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John J. Dowling III

Of Counsel

White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

Based in Chapman Law Group’s Charlotte Branch • Practices Nationally

About Me

John is a white collar criminal defense attorney who represents corporations and individuals in federal court. His clients have included corporate executives, medical professionals, law enforcement officers, lawyers, political personnel, engineers, and even a judge.

John was the principal brief writer in a winning federal appeal involving a New York City crime family. He has secured the early release of a federal prisoner, suppressed evidence in a first-degree murder case, and persuaded a judge to release a client from solitary confinement in a federal death penalty case.

As an experienced white collar criminal defense attorney, Mr. Dowling firmly believes in the wisdom of the constitutional rights that are available to criminal defendants in the United States. He believes that no other civilization in the history of mankind has been afforded the type of robust, protective safeguards that we enjoy in this country and he has spent the last ten years of his life making sure the government plays by the rules.

Mr. Dowling earned his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law where he served as chairman of the disciplinary committee for the Moot Court Honor Society. He has earned two awards for legal writing and his essays on federal sentencing have been published in criminal defense newsletters.

In law school, he spent two years interning at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of New York. There he helped those charged with a range of federal offenses including bribery, wire fraud, bank fraud, social security fraud, international money laundering, death threats against public officials, identity theft, drug offenses, firearms offenses, and a capital punishment case.

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Legal Qualifications

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  •  U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Legal Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 2020
  • Long Island University, B.A., 2017
  • Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket, Sweden, International Baccalaureate Diploma, 2013


  • Member, White-Collar Crime/Government Investigations Section, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Member, Charlotte Business Group
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