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Carl "Trey" K. Dowdey, III

Senior Attorney

Practice Areas

Automobile LitigationSubrogationWorkers' Compensation


  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • U.S. Army War College (M.S.S., 2016)
  • University of Virginia (B.A., 1995)


Carl “Trey” K. Dowdey, III, is a senior attorney in Swift Currie’s Birmingham, Alabama office. While Mr. Dowdey’s practice concentrates primarily on workers’ compensation matters, he also defends employers against retaliatory discharge and co-employee liability claims and handles automobile and premises liability defense litigation. He has experience trying both civil jury and bench trials and presenting oral argument to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he has tried numerous panel and judge alone courts-martial, worked on a wide array of military separation boards and focuses on military law in his capacity as a U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps officer. Mr. Dowdey was also appointed as commander of the 10th Legal Operations Detachment of the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command.

As a lieutenant colonel (promotable) in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps, Mr. Dowdey was selected to serve as staff judge advocate for the 412th Theater Engineer Command, a two-star command with approximately 12,000 soldiers located in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Prior to this assignment, he was the staff judge advocate at the 87th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command (East). He also served as the command judge advocate with the Deployment Support Command, which provides transportation and logistical support for deployed soldiers overseas. Mr. Dowdey was on active duty from 1998 through 2002, and was mobilized on active duty from 2007 through 2008. He is active on the Military Law Committee within the Alabama State Bar and graduated from the U.S. Army War College, earning his Master of Strategic Studies as a Distinguished Graduate.

Mr. Dowdey earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Alabama.


  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama State Bar (Military Law Committee, Workers' Compensation Section)
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1998

Publications and Presentations

Awards & Recognitions

  • Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Global War on Terror Service Medal
  • Meritorius Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Overseas Service Ribbon

Interests/Additional Information

In his spare time, Mr. Dowdey enjoys running, gardening, soccer and spending time with his wife and four children.

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