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Michael G. Dowd

The Law Office of Michael G. Dowd

New York, NY, USA


Michael Dowd is dedicated to confronting and fighting injustice. He has been long-recognized by his peers and the press for his courtroom skills, particularly his zealous courtroom advocacy on behalf of his clients.  Mr. Dowd   is a pioneer in the battered women’s movement. Back in the 1980 when the few heard of the problem of domestic violence, Mr. Dowd successfully defended a battered woman who killed her husband. He is also the founding director of the Pace University Women’s Justice Center and the recipient of awards for his work on behalf of battered women. He successfully handled the trial of a woman using post-partum depression in an insanity defense and then kept the woman out of a psychiatric hospital.  He has written articles for the Fordham Urban Law Journal, The Cardozo Woman’s Law Journal and the Pace Law Review.

Mr. Dowd’s legal advocacy efforts have attracted the attention of local, national and international media throughout his long career.  He was recently selected as Women’s Enews, 21 leaders for the 21st Century for 2010.    Numerous interviews with him have appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post and he has appeared on numerous television news programs like the CBS Evening News, ABC’s Primetime Live, and all the major New York metropolitan local news shows.

Even before the scandal that rocked the Catholic Church in 2002, Mr. Dowd singularly stood out as a tireless champion of victims of sexual abuse. And since 2002, he has   represented more victims of clergy sexual abuse in the New York metropolitan area than any other attorney. In fact he was the first attorney after the scandal broke to actually go to trial against a New York area diocese, winning 11.45 million dollars on behalf of two persons who were molested by a youth minister in a Catholic parish. He also has represented victims against the Boy Scouts of   America, the Harlem Boys Choir, a synagogue and a number of large corporations.  

Michael Dowd was born in Queens, New York. He attended Xavier High School, Fordham University and received his law degree from St. John's University School of Law in 1966. He is admitted to practice law in New York and U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He has also had pro hac vice admissions in a number of other states during his career.  He has been practicing as a trial attorney in New York City and the surrounding areas for more than fifty years.
Michael G. Dowd is associated with the following items:
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Domestic Violence 2018: Survivors as Defendants, Respondents, and Parole or Clemency Applicants, Friday, February 02, 2018, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono Domestic Violence 2018: Survivors as Defendants, Respondents, and Parole or Clemency Applicants, Friday, February 02, 2018, New York, NY
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Select Case Law Concerning Domestic Violence Victims as Criminal Defendants - Domestic Violence 2018: Survivors as Defendants, Respondents, and Parole or Clemency Applicants, Friday, February 02, 2018
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, Battered Women with Concurrent Open Criminal Charges and Civil Protection Cases: Considerations for Community Based Advocates and Civil Attorneys (January 2011) - Domestic Violence 2018: Survivors as Defendants, Respondents, and Parole or Clemency Applicants, Friday, February 02, 2018
Sue Osthoff and Jane Sadusky, Excerpt, A Toolkit for Systems Advocacy on Behalf of Victims of Battering Charged with Crimes, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (December 2016), available at https://www.ncdbw.org/toolkit - Domestic Violence 2018: Survivors as Defendants, Respondents, and Parole or Clemency Applicants, Friday, February 02, 2018
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