Robert Nelson Downer

Robert Nelson Downer

Title: Member
Company: Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C.
Location: Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Robert Nelson Downer, Member at Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in business law.
Matriculating at the University of Iowa, Mr. Downer attained a Bachelor of Arts in 1961 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1963, setting the stage for his career of nearly 60 years specializing in business law, trusts, and estates. Gaining experience as an associate at Meardon Law Office from 1963 to 1968, he has excelled as a member of Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C. since 1969. Mr. Downer also continues to contribute as commissioner of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact since 2005 and trustee of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association since 2008, as well as a board member of the Iowa Law School Foundation and KZIA, Inc.
In recognition of his legacy of community advocacy, Mr. Downer was the recipient of an Alumni Service Award from the University of Iowa Alumni Association in 2015 and the Service to Mankind Award from the Iowa City Area Sertoma Clubs in 2009. He is a fellow of the Iowa State Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation, and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and was named to the Iowa Legal Aid Hall of Fame in 2005. Additionally, Mr. Downer took home an Excellence in Service Award from the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa in 1996 and a Merit Award from the Iowa State Bar Association in 2001, the organization’s highest honor.
Out of his numerous accomplishments, Mr. Downer is most proud of serving as the president of the Iowa State Bar Association in 1995 and 1996, during which he was active in halting government efforts to defund Legal Aid Funds. He has also served as president of the Johnson County Bar Association in 1976, Rotary International in 1989 and 1990 and Iowa State Board of Regents from 2004 to 2006. Inspired by the example set for him by his father, grandfather, and members of the local city council, Mr. Downer is honored to have served his community and spent his career helping his clients attain their rightful gains. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Downer can also be found in editions of Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in the World.


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