C. Brazeal, III
One Federal Place, Suite 1100
1819 5th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
205.244.5237 tel
205.244.5437 fax

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Ellis Brazeal is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and practices from the firm's Birmingham office. He has more than 29 years of experience in commercial litigation, including all levels of state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. His areas of experience include the representation of financial institutions, construction and surety litigation, and environmental law. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018, and regularly lectures on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues, construction law, and ethics.

Mr. Brazeal's representation of financial institutions has involved a specific focus on creditors' rights in bankruptcy. In the construction arena, he has represented owners, contractors, and suppliers, both in negotiating contracts and in litigating and arbitrating disputes. His practice in the environmental field includes litigation; administrative proceedings; and providing counsel to owners of real property, as to both greenfield and brownfield sites; and operators of businesses. 

Mr. Brazeal has recently been retained to serve as an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering at The University of Alabama where he will teach a course in Space Law.

Previously, Mr. Brazeal served for 10 years as an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering for The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he taught courses in Engineering Law and Environmental Law.


  • Recognized in Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a "Recognised Practitioner" in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2018)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy (listed annually since 2012)
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Horton v. Alexander, 977 So.2d 462, 2007 WL 2019588 (Ala. 2007)
  • U.S. v. Mountain Metal Co., 137 F. Supp.2d 1267 (N.D. Ala. 2001)
  • B&G, LLC v. AmSouth Bank, N.A., 716 So.2d 1263 (Ala.Civ. App.1998)
  • Southern Energy Homes, Inc., v. AmSouth Bank of Alabama, 709 So.2d 1180 (Ala. 1998)
  • City of Mountain Brook v. Green Valley Partners I, 690 So.2d 359 (Ala. 1997)
  • Ex parte AmSouth Bank of Alabama, 669 So.2d 154 (Ala. 1995)





  • "Issues in Health Care Cases: A Complicated Cure for Economic Illness?"
    ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee Newsletter, January 30, 2018
  • "Coal Bankruptcies: Interface with Environmental Laws and Regulators"
    American Bankruptcy Institute, October 2016


  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association