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Bill Coleman

  • Of Counsel
  • Capell & Howard, P.C.
  • 150 South Perry Street
  • Montgomery, Alabama 36104
  • Email:
  • Phone: 334-241-8056
  • Cell: 334-300-0002
  • Company Phone: 334-241-8000
  • Fax: 334-241-8256


  • Undergraduate: Pre-Law University of Alabama 1965
  • Law School: J.D. University of Alabama School of Law 1967

Honors and Activities

Board of Editors, Alabama Law Review

Order of the Coif/Farrah Order of Jurisprudence


Born in New Orleans.

Reared in Tuscaloosa.   Graduated Tuscaloosa High School in 1961.   Governor, Alabama Key Clubs; Captain, State Champion High School Swim Team; President, Honor Society.

University of Alabama (1961-65).  Omicron Delta Kappa, President; Jasons Senior Honor Society; Sigma Alpha Epsilon, President; Chairman, Bama Day.

University of Alabama School of Law (1964-67).   Phi Alpha Delta, President;  Alabama Law Review , Book Review Editor and Case Note Editor; Farrah Order of Jurisprudence/Order of the Coif.

United States Army, 1967-69.  Lieutenant, Military Intelligence; served as Company Commander; awarded Army Commendation Medal.

Capell & Howard, P.C., 1969-2015 (Managing Partner 1995-2010); retired and became “Of Counsel” beginning March 1, 2015.

Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, Inc. (architectural/engineering firm).  Served as in-house counsel for risk management on part-time basis March 1, 2015 – January 1, 2018.

Currently, practice limited to serving as arbitrator or mediator – primarily of construction industry disputes.




Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers (Board, 2013-2016)
  • Alabama Law Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution (Board and Past Chair)
  • Alabama State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (Board and Past Chair)
  • Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Inc. (Board and President)
  • American Arbitration Association, Roster of Neutrals (Arbitrator and Mediator)
  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Arbitrator Master Panel
  • American Arbitration Association, Large Complex Case Panel
  • CPR: International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Roster of Neutrals
  • CPR Construction Advisory Committeee
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America since 1993 (Categories: Arbitration; Mediation; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Construction Litigation)
  • Listed, Alabama Super Lawyers since 2008 (Current: Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • Recipient, The Mediator Award, Annual Conference on Dispute Resolution, Jones School of Law (February 1999)
  • Associate Member, Associated General Contractors, Alabama Branch
  • Associate Member, Associated Builders and Contractors, Alabama Chapter
  • Alabama Academy of Attorney Mediators
  • Alabama Bar ADR Section (Chair, Arbitration Committee)
  • ABA Section on Dispute Resolution
  • ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • ABA Section of Public Contract Law
  • National Association of Distinguished Neutrals


Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • “State Public Construction Law Source Book,” Alabama Chapter, CCH Publishing (2002)
  • “The Mediation Alternative”, THE ALABAMA LAWYER (1995)
  • “The Arbitration Alternative”, THE ALABAMA LAWYER (2009)
  • “Agreeing to Arbitrate and Pre-Hearing Considerations,” American Arbitration Association (1986)
  • “Alabama Construction Contracting for Public Entities,” Lorman Education Services (2001)
  • “Lien Law – Online,” Alabama Chapter, Construction Publications, Inc. (2001)
  • “Overview of Arbitration,” Alabama Bar Institute, Continuing Legal Education (2000)
  • “Drafting the Arbitration Agreement,” Alabama Bar Institute, Continuing Legal Education (2000)
  • “The Arbitration Process,” Alabama Bar Institute, Continuing Legal Education (2000)
  • “Government Contracts: Delays, Changes and Differing Site Conditions,” Cumberland Institute for CLE (1990)
  • Alabama Construction Law, National Business Institute (1987) (update 1988)
  • Alabama Construction Law, Professional Education Systems, Inc. (1981) (update 1984)

Speeches, Panel Discussions, and Seminars:

Lecturer on construction law, procurement law or ADR topics, including lectures for the following:

  • Alabama Bar Institute for CLE
  • Alabama Judicial College
  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Inns of Court, Montgomery Chapter
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Alabama Chapter
  • Associated General Contractors, Alabama Branch
  • Cumberland Institute for CLE
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Jones School of Law
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • National Business Institute
  • Professional Education Systems, Inc.
  • Southern Association of Steel Fabricators
  • U. S. Standard Systems Center

Court Admissions

  • State of Alabama (all courts)
  • U. S. District Courts (all Alabama)
  • U. S. Claims Court
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U. S. Supreme Court

Community Activities

  • Leadership Alabama, Board of Directors (Chairman 2010-2011)
  • Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100 (Chairman, 2008-2010)
  • Business Committee for the Arts , Board of Directors (Chairman, 2011-2012)
  • Montgomery Education Foundation, Advisory Board of Directors
  • Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Inc.

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