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Diana K. Cochrane
Stuart D. Colburn
Jay R. Downs
R. Christopher Esson
R. Lynn Fielder
D. Rynn Freiling
John V. Fundis
Adrienne Gasser
Christine B. Karcher
Tab H. Keener
Christopher M. Losey
Frances A. Lout
Charles E. Morse
Rodney M. Patterson
Pamela E. Pierce
Andrew Z. Schreck
Wendy D. Schrock
Timothy U. Stanford
Lauren H. Strax

Jeremy J. Cook
Janice G. Menzies
M. Gaddy Wells

Stuart D. Colburn

Stuart D. Colburn

Mr. Colburn is a shareholder of Downs Stanford and opened the Austin, Texas, office. He is board certified in Workers’ Compensation Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a certified lobbyist and attends Legislative meetings and hearings. Mr. Colburn is the firm’s representative at Division meetings. He has extensive experience in all phases of dispute resolution before the Division of Worker’s Compensation and in district courts across the state. The State Bar Of Texas Workers’ Compensation Section awarded Stuart “The Barb-wire Award” for lifetime service in the area of workers’ compensation. He also received the Comp Laude Award by Workcompcentral.com for his contributions as a defense attorney. Mr. Colburn was the founder and first Chair of the State Bar of Texas Workers’ Compensation Section. He is a co-author of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Handbook published by LexisNexis. Mr. Colburn served as a Contributing Editor for the Texas Insurance Code Annotated and contributor for The Complete Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance. He serves on the Executive Committee of the LexisNexis Advisory Board for Larson’s on Workers’ Compensation. He served as founder and first chair of the executive committee for the workers’ compensation subgroup for the Primerus Defense Institute. He is extremely active in the education of attorneys, adjusters and employers for workers’ compensation and bad faith allegation, and is certified by the Texas Department of Insurance as a continuing education provider. The TexasBarCLE Staff awarded Mr. Colburn the Standing Ovation Award recognizing his efforts, commitment and leadership. A sought-after speaker, Mr. Colburn has delivered over five hundred speeches regarding Workers’ Compensation across the country. He also served as the Course Director for numerous programs including the Texas State Bar’s Advanced Workers’ Compensation Seminar and Texas Workers’ Compensation Forum.

Bar Admissions and Professional Affiliations

  • State of Texas (1994)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Founding Fellow, Travis County Bar Foundation
  • Texas Department of Insurance CE Provider
  • Registered Lobbyist


  • University of Texas, J.D., 1994
  • Southwestern University, B.A., 1991 (Cum Laude)
  • Institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University, 1989

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified in Workers' Compensation Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization