Lowell is a member of the Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, with 25 years of experience in Jefferson City, Mo., and Washington, D.C. After first joining the firm in 1995, he served in Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt’s administration from 2005 to 2009 as the deputy director of revenue and then as the governor’s general counsel. In January 2009, he returned to Husch Blackwell to resume his advocacy on behalf of businesses and individuals.
Known as a savvy litigator, Lowell has represented businesses and individuals in commercial disputes and in matters before state government and has made multiple appearances before the Missouri Supreme Court in employment and constitutional cases. In 2015, Lowell convinced the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District to rewrite the ballot title on an initiative petition that will be before the voters in 2016. Lowell also has handled numerous cases in the federal and state courts challenging government action and has spearheaded the governor’s judicial appointments process. His work on behalf of manufacturing clients includes:
Lowell also has substantial experience representing clients within the Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education industry. Notably, he helped place the 2012 tobacco tax initiative on the ballot (including a trip to the Missouri Supreme Court) and obtained dismissal of a court challenge to the award of the state’s Medicaid managed-care contract. A member of Husch Blackwell’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) team, Lowell actively monitors the development of the framework for the lawful use of commercial UAS.
As Missouri’s deputy director of revenue, Lowell had responsibility for developing the state’s corporate income tax, sales and use tax, and individual income tax policies. Lowell was the primary drafter of the department’s regulations to implement 2007 legislation that was the largest tax exemption in history for Missouri’s manufacturers. He led the department’s effort to resolve (by negotiation) a $450 million, 170-party sales and use tax dispute. Lowell frequently testified on behalf of the department before legislative committees. He was a regular speaker on tax issues to groups such as the Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGC-MO) and the Missouri Public Utilities Association (MPUA).
Before moving to Missouri in 1994, Lowell spent 10 years in Washington, D.C., as a litigator and employment lawyer in two of the country’s largest law firms, a policy advisor to the Judicial Conference of the United States, and as campaign counsel to a presidential campaign.
Lowell is the managing partner of Husch Blackwell’s Jefferson City office.