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White Collar Litigator Abbe D. Lowell Rejoins Chadbourne & Parke

NEW YORK - The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP has announced that nationally renowned, high-profile criminal and civil litigator and trial attorney Abbe D. Lowell has rejoined the firm as a partner, splitting his time between Washington, D.C., and New York.

Lowell returns to Chadbourne to head its White Collar Defense and Special Litigation and Investigations Group, a position he held from 2003 to 2007 and which he held at McDermott Will & Emery's D.C. office for the last several years.  

Lowell is one of the nation's leading white collar defense and trial attorneys. He has an impressive track record of successfully representing companies and individuals in complex investigations, criminal and civil trials, appeals and congressional and agency investigations across the United States.  

Within the past few months Lowell tried a 30-day federal criminal trial in Puerto Rico, litigated an appeal in New York, argued a freedom of information case in California, testified before congressional committees about proposed changes to the Espionage Act (and issues raised by the release of confidential information by Wiki Leaks) as well as the Honest Services Criminal Act (after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated that statute), and chaired a widely attended program at Washington's Newseum on the First Amendment and criminal prosecutions.

Lowell has successfully tried dozens of high profile criminal and civil jury cases throughout the country.  The criminal cases involved charges of public corruption, securities fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mail and wire fraud, election law violations, conspiracy and money laundering.  His civil cases included claims of breach of contract and fiduciary duty, unfair trade and business practices, employment discrimination and civil rights violations, securities fraud, negligence and civil RICO claims.  

In addition to his representation of private clients, Lowell was appointed chief investigative minority counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives for the impeachment of President Clinton; special counselor to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva; and special counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee.  Before entering private practice, he held various positions in the Department of Justice, including special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General and special assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C.

Lowell has also briefed and argued more than two dozen federal or state court appeals, including arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He represents and prepares individuals and businesses called before grand juries and Congressional committees, or summoned to provide other testimony as witnesses, and has counseled numerous clients in state attorney general, office of inspector general and other federal agency inquiries.

Lowell provides advice on the law, ethics and strategy concerning clients' dealings with the federal government.  He has also represented more than 35 elected officials or their campaign committees, providing advice under the Federal Election Commission Act, the Ethics in Government Act, and other similar rules and regulations governing campaign contributions, filing of election forms, filing of financial disclosure information and gifts.

He also teaches criminal procedure, evidence, and trial practice at Columbia Law School and Georgetown Law School and has contributed numerous articles to law reviews, legal newspapers and daily newspapers.

Chadbourne & Parke LLP has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Mexico City, São Paulo, London, Moscow, Warsaw, Kyiv, Almaty, Dubai and Beijing. For more information, visit