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Lowell Pearson

Lowell Pearson

Office Managing Partner
Jefferson City
office: 573.761.1115
fax: 573.634.7854
Overview

Lowell has 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:

  • Negotiating resolution of a state and local tax audit with the Missouri Department of Revenue for a leading producer of metal products and continuing to advise it on tax policy.
  • Securing a $60 million contract for Securus Technologies to provide phone service to the Missouri Department of Corrections.
  • Serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the State’s largest organization of manufacturers.

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.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Government Contracts, 2018-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Missouri Lawyers Awards, Influential Lawyers, 2017
  • The Missouri Times Magazine, "50 Political Pros You Need to Know," 2017

Education

  • J.D., Stanford Law School
    • Stanford Law Review, associate editor
  • LL.M., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
    • Dispute Resolution
    • ABA/ACR James Boskey Award
  • B.S., University of Utah
    • magna cum laude
    • Political Science
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • District of Columbia

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar, Uniform Law Committee, chair, 2009-present; Taxation Law Committee, vice chair, 2005-2010
  • Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors, 2016
  • Missouri Senate Bipartisan Apportionment Commission
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, commissioner, 2009-present

Clerkships

The Hon. Duane Benton, Supreme Court of Missouri, 1994-1995

Experience
  • Negotiated resolution of a state and local tax audit with the Missouri Department of Revenue for a leading producer of metal products and continuing to advise it on tax policy.
  • Secured a $60 million contract for Securus Technologies Inc. to provide phone service to the Missouri Department of Corrections. A competitor challenged the award but Securus prevailed at trial in the Cole County Circuit Court.
  • In two separate cases, obtained summary judgment preventing certification of unions, each with more than 13,000 home-care workers.
  • Appeared before the Missouri Supreme Court in a main case permitting associations to bring constitutional challenges on behalf of their members.
  • Won the largest attorneys’ fee award in history against the Missouri Department of Revenue.
  • Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the award of the largest contract in the history of the state of Missouri. Client’s competitor and unsuccessful bidder challenged the contract award in circuit court. Over the course of five weeks, we intervened, took complete discovery, prevailed in an evidentiary hearing opposing a motion for preliminary injunction, and obtained a judgment dismissing the case.
  • Defended two cases that sought to block an initiative petition proposed by client from appearing on Missouri’s November 2012 general election ballot. In the first case, opponents of the measure challenged the summary statement, fiscal note summary and fiscal note of the proposed initiative and the constitutionality of the statute directing the state auditor to compile fiscal notes. The Circuit Court of Cole County ruled in favor of client on all claims and the case was appealed directly to the Missouri Supreme Court. Following expedited briefing and oral argument, on July 31 the Missouri Supreme Court affirmed the Circuit Court, thereby denying all claims asserted by the opponents of the measure. In the second case, opponents sought a writ of mandamus preventing the secretary of state from certifying client’s initiative petition for the November election. The Circuit Court initially issued a preliminary writ against the secretary. In just three days, we intervened in the case and obtained an order quashing the preliminary writ and a judgment sustaining our motion to dismiss.
  • As general counsel to Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, co-authored a U.S. Supreme Court brief in Kennedy v. Louisiana on behalf of the governor and members of the Missouri General Assembly.
Community Leadership
  • Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health, chair, 2008-2010