Ericka L. Downie

Ms. Downie has been practicing law for nearly 20 years.  Her practice focuses on complex litigation including pharmaceutical/medical device product liability, toxic tort and environmental litigation, and general tort liability claims. Throughout her practice, she has provided exceptional legal representation to a wide variety of clients. Over the next 20 years, Ms. Downie looks forward to continuing her current client relationships, building new ones and developing her practice further as her clients’ demands and needs change. 

Ms. Downie has appeared across the country before judges and juries on behalf of her clients in trial, motions hearings, evidentiary hearings and at court ordered conferences. Ms. Downie also has appellate experience and has argued before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  On behalf of her clients, she has negotiated multimillion dollar settlements and discovery agreements. She has also managed the production of millions of pages of documents through the course of discovery and taken numerous depositions defending company witnesses. Ms. Downie is committed to counseling her clients to negotiate potential and actual litigation in a manner that best protects their legal and business interests.


Professional Experience

  • Partner - Goodell DeVries (2013 - Present)
  • Of Counsel – Goodell DeVries (2010 - 2012)
  • Of Counsel – Shook, Hardy & Bacon (2007 - 2010)
  • Partner – Goodell DeVries (2006 - 2007)
  • Associate – Goodell DeVries (2000 - 2005)
  • Associate – Budow & Noble (1999 - 2000)
  • Assistant Public Defender - Maryland Office of the Public Defender (1999 - 1999)


Representative Matters

Ms. Downie’s pharmaceutical/medical device practice has focused on the representation of pharmaceutical manufacturers in cases involving personal injury claims related to a variety of products including antibiotics, heart medication, blood products, over-the-counter cold medication, diabetes medication, cholesterol medication, vaccines, and diet drugs. She has also represented medical device manufacturers in claims alleging injury as a result of product defects. Ms. Downie’s toxic tort experience has included the representation of Baltimore City property owners involved in lead-based paint litigation as well as the representation of manufacturers in cases of alleged injury from exposure to benzene and vinyl chloride. She also has wide experience in general litigation involving product liability, personal injury and property claims. In the context of litigation, Ms. Downie has evaluated indemnity issues, contractual matters and business practices of her clients.