundation of Johnson County
  • Board of Regents, State of Iowa (Member, 2003 – 2015)
  • Hoover Presidential Foundation (Trustee, 2000 – 2006; 2008 – present; Vice President 2012 — 2015; President 2016)
  • Midwestern Higher Education Compact (Chair, 2010 – 2011)
  • Iowa Law School Foundation (Director, 2000 – 2012)
  • Board of Advisors of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Member, 2011 – present)
  • Board of Directors of the University of Iowa Research Foundation (Member, 2013 – 2015)
  • Recipient of Philip Sirotkin Award, Midwestern Higher Education Compact (2014)
  • Recipient of the John Hughes Economic Development Award, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce (2015)
  • Recipient of Alumni Achievement Award, University of Iowa College of Law (2013)
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Co-author, Charitable Planned Giving Mechanisms (with Carrie Lathrop) (2009)
  • Panelist regarding anticipated 2013 federal tax law changes, Iowa State Bar Association Bloethe Tax School, December 2012

Bob works with Sacha Wycoff who may be reached at 319-338-9222 and sachaw@meardonlaw.com