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”), continue to meet and surpass client expectations. The Firm has racked 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 has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, from 2009 to the present, signifying he is in the top 5% of the lawyers in California. He has also been "A-V preeminent rated" by Martindale-Hubbel since 1998; an "A-V rating" signifies the highest competence and ethics in the profession.
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.
Recently, 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 settled a case which involved trademark infringement, unfair business practices and misappropriation of trade secret claims (Biohazard v. Greer); among many others. The firm also successfully brought a motion to Dismiss in Utah. (Puravai v. Blue Can, No. 2:18-CV-0255 2018 WL 5085711 (D. Utah Oct. 18, 2018)). In July 2019, Mr. Lowe chaired and moderated a panel of comedians, lawyers and entertainment industry guests, on behalf of CSEL, on "Comedy and the Law."
Over the course of the last few years, the Firm 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 2015, the Firm defeated an Anti-Slapp Motion and multiple Motions to Dismiss in a federal case involving the film "The Purge" (Jordan-Benel v. Universal City Studios, CV-14-5577-MWF, 2015 WL 3888149 (C.D. Cal. 2015); affirmed on appeal Jordan Benel v. Universal City Studios, 859 F. 3d 1184 (9th Cir. 2017)). The Firm has also received multiple district and appellate court decisions in its favor including the following:
i. Kabehie v. Zoland, 102 Cal. App. 4th 513 (Cal. App. 2002) (affirming grant of Motion for Judgement on the pleadings)
ii. Sepe v. Sepe-Wiesenfeld, B23687, 2013 WL 1384735 (Cal. App. 2013) (reversing dismissal)
iii. Fontana v. Harra, No. CV 12-10708 CAS, 2013 WL 990014 (C.D. Cal. 2013) (granting Motion to Dismiss)
iv. Van Dyke v. Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc., No. SACV 13-454-JST (denying Motion to Dismiss)
v. Van Dyke v. Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc., No. SACV 13-454-JST (denying second Motion to Dismiss)
vi. Van Dyke v. Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc., No. SACV 13-454-JLT (denying Motion for Judgement on the Pleadings)
vii. Van Dyke v. Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc., No. SACV 13-454-JLS, 2014 WL 12470017 (C.D. Cal. 2014) (denying Motion for Summary Judgement)
viii. Brittle v. Time Warner, Inc., 2017 WL 3047058 (E.D.Va) (denying Motion to Dismiss)
In 2014, the Firm's United States Supreme Court amicus brief, on behalf of 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 addition, in May 2016 Mr. Lowe co-chaired, with Loyola Law Professor Jay Dougherty, a panel about Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Trends for CSEL.
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). 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 (1985), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (1986), the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals (1989), and the United States Supreme Court (2014). He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law (1984), Vanderbilt University (1980), Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT (1976).