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Bruce McGowin has extensive experience in the fields of real estate, commercial finance, and environmental law. His clients include utilities, manufacturers, developers, investors, retailers, banks, finance companies, title insurers and management companies.

Bruce is a member of the Mobile County Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar (Chairman, Environmental Section, 1988-1989), and the American Bar Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Mobile Alliance. He is a member of Leadership Coastal Alabama. He was a contributing editor for the Environmental Practice Guide published by Matthew Bender & Co. in 1992. Bruce is a frequent lecturer on environmental and real estate matters and is recognized in the book The Best Lawyers in America, for real estate law and environmental law.


  • Acquisition of a 2.1 million square foot former railcar production facility in Colbert County, AL – Representing Buyer 
  • Sale of retail and commercial multi-use development at The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL – Representing Receiver/Seller 
  • Sale and financing of multiple beachfront properties for hotel development, Orange Beach, AL – Representing Seller and Lender 
  • Representation of European and Asian banks in $175,000,000 loan facility for development of chemical production facility in Decatur, AL – Representing Lenders
  • Land swap pertaining to various Mobile River properties between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Alabama State Port Authority, Mobile, AL – Representing Port Authority 
  • Sale of Konica-Minolta office and production campus to Mobile County School Board, Mobile, AL – Representing Seller 
  • Acquisition of All Pipeline Right of Ways for LNG facility (Mobile, AL and Offshore State Lands) – Representing Buyer
  • Sale of former Kaiser Aluminum Wire Manufacturing Facility, Bay Minette, AL – Representing Seller 
  • Purchase of 114 acre International Paper Company Mill Site for the Alabama State Port Authority, Mobile, AL – Representing Buyer 
  • Purchase of Beach frontage for Condominium Development, Gulf Shores, AL – Representing Lender 
  • Purchase of 49 Hectares on the Rio Panuco, Tampico, Mexico for Shipyard Construction – Representing Buyer 
  • Sale of Former Navy Homeport to Exxon LNG, Mobile, AL – Representing Seller
  • Sale of FBI Building, Mobile, AL – Representing Buyer 
  • Acquisition of All Right of Ways Required in Alabama and Mississippi for Gulfstream TransGulf Pipeline (Gautier, MS and Mobile, AL to Tampa, FL) – Representing Buyer 
  • Purchase of Citgo Oil Terminal, Panama City, FL – Representing Buyer
  • Development of Historic Malbis (300 Lot New Urbanism Subdivision), Daphne, AL – Representing Developer 
  • Purchase of 14,000 acres of Timberland, Keith Springs, TN – Representing Buyer
  • Refinancing of Three Wood Chip Mills, Monroe County, AL – Representing Borrower
  • Sale of Oil Refinery and Associated Pipeline to Shell Oil Co., Chickasaw, AL – Representing Seller 
  • Sale of 5,000-acre resort community (including hotel, condominiums, undeveloped lots, golf course and single family residences), Still Waters, AL – Representing Seller 
  • Private Auction of 325 Commercial and Residential Properties for the Resolution Trust Corporation – Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville, AL – Representing Seller 
  • Purchase of First National Bank Building, Mobile, AL – Representing Buyer 
  • Financing the Sale and Lease Back of 36 Auto Parts Stores in eleven states – Representing Lender
  • Development and creation of numerous condominiums at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL – Representing Developers 
  • Purchase of Springdale Mall, Mobile, AL – Representing Buyer


  • Alabama State Bar, 1981


  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1981
  • B.A., Auburn University, 1978

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Civic and Professional Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar Association (Environmental Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Member of Real Property, Probate and Trust Section)
  • Leadership Coastal Alabama, Class of 2004
  • Main Street Mobile
  • Downtown Mobile Alliance (Board of Directors)
  • Mobile Lions Club
  • Manufacture Alabama
  • Business Council of Alabama
  • Coastal Conservation Association


  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2013 and 2022, Real Estate Law, Mobile
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2012, Environmental Law, Mobile
  • Best Lawyers In America©, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate Law, 2005—2024