Cale McDowell represents public and private companies, executives, investors, and investment fund sponsors in a broad array of engagements, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, the structuring and formation of private equity funds and other entities, offerings of debt and equity securities, and general corporate governance, securities and transactional matters. Mr. McDowell’s clients include private real estate investment funds, public and private real estate investment trusts, private equity funds, hedge funds and family offices, as well as large publicly traded operating companies, privately held companies and startup ventures in the technology, health care, energy, real estate, consumer products, retail, security, media, and financial services industries, among others.
Mr. McDowell routinely serves clients of the firm in an outside general counsel capacity, advising on general legal matters, coordinating the work of other professionals, and counseling senior management on business strategy.
Mr. McDowell is involved in both domestic and international transactions, including the representation of U.S. clients in significant cross-border transactions in the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, India, Iraq, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Singapore, South Korea, and Switzerland.
Prior to joining Jackson Walker, Mr. McDowell served as Deputy to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was one of the founders of the School of Undergraduate Studies.
Mr. McDowell is an active leader in numerous civic and community activities.
In 2016, Mr. McDowell was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and will serve as Legal Counsel to the Chamber for the 2016 calendar year.
Since 2014, Mr. McDowell has served as a member of the Board of Directors of University Federal Credit Union (UFCU). He previously served as Chairman of UFCU's Supervisory Committee. UFCU is a federal credit union with assets in excess of $1.9 billion, serving more than 195,000 members located in Central Texas and Galveston.
Mr. McDowell is or has been a member of numerous boards, advisory councils and commissions supporting the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member and currently serves as Vice Chairman and Chair Elect of the Advisory Council for the University of Texas School of Undergraduate Studies. Mr. McDowell is also a member of the advisory councils for the University of Texas Libraries and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas, a great books program based at the University of Texas. Additionally, Mr. McDowell is a member of the University of Texas System Chancellor's Council and was appointed by former UT President Bill Powers to serve on the University of Texas Development Board.
Mr. McDowell has also served on a number of search committees for deans and other senior University of Texas officials. In 2012, former UT president Bill Powers appointed Mr. McDowell as the sole alumni representative on a 14-member faculty committee to conduct a national search for a new Dean of Undergraduate Studies. In 2014, then-UT provost (and current UT president) Greg Fenves appointed Mr. McDowell to serve as a member of the national search committee for a new Vice Provost and Director of the University of Texas Libraries.
Mr. McDowell is a founding member of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, a coalition of prominent citizens founded to promote excellence, accountability and progress in Texas institutions of higher learning, a former member of the Council of the Texas Exes, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Prior to joining Jackson Walker, Mr. McDowell served as Deputy to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where his responsibilities included the design and implementation of a new core curriculum for all undergraduate students at the university, in close coordination with former UT president Bill Powers and former Dean of Undergraduate Studies Paul Woodruff. Prior to serving in that capacity, Mr. McDowell was appointed by former UT president Larry Faulkner to a Task Force on Curricular Reform (chaired by then-Dean of the UT School of Law Bill Powers), which was charged with designing elements of the university-wide core curriculum that Mr. McDowell later helped to implement as Deputy to the Dean. In recognition of Mr. McDowell's efforts, in 2010 the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System established the Cale McDowell Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Studies, which is supported by a permanent endowment created with gifts from President Powers, Dean Woodruff and numerous members of the faculty and administration of the University of Texas. Each year, the recipient of the McDowell Award is selected by a committee of faculty, staff, students and alumni after a campus-wide nomination process.
Mr. McDowell was named a 'Super Lawyers—Rising Star' (2014-2016) by Thomson Reuters.
Speeches / Publications
Mr. McDowell has written the following:
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