Abbe David Lowell (born April 28, 1952) is an American defense attorney who has represented several high-profile defendants. Lowell has represented numerous high-profile political figures, including Bob Menendez, John Edwards, Jared Kushner, Jim Wright, Dan Rostenkowski, Charles Keating, Joseph McDade, Joe Bruno, Gary Condit, and Jim Gibbons, among others.
Early life and education
Lowell was born in 1952. He graduated from Columbia University in 1974, and Columbia Law School in 1977.
Lowell worked in the U.S. Department of Justice, including a stint as an assistant to Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law Center and Columbia University. He is currently a partner at the firm of Winston & Strawn LLP. He has appeared in the media as a legal affairs expert.
Lowell was chief minority counsel to U.S. House of Representatives Democratic members during the impeachment of Bill Clinton in the Lewinsky scandal.
Lowell has defended political figures including John Edwards, Jim Wright, Dan Rostenkowski, Charles Keating, Gary Condit, former Nevada governor Jim Gibbons, former congressman Joseph McDade, lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and U.S. senator Bob Menendez.
Lowell was part of the defense of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a State Department contractor who pleaded guilty to a felony count of disclosing classified American intelligence on North Korea.
Political and civic activities
In 1982, Lowell ran unsuccessfully for the Maryland House of Delegates as a Democrat. Lowell heads the development committee and is a trustee of the Shakespeare Theatre. He also serves as vice president and general counsel of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.