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

R. Brooke Lawson III


(334) 241-8031


Brooke Lawson is a partner in the firm’s litigation section. He concentrates his practice in the areas of construction law, commercial and business litigation, and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Brooke has extensive experience representing owners and developers, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, sureties, suppliers and industry trade associations at every stage of a construction project: conception, planning, performance and closeout. He has drafted and negotiated contracts for both private and public projects. His extensive construction litigation experience includes claims involving negligent design and construction, contract disputes, liens and payment issues, Miller Act claims, as well as workplace accidents and injuries. Brooke has participated in trials, hearings, mediations and arbitrations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He also has considerable experience as a panel and sole arbitrator in numerous commercial, construction, and consumer cases.

Brooke has been involved in a number of matters involving work-site accidents and injuries and he advises clients on OSHA compliance and safety issues. He has experience in environmental litigation and administrative proceedings involving various federal and state statutes and regulations. Brooke has considerable experience litigating employment claims related to age, sex, and race discrimination and enforcement of non-competitive, and non-disclosure agreements. He also has extensive experience in commercial and business litigation, trucking litigation, consumer fraud, contract disputes, class actions, products liability, personal injury, premises liability, dram shop defense, and collections.


LL.M., Environmental, George Washington University, 1996

J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 1994

B.A., The University of Alabama, 1988

Bar Admissions

Alabama, 1995

Georgia, 1994

Admitted To Practice

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court 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

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

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

Honors and Awards

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Construction Law and Construction Litigation (2009 – present)

Selected as “Lawyer of the Year — Litigation: Construction in Montgomery” (2021)

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation (2018 – present)

Selected as Mid-South Super Lawyer, Construction Litigation (2018 – present)

Publications and Lectures

Presented seminars on various topics related to construction law, OSHA compliance, COVID-19, development of workplace safety plans, liens and bonds, collections, and environmental law

Speaker, “How to Manage the Risk of Rising Material Costs”

Speaker, “Hot Issues (Still) Facing Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Speaker, “Should Employers Mandate Vaccinations, Recommend Vaccinations, or Incentivize Vaccinations”

Author, Security for Payment – Courtesy of Your Legislature, The Alabama Road Builder (2017)

Author, Perfecting and Enforcing Mechanics’ and Materialmen’s Liens in Alabama, Lorman Education Services (2003)

Author, Liability of Architects and Engineers in Alabama, Lorman Education Services (2002)

Author, Environmental Issues in Public Contracting, Lorman Education Services (2002)

Author, Alabama Lien Law, Lienlaw Online (2001)

Author, Mechanics’ Liens, Bonds, and Timing, Lorman Education Services (1998)

Author, Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution and the Federal Government in the 1990’s: Growth of Effective Policies or More Money Down the Non-Discernable Drain?, George Washington University, National Law Center (1996)

Author, The Coastal Zone Management Act and the 5th Amendment: The Supreme Court’s Take on Development Restrictions in the Coastal Zone, George Washington University, National Law Center (1995)



Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

Federal Bar Association

Alabama State Bar

State Bar of Georgia

Montgomery County Bar Association

American Arbitration Association (AAA), National Panels of Commercial, Construction, Consumer, and Home Construction Arbitrators

Southeast YMCA – past member of the Board of Directors

Make-A-Wish Alabama – past member of the Board of Directors; Secretary; volunteer

Child Protect – Legal Counsel

Certified Guardian Ad Litem

Contact Information

150 South Perry Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

p: (334) 241-8031

f: (334) 323-8888

Legal Assistant

Nancy LeGear

p: (334) 241-8025

f: (334) 323-8888


Trudi Letchworth

p: (334) 241-8087

f: (334) 323-8888