Representing Our
Charlotte Neighbors
Since 1979

Thomas T. Downer

Thomas T. Downer

Charlotte, North Carolina

Attorney Thomas T. Downer is a native Charlottean.  He graduation from Central High School and served in the United States Air Force.  He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a law degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  While at Carolina, he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.

He has been practicing law in Charlotte since 1967 and concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and workers’ compensation.  He was admitted o the North Carolina bar in 1967.  Attorney Downer was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the State of North Carolina.  He is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the North Carolina Bar Association.

Attorney Downer has been married to his wife, Gretchen, for 52 years and has three gron children and one grandchild.  Gretchen graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1965 with a double major in English and Spanish.  She taught at South Mecklenburg High School for several years before going into the antiques’ business with Attorney Downer’s mother.  She is currently President of the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art.

Attorney Downer’s daughter, Morgan, graduation from Charlotte Latin School, Columbia University and Fordham Law School in New York City.  She practices law in New York City.

His daughter, Peyton, graduation from Charlotte Latin School, lives in Charlotte and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in network systems administration and cyber security.

His son, Andy, graduation from Providence High School, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a partner in the Downer, Walters & Mitchener Law firm.

Attorney Downer is a pilot and enjoys flying.  He plays saxophone, his wife is an accomplished pianist, and they often get together with friends for “music nights”.  They have a home in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where they enjoy listening to beach music and going shag dancing.  Attorney Downer enjoys reading about history and collecting classic cars.  His sport is tennis.


Areas of Practice

  • Auto Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Premises Liability
  • Dog Bites
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Traffic Violations
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1967
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1967
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • A.B. - 1962
    • Major: Economics

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded the Order of Long Leaf Pine by the State of North Carolina

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated | For ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • American Association for Justice
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice