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 Our Background

With our many years of experience and our well-organized approach, we see very few closings or issues that we cannot resolve quickly.

We have become a trusted advisor over the years and do a great deal of repeat business.  Our client base has continued to grow each year.

Our Approach

We make sure your closing is easy and accurate

We treat all aspects of the real estate closing process with the greatest attention to detail.  Our office is located in Topsfield, Massachusetts, but we handle transactions in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  We work with you from the very beginning of the home buying process by helping negotiate or draft a real estate contract.

We treat all aspects of the real estate closing process with the greatest attention to detail.  Our office is located in Topsfield, Massachusetts, but we handle transactions in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  We work with you from the very beginning of the home buying process by helping negotiate or draft a real estate contract.

From the moment you hire us as your real estate attorney, we will send you timely updates concerning your closing process and send preliminary settlement statements to keep you informed. After the closing has concluded, our services do not. We will record all necessary closing documents and we will help you apply for any available homestead exemption.

The Team

Our staff brings years of experience to the table to insure that your transaction closes successfully and efficiently.

Our backgrounds are extensive.  Some of the things you should know about our team are:

Brian P Downey

Brian P. Downey, Esquire

Brian is the Proprietor and Managing Partner of Downey Law Group, LLC and DLG Closings.  Since 2004 Downey Law Group, LLC has provided strong customer focused legal services primarily in the area of Residential and Commercial Real Estate Conveyance and Refinance in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, and Corporate formation, sales and acquisitions in Massachusetts.  DLG is currently awaiting approval to become a licensed closing agent in the State of Florida.  Brian has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate conveyance and property law, including short sale negotiations, loan modifications, and lender foreclosure representation.  Brian also handles Asset Purchases, Contracts, and Estate Planning and Family Law matters.

Brian earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Massachusetts School of Law in 1996 where he graduated Magana Cum Laude.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), Real Estate Bar Association (REBA), and has served as a Panel of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center of Newburyport and Amesbury, MA where he focused on high risk, domestic family law matters.

Brian is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and holds a licensed to perform real estate transactions in both New Hampshire and Maine.

John J. O’Keefe, Esq.

Jack joined the firm in August 2019 and serves as Of Counsel.  His focus is primarily in real estate conveyancing and estate planning.  His background includes fifteen years of insurance defense litigation in the areas of product liability, professional liability, industrial accident claims, and insurance coverage disputes.  His trial experience includes trials in Superior and District Courts throughout Massachusetts, New York, and the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.  His experience in residential and commercial real estate includes Land Court matters, title insurance claims, and boundary and zoning disputes. Since 1998 Jack has handled thousands of residential transactions and closings, representing buyers, sellers, and lenders.

Jack earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College in 1981 and his Juris Doctorate degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1984.  He is admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts, New York, and the U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts.  He is a member of the Essex County Bar Association and the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA).

Jack is an active member of the Beverly Kiwanis Club, as past-president and Delegate to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute.  He served for ten years as an adult leader of the Hamilton Boy Scout Troop 35.  Jack also served as an elected Member of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District School Committee from 2006-2012.  He is a high-frequency platelets donor for the American Red Cross and has been a volunteer driver for Senior Care, Inc. since 2012. 

Jack is a licensed closing agent in Massachusetts and New York.

Caitlin M. Masys, Esq.

Caitlin joined the firm in September of 2019 as a Senior Associate Attorney.  Her focus is primarily on Real Estate and Real Property Law, including Land Use and Zoning, both residential and commercial. However, Caitlin also practices in the areas of Estate Planning and Estate Administration.  Caitlin has over thirteen (13) years of experience in all aspects of Real Estate Conveyance and Refinance. She frequently represents builders and contractors in their acquisition and development of residential properties covering the entire process from purchase to approvals to sale in the Merrimack Valley and surrounding areas.

Caitlin earned her Bachelor of Science Degree Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University in 2002 and her Juris Doctorate degree Cum Laude from Suffolk University Law School in 2006. While at Suffolk she was the recipient of an Academic Leadership Scholarship and a Jurisprudence Award for Evidence.  She has been in practice since her admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 2006.  Caitlin serves on many boards, commissions and foundations, including the Stevens-Bennett Foundation, the Greater Haverhill Foundation, Community Action, Inc., Penacook Place, and the Haverhill Bar Association.

Caitlin is a licensed closing agent in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Caitlin is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar.

Thomas J. Sullivan, Esq.

Tom joined the firm in June 2019 as a Senior Associate Attorney.  His focus is primarily on Residential and Commercial Real Estate transactions, including coordinating and closing transactions.  Tom has been involved in and has closed thousands of residential and commercial transactions, representing buyers, sellers, and lenders, since 2003.

Prior to joining the firm Tom was the owner of his own real estate law practice with an office located at 80 Merrimack Street in downtown Haverhill.  As part of the Downey Law Group team, we now have two office locations: the main office in Topsfield and a second office location in Haverhill.  Tom earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1992, and his Master’s in Public Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Government from Suffolk University in 1988 and 1985 respectively.  He is currently serving his fourth term as a City Councilor in Haverhill and has extensive experience in both local and state government, having worked previously for twenty years at the Massachusetts State House as Chief of Staff and Legislative Aide.  Tom also serves on many boards, commissions, and foundations, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Haverhill, Fidelity House/CRC, Winnekenni Foundation, and the VFW Santa Parade.

Tom is a licensed closing agent in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  In his spare time Tom enjoys volunteering and working on community projects in Haverhill.

Timothy J. Curley, Esq.

Tim joined the firm in April 2020 as an Associate Attorney. His focus is primarily on real estate conveyancing and estate planning. He is also experienced with municipal tax takings on behalf
of municipalities and with general Land Court matters.

Tim earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University in 2016, and his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2013. Tim was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2016, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Tim is a licensed closing agent in Massachusetts.

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Some of our clients

We are proud to work with the most respected firms in the real estate and finance field.

Mortgage Network
Westcor

We are authorized agents of:

Westcor Land Title Insurance Company

Chicago Title Insurance Company

Old Republic National Title Insurance Company

Connecticut Attorney’s Title Insurance Company

Among the banks we work with are:

Institution for Savings in Newburyport and its Vicinity

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

Citizen’s Bank, N.A.

Quicken Loans, Inc.

Santander Bank, N.A.

Guaranteed Rate, Inc.

Premier Mortgage Lending, LLC

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Wells Fargo, N.A.

Bank of America, N.A.

HomeBridge Finanacial Services, Inc.

Mortgage Network, Inc.

LendUS, LLC

Randolph Savings Bank

NorthEast Community Bank


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TESTIMONIALS

What People Say

Have used Brian on many a transaction from high end – middle and at the time, the endless short sales. Excellent service and will always get the job done! Staff is extremely supportive and kept in the loop. He handles all aspects of real estate law, trusts etc… Always would recommend.

Downey- Terri Shepherd
Have used Brian on many a transaction from high end – middle and at the time, the endless short sales. Excellent service and will always get the job done! Staff is extremely supportive and kept in the loop. He handles all aspects of real estate law, trusts etc… Always would recommend.


Terri Sheppard – Laer Realty Partners
Property Reals CEO

Joyce Sullivan
I give my highest recommendation to Attorney Brian Downey and the staff at The Downey Law Group.  The Downey Law Group are knowledgeable, conscientious, and professional.  The staff works very hard to deliver the highest level of service to their clients.”


Joyce Sullivan – Keller Williams


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