Capell & Howard P.C. Attorneys At Law Montgomery & Auburn/Opelika, AL

Bruce J. Downey III

Of Counsel

(334) 241-8060


Bruce Downey was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1972. He received his A.B. in 1965 and his J.D. in 1972 from the University of North Carolina after service in the U.S. Navy, including a tour with the River Patrol Force in the Republic of Vietnam during 1967-68. Bruce was a member of Phi Delta Phi and was on the staff of The North Carolina Law Review. He received an LL.M in Labor and Employment Law in 1977 from George Washington University while serving as resident partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Bruce is a native of Montgomery, Alabama but grew up on the coast of North Carolina. He is an avid sailor and has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a forty-three foot sailboat.

While Bruce handles the full variety of labor law matters, including grievance arbitration and contract negotiations, and has appeared in many N.L.R.B. proceedings, the bulk of his practice is in the counseling of employers about employment law matters and defending employment law claims. Bruce has authored several employment-related publications, including employee handbooks for his various corporate clients and guides for various continuing education companies. He provides seminars for his clients on a wide range of topics. Bruce has been active in the Labor and Employment Section of the Alabama State Bar, including service as its chairman.


LL.M., Labor, George Washington University, 1977

J.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, 1972

A.B., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1965

Bar Admissions

Alabama, 1972

North Carolina, 1972

District of Columbia, 1977

Admitted To Practice

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama

Various Federal Courts in North Carolina

Various Federal Courts in the District of Columbia

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers – Employment & Labor

The Best Lawyers in America – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation- Labor and Employment

Best Lawyers – Montgomery Management Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2015

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating Award

Phi Delta Phi

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

North Carolina Law Review

Chairman, Alabama State Bar Labor and Employment Section

North Carolina State Bar

District of Columbia Bar

Other Professional Experience

Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (1966-69), River Patrol Force, Vietnam (1967-68)

Contact Information

150 South Perry Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

p: (334) 241-8060

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Legal Assistant

Anne Gunderson

p: (334) 241-8047

f: (334) 323-8888