CIVIL APPEALS: Prepare trial and appellate briefs and present Oral Argument in the Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois Appellate Court, Districts I-V, various circuit courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; appear as additional counsel in trial court for complex litigation and high monetary exposure cases

      REAL ESTATE:  Handle all aspects of residential and commercial real estate transactions: contract negotiations; contract review; document preparation; counseling; estate, corporate or divorce documentation to complete transaction; representation at closing.

De Paul University, College of Law, Chicago
    Adjunct Professor; Legal Writing
    Adjunct Professor of Advanced Appellate Brief Writing

Glenbard North High School

Carol Stream, Illinois (1979-1982)
    Spanish Teacher, Levels I - IV


Jury Instruction Committee (2023)


United States Supreme Court, 1988

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1986

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1985

Supreme Court of Illinois, 1985


De Paul University, College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1985

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish, 1979

Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 1977-78


English; Spanish


Illinois Super Lawyers, 2023, 2022, 2008, 2007

Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rating: 
    Highest Professional, Peer Review Rating Available

Leading Lawyers:  2016


    Retained in several cases to render an expert opinion and testimony regarding various appellate issues, such as, appeal bonds, the supreme court rules and various appellate brief and advocacy issues.  Testified at trial as an expert at trial on appellate advocacy and supreme court rules and requirements. 


Dowd, Judgment Notwithstanding No Verdict, Illinois Bar Journal (July, 1996)

Dowd, Post-Judgment Security and Appeal Bond Requirements: A Need for Consistency and Fairness, Illinois Bar Journal (December, 1994)

Dowd & Pagliari, Physical Injuries, Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1993; Supp. 1996)

Dowd, Alternatives to the Federal Supersedeas Bond Requirement to Perfect an Appeal and to Prevent Enforcement Proceedings, 2 Appellate L. Rev. 40-46 (1990)

American Inns of Court, 2000 Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

(Seminar on Preserving Error)

American Bar Association, 1999 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia

(Seminar on Preserving Issues at Trial for Appellate Review)

Illinois Institute of Legal Education, Law Office Management Series; Presented Continuing Legal Education Seminars


American Inns of Court, Alexandria, Virginia, 1994 - present
    National Trustee for Midwest Region, 1998 - 2002
    Leadership Council, 2010 - present

Appellate Lawyers’ Association, 1985
    Director, 1994 -1995
    Appellate Law Review, Editorial Board, 1989 -1994

Illinois State Bar Association, 1985 - present

Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association,

Amicus Curiae Committee

    Robert Jones Inn of Court, Wheaton, Illinois, 2005 - 2011
        President, 2010 - 2011

    Atticus Finch Inn of Court, Chicago, 1994-2002