Biographical Information on Daniel Downey
Daniel Downey has completed several projects dealing with atmospheric acid deposition and stream liming, as well as conducting research on fish otolith microchemistry and lake nutrient budgets.
Downey asserted that California’s high cost of living is forcing residents to leave, prompting legislation to address it.
Early Life and Education
Downey has participated in many environmental projects, such as atmospheric acid deposition studies on stream water chemistry, habitat information for amphibians and threatened species, fish otolith microchemistry studies and lake nutrient budget calculations. He also conducts extensive investigations on pesticide and herbicide impacts on lakes, streams and their riparian systems.
Gahr High School of Cerritos was his educational foundation before enrolling and graduating from Santa Ana College’s Basic Fire Academy. Shortly thereafter he was hired by the Downey Fire Department as a firefighter, quickly becoming involved with their Explorer Program as well as paramedic school training.
His law firm has represented families throughout Palm Beach County.
Downey specializes in natural language processing and machine learning, specifically the creation of useful knowledge bases from web text automatically. He also explores techniques to use human input more effectively in machine learning; either carefully selecting input from humans, or pairing it with unlabeled data (semi-supervised learning).
His work on atmospheric acid deposition is widely recognized, particularly its negative impacts from power plant emissions on local aquatic life and natural resources. His lab has also conducted projects related to stream liming, defoliation of Gypsy Moth larvae on water chemistry, lake nutrient budgets and fish otolith microchemistry.
Dan has amassed an outstanding legal track record and was honored to receive recognition as a Super Lawyers for Civil Litigation Defense in 2024. A respected member of his community, he frequently addresses insurance matters such as law enforcement liability exposure.
Achievement and Honors
Daniel Downey was a well-respected attorney and family man. A graduate of Notre Dame with Magna Cum Laude honors, he became an active member of Palm Beach County Bar Association as well as being president of its Chamber of Commerce and board member for various local organizations.
He was an avid sports fan who spent his weekends watching his children play hockey and soccer – his team being the New York Yankees.
Downey was an accomplished actor, earning two Academy Award nominations as Best Actor. Additionally, he won both BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards and garnered Screen Actors Guild and Primetime Emmy nominations for his role on Ally McBeal television show.
Downey was raised among medical professionals and gained an early appreciation of their aiding professions. Later he pursued healthcare and is now a board-certified orthopedic surgeon.
He is also a licensed insurance defense attorney and regularly speaks at legal seminars across the country. Additionally, he’s a proud family man and avid sports fanatic – especially enjoying watching his children compete in hockey and soccer games!
He is survived by his wife, Peggy of Rochelle; four children Teresa Downey, Michelle Fuentes, Daniel Downey and Charles Downey, as well as nine grandchildren. Preceded in death were his parents Billie and Sudie Downey as well as one sister. A longstanding member of Rotary International as well as numerous local boards he served them faithfully during his lifetime.
Downey has garnered immense renown and respect in the film industry. A dedicated philanthropist, he contributes significant portions of his earnings to various charities worldwide and owns multiple businesses around the globe.
He is a member of Footprint Coalition, an organization which employs advanced technologies to combat climate change. Additionally, he supports Anti-Recidivism Coalition which works to help former inmates reintegrate back into society.
Downey is an avid collector of automobiles and boasts a vast collection of vintage vehicles. Additionally, he is an advocate of the arts, having collaborated with various directors and producers as well as being featured in commercials for brands like OnePlus and Audi. Looking ahead, Downey plans on starting several projects in 2023.