Alvin C. "Chuck" Dowden

Alvin C. "Chuck" Dowden Jr., Managing Partner

Dedicated Attorney Since 1986

Alvin C. “Chuck” Dowden, Jr. is the senior partner at Dowden & Smith, L.L.C. Chuck has been practicing law in Vernon Parish, Louisiana, since 1986. He has been very involved in the Vernon Parish community, with active participation in both the Louisiana Lions Camp and the Vernon Parish School Board, where he served as an elected member.

He is currently the city attorney and prosecutor for the city of Leesville, LA, and was formerly an assistant district attorney. Chuck takes a firm approach in practicing law and has a reputation for taking on tough, complicated cases and seeing them through.


Southern University Law Center Baton Rouge, Louisiana

J.D. – 1985

Northeast Louisiana University Monroe, Louisiana

B.S. – 1982

Major: Business Administration

Bar Admissions

Louisiana 1985

Areas of Practice

Professional Associations and Memberships

Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association

The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Louisiana Bar Association

Vernon Parish Bar Association


Kappa Alpha

Representative Cases

Chumley V. Magee, 33 So.3d 345 (3d Cir. App. La. 2010)

Representative Clients

Pat Williams
Construction Company

American Moving & Storage, Inc. Transportation

Pro Bono Activities

Vernon Parish School Board Member/Chairman of Finance Committee, 1989–2011

Vernon Parish School Board President, 1998 – Present


Ken Hughes Merchant & Farmers Bank

Lee McCann Sabine State Bank

Past Employment Positions

Assistant District Attorney Vernon Parish

City Prosecutor City of Leesville, 2014–2015