David Dowd has more than 35 years of counseling clients in all phases of business and corporate law and regularly handles substantial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital and other equity financings. He earned his CIPP/US certification to become a Certified Information Privacy Professional.

David practices in the firm’s Corporate and Tax Practice Group and previously served for several years as the leader of that Practice Group. He has extensive experience in transactions in the manufacturing, distribution, solar energy, health care, and telecommunications industries, and involving distressed businesses. In addition, David has wide-ranging experience with representing buyers and sellers of businesses in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

David served as Law Clerk to The Honorable Judge Robert B. Propst, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in 1982-1983. While attending law school at Vanderbilt University, David served as Executive Administrative Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

David is a native of Massillon, Ohio.


  • Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
  • Corporate
  • Health Care
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Securities
  • Agriculture Funding & Lending

Honors & Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law since 2010, Corporate Law since 2013, Mergers and Acquisitions Law since 2022, Agriculture Law since 2023
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year," Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Birmingham, Alabama (2016 & 2020), Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2024) 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rating
  • Leadership Birmingham, Class of 2012
  • Silver Beaver Award (BSA)



Professional & Community

Civic Activities

  • Rotary Club of Birmingham, Sunrise (President 2011-2012), Board of Directors (2007-2013)
  • Alumni Council of Dartmouth College (2006-2009 & 2010-2013)
  • Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America (Executive Board of Directors (2010-2023)
  • Vulcan District of Greater Alabama Council (Chairman 2010-2013)
  • Monday Morning Quarterback Club

Professional Activities

  • Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee (2007-2010)
  • Alabama State Bar, Business Law Section, Chairman (2015-2018)



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(205) 458-5342

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(250) 458-5234

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Burr & Forman's experienced team helps clients navigate the complex cybersecurity and data privacy landscape with strategies designed to assess current risks, develop a corrective action plan, implement best practices, and provide immediate and appropriate responses to a cybersecurity breach.

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