Abbe Lowell

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Abbe David Lowell (born c. 1952)[1] is an American defense attorney who was Chief Minority Counsel to Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives during the impeachment of Bill Clinton in the Lewinsky scandal.[2]

Lowell graduated from Columbia University 1974, and Columbia Law School in 1977.[3][4]

In 1982, Lowell ran unsuccessfully for the Maryland House of Delegates as a Democrat.[1]

Lowell worked in the U.S. Department of Justice, including a stint as an assistant to Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti.[5][when?] He has been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law Center and Columbia University.[6][when?]

Lowell has defended political figures including John Edwards,[7] Jim Wright, Dan Rostenkowski, Charles Keating,[8] and Gary Condit[9] former Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons,[10] U.S. Rep. Joseph McDade[11] and lobbyist Jack Abramoff.[2]

Lowell was part of the defense of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim,[12] and has appeared in the media as a legal affairs expert.[13]

He is currently a partner at the firm of Chadbourne & Parke.[14]

Lowell is head of the Development Committee and a Trustee of The Shakespeare Theatre and is an active member of the Jewish Community, serving as Vice President and General Counsel of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.[15]


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  2. ^ a b "A Talk with Jack Abramoff's Attorney". 2005-04-22. Archived from the original on 2005-04-23. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  3. ^ "Defense Attorney Abbe D. Lowell". Times Union. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Abbe D. Lowell". 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
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  6. ^ "Georgetown Law - Abbe David Lowell - J.D. Adjunct Faculty". Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  7. ^ "Key witness in Edwards' trial Young grilled again by defense lawyer". Fox News. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
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  9. ^ "Condit hires lawyer who aided Clinton / Abbe Lowell to advise on intern case". 2001-06-23. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  10. ^ Archibold, Randal C. (2008-11-03). "Governor of Nevada Is Cleared in an Inquiry on Gifts, His Lawyer Says". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ "McDade Seeks Specter Records To Try To Prove Conflict Of Interest". 1992-06-11. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  12. ^ Gerstein, Josh (2011-02-03). "Alleged State Department leaker fights charges - Josh Gerstein". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  13. ^ "Legal Tangle Tightens Around WikiLeaks, Julian Assange | PBS NewsHour | Dec. 7, 2010". PBS. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  14. ^ "White Collar Litigator Abbe D. Lowell Rejoins Chadbourne - Chadbourne & Parke LLP - News". 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-01-30.