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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 JAG officer.

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.

As a lieutenant colonel in the United States 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 more than 12,000 soldiers located in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Prior to this assignment, he was staff judge advocate at the 87th U.S. Army Reserve Support Command (East). He also served as staff 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 Masters in Strategic Studies as a Distinguished Graduate.


  • 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

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

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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