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Overview

Lowell has more than 30 years of experience navigating the intersection of business and government at both the state and federal levels.

A wide range of clients – including regulated businesses in manufacturing, aviation and healthcare; individual political candidates and political action committees (PACs); and political subdivisions – rely on Lowell’s extensive experience in administrative law; election law and political campaign finance law; as well as government contract and procurement matters. A trusted litigator, he has handled numerous cases in the federal and state courts challenging government action, and has made multiple appearances before the Missouri Supreme Court in employment and constitutional cases.

Clients appreciate Lowell’s deep background within and innate understanding of public policy. Lowell worked in Washington, DC, as a policy advisor to the Judicial Conference of the United States and as counsel to Bob Dole’s 1988 presidential election campaign. He also served as both Missouri’s Deputy Director of Revenue and general counsel to Missouri Governor Matt Blunt. Lowell has been a regular speaker on administrative law, tax and election law issues to groups such as the Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM), the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri. His proven collaborative and relationship-building skills move client goals forward.


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Services

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2020
  • BL Rankings’ The Best Lawyers in America©, Government Contracts, 2018-2021
  • 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 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 Memberships and Certifications

  • 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
  • Missouri Senate Bipartisan Apportionment Commission
  • National Association of Manufacturers

Clerkship

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

Experience

Litigation

  • Successfully appealed Missouri Department of Revenue's assessed tax on client's non-taxable airplane leasing transaction in 7-0 Missouri Supreme Court decision after Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission ruled tax was owed.
  • 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.
  • Successfully defended multi-million dollar class actions challenging violation of attorney-client privilege in detention centers.
  • Frequently litigates ballot language including successfully challenging ballot language on Missouri right-to-work initiative.
  • Successful defense of election contests seeking to remove candidates from ballots.
  • 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.

Crisis Management

  • Served as key member of the firm's COVID-19 response team, tracking rapidly changing state-by-state rules, restrictions and orders, and developing guidance on, among other matters, essential business designations.

Government Solutions

  • Frequently advises initiative petition proponents on access to ballot, including successfully placing on the ballot tobacco tax, medical marijuana and other measures.
  • As Missouri's Deputy Director of Revenue, developed state's corporate income tax, sales and use tax, and individual income tax policies. Served as primary drafter of department's regulations to implement legislation that was largest tax exemption in history for Missouri's manufacturers.
  • As Missouri's Deputy Director of Revenue, frequently testified on behalf of department before legislative committees, and led department effort to resolve – by negotiation $450 million, 170-party sales and use tax dispute.
  • Spearheaded governor's judicial appointments process.
Media Mentions | January 23, 2020
Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs (1/23/20)
News Releases | October 01, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Media Mentions | October 04, 2018
The Manufacturing Institute: NAM, Husch Blackwell, Associated Industries of Missouri to Open Doors, Open Minds on Manufacturing Day

Husch Blackwell is providing substantial support for the nation’s largest one-day celebration of manufacturing, which focuses on showing young people, parents and educators the opportunities a career in manufacturing offers.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Media Mentions | June 24, 2018
This Week in Missouri Politics: 6/24/18 (VIDEO)

Lowell Pearson talks about the legality of the appointment of a lieutenant governor in Missouri.

Media Mentions | June 22, 2018
KSMU-FM: To Appoint, or Not to Appoint a Lt. Governor: a Missouri Question for Nearly 50 Years

Lowell Pearson talks about the legality of the appointment of a lieutenant governor in Missouri.

Media Mentions | June 18, 2018
Associated Press: GOP state senator appointed Missouri lieutenant governor.

Lowell Pearson talks about the legality of the appointment of Missouri's new lieutenant governor.

Media Mentions | March 06, 2018
Columbia Missourian: Petition regulations raise questions about access to democracy

Lowell Pearson comments on the fees petition filers would need to pay under a proposed Missouri House of Representatives bill.

Outside the Office

Lowell’s border collie, Ruby, is a prize-winning competitor.

Award-winning Ruby won her first blue ribbon in the 2018 Show Me Agility Dog Trials after months of training with Lowell on their backyard agility course. Ruby competed against other dogs and an elaborate scoring system to conquer 15 obstacles and finish as the champion.

Community Leadership

Lowell serves on the legal team offering pro bono legal counsel on civil matters to Samaritan Center participants. For more than three decades, the agency has provided food, clothing, medical and dental care, tax assistance, holiday programs, family support, legal care and other assistance across six Missouri counties.

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