William Tyler Downing (Tyler) is a native of the Capitol City, a Golden Bear graduate of Catholic High School, and graduate of Louisiana State University. Tyler has an entrepreneur spirit, and while in undergrad at LSU, he formed a catering company as a cooking hobby to fund a hunting-and-fishing hobby and founded a local Mardi Gras krewe as a means to keep friends together and give back to the community.
Prior to law school, Tyler married his wife, Lauren, and began working for the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. While with the commission, Tyler worked to improve peace officer training and strove to reform the juvenile justice system with the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative. Additionally, Tyler organized the annual Medal of Honor Ceremony to commemorate the lives of officers that had fallen in the line of duty.
In 2010, Tyler began a part-time law school career at Southern University Law Center while working fulltime with the Commission, operating a small catering company, and enjoying the happy chaos of a family with two daughters, Lily and Reese, both under the age of one during his first semester. Also during this time, Tyler organized two charity golf tournaments with his Mardi Gras krewe, raising over $10,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. A diligent pupil, Tyler became a published editor of the SULC Law Review and graduated third in his class, achieving the honor of magna cum laude.
Tyler and Lauren are the parents of three beautiful children, Lily, Reese, and Beckett, and are active members of the Baton Rouge community. Tyler is a compassionate attorney, who is not afraid to put in the work for his clients.