Senior Attorney & Managing Partner
With more than 30 years of experience, Steven T. Lowe is one of the entertainment industry's preeminent attorneys. Known for, among other things, his groundbreaking work in the field of copyright law, his firm's devotion to advancing the interests of artists, creators, writers, filmmakers, and producers (among others), Mr. Lowe and the firm, Lowe & Associates (the “Firm”), continues to meet and surpass client expectations. The Firm continues to rack up rave testimonials from its clients with each case the Firm resolves.
As Managing Partner of Lowe & Associates, Mr. Lowe oversees all matters involving entertainment transactions and litigation including: intellectual property (copyright and trademark) matters, business formation, contracts, and cases involving unfair business practices.
Mr. Lowe is also a proud founding member, and current President, of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (CSEL) (2013), a not for profit corporation of attorneys dedicated to artists' rights.
Over the past year, Mr. Lowe has been successful in settling numerous lawsuits including an “idea theft” case involving the television series “The Mick,” after defeating a Motion for Summary Judgment by FOX in November 2018 (Lewis v. Fox); and a case which involved trademark infringement, unfair business practices and misappropriation of trade secret claims (Biohazard v. Greer); among many others. The Firm also prevailed in 2018 in connection with an employment law matter brought in front of the Labor Commissioner on behalf of an entertainment industry client (Kruper v. McCann), and successfully brought a motion to dismiss in Utah (Puravai v. Blue Can). In addition, in July 2018, Mr. Lowe organized and moderated a panel for CSEL regarding “Rights of Publicity.” Furthermore, in July 2018, Mr. Lowe's groundbreaking article “Death of Copyright 3: The Awakening” was published in the Los Angeles Lawyer.
Over the course of the last few years, Lowe & Associates has won numerous motions, including multiple motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss (in both state and federal court), motions to strike, and an anti-SLAPP motion. For example, in June 2017, the Firm (along with appellate counsel) was instrumental in obtaining an important appellate decision whereby a decision in favor of plaintiff in an Anti-SLAPP motion was affirmed by the 9th Circuit. (see, Jordan Benel v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 859 F.3d 1184 (2017)). In June 2015 concerning the same case, Lowe & Associates successfully defended numerous dispositive motions filed by defendants. The firm has also received multiple federal court decisions in favor of its clients including Van Dyke v. Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. (2014), Benel v. Universal Studios, Inc. (2015) and GeoData v. APPF (2016). WestLaw citations to be provided.
In 2014, the Firm's United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) amicus brief, on behalf of the organization Mr. Lowe co-founded, California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (CSEL), rocked the legal world in a very public victory against a major studio in Petrella v. MGM, 134 S.Ct. 1962 (2014). His article, coauthored with a colleague, about the case: "Raging Bull Impales Hollywood Circuit" was published in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals.
In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Lowe served as a panelist and chair for the Beverly Hills Bar Association's seminars entitled "Death of Copyright" and "Death of Copyright: The Sequel" (named after his articles of he same name). The articles examine the glaring inconsistencies within copyright law and have become required reading at UCLA Law School (copyright and entertainment classes). In addition, in May 2016 Mr. Lowe co-chaired a panel about Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Trends for CSEL. Mr. Lowe's earlier published articles include: “Drafting Tips for Transactional Attorneys,” Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals (March 2010); “Royal Treatment,” Los Angeles Lawyer (June 2006); “Credit Where Credit Is Due,” Los Angeles Lawyer (December 2004); and “Pre-emptive Strike,” Los Angeles Lawyer (March 2003).
Mr. Lowe is admitted to practice in the State of California, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (including its attorney referral panel).