Professional Details

William Downes
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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1945 South 1100 East
Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
801 531 7400
Fax: 801 746 5004


Description of Practice

Bill Downes specializes in divorce and family mediation. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for his specialty of Family Law Mediation.

Professional Background

Bill Downes received a law degree from University of Maryland in 1976. He practiced law in the State and Federal Courts of Utah until 1999.


Bill shifted his focus from adversarial law to mediation when he was trained as a mediator in 1990. He has mediated over 3,000 divorce and family law conflicts. From 1999 until 2004, he served as the Executive Director of Utah Dispute Resolution. In 2000, Bill received the Peter W. Billings, Sr. Outstanding Dispute Resolution Award for his contribution to the field of mediation. Bill teaches mediation skills to lawyers and other professionals as a member of the teaching faculty of Utah Dispute Resolution.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues) (3,000 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (3,000 mediated)
  • Family (2,000 mediated)
  • Insurance
  • LGBT
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.