Senior Attorney & Managing Partner
Steven T. Lowe is the Managing Partner of Lowe & Associates, wielding over 30 years of experience as an attorney practicing in California. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1980, Mr. Lowe earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Connecticut, receiving the Nathan Burkan Memorial Award in Copyright Law. Mr. Lowe was immediately admitted to practice in New York (1984) and California (1985). He has also been admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1986), United States District Court for the Central District of California (1986), Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals (1989), and the U.S. Supreme Court (2014).
Mr. Lowe started the Law Offices of Steven T. Lowe in 1991. In 2013, the firm became Lowe & Associates, with a team of aggressive lawyers focusing on dispute resolution and crisis management. Mr. Lowe oversees all matters involving entertainment transactions and litigation, intellectual property (copyright and trademark), business formation, contracts, and resolving business and entertainment disputes.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lowe has handled many high-profile cases and obtained many successful outcomes for his clients. See, Representative Cases.
Mr. Lowe has also made numerous significant contributions to the scholarship surrounding intellectual property issues in the entertainment industry. In 2003, he was featured in The Los Angeles Lawyer's 19th Annual Entertainment Law Issue as the author of an article on copyright law, which has been cited by judges and law review authors alike. Mr. Lowe also authored articles for the Los Angeles Lawyer in 2004 (“Credit Where Credit Is Due”) and 2006 (“Royal Treatment”), appearing on the cover of the latter. In March 2010, an article he wrote entitled “Drafting Tips for Transactional Attorneys” appeared in both the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals.
Mr. Lowe made additional waves in the entertainment industry in November of 2010, when he published a controversial and widely-discussed article entitled “Death of Copyright”, which has been made required reading at UCLA Law School. In October of 2011, Mr. Lowe served as a panelist for a seminar entitled “Death of Copyright?” held by the Beverly Hills Bar Association based upon his article. He then published a follow-up article in The Computer and Internet Lawyer entitled “Death of Copyright, the Sequel,” which was again made the subject of a seminar by the Beverly Hills Bar Association held on May 15, 2013.
In addition to his written contributions to the legal field, Mr. Lowe has served as a judge for the 14th Annual Pepperdine University School of Law National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition in November 2011, 2012 and most recently in 2013; as well as the 10th Annual ABA Section of Labor & Employment Student Trial Advocacy which took place at Southwestern Law School on November 16, 2013. He has also taught seminars for the California Lawyers for the Arts (January 2012 and January 2013) on business entities, defamation, and rights of privacy and publicity for artists. On October 2, 2014, Mr. Lowe was one of the few distinguished speakers before the Pennsylvania Bar Association speaking on legal trends in entertainment law.
In 2013, Mr. Lowe co-founded and is the current sitting President of the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers (CSEL), which is a non-profit, non-partisan, professional organization of attorneys representing authors, screenwriters, songwriters, and other creators of intellectual property in the entertainment industry. CSEL seeks to balance the influence of the international conglomerates within the television, film and music industries through education, public-policy advocacy, legislation and litigation. Many prominent Los Angeles attorneys have become active members of CSEL. In May of 2016, Mr. Lowe was a featured panelist for CSEL (along with Jay Dougherty and Robert Helfing) concerning the state of copyright law.
CSEL has assisted copyright plaintiff Paula Petrella in obtaining a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court for her case against MGM and Fox concerning Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film “Raging Bull.” The case was decided in favor of the Plaintiff by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014. As a result, Mr. Lowe is now a member and officer of the United States Supreme Court.
Over the past few years, Mr. Lowe and his team have been successful in bringing or defending countless motions. For example, Lowe LeFan successfully defended numerous dispositive motions filed by defendants in the copyright infringement case surrounding the hit, “The Purge”, which was affirmed by the 9th Circuit in June of 2017.
Mr. Lowe has consistently met the stringent requirements for admission by the Los Angeles County Bar Association on each of the following referral panels:
- Entertainment Litigation
- Intellectual Property (Copyright and Trademark)
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Business Formation
- Business Contracts
- Unfair Trade Practices
- Business Litigation