1700 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

202 282 5875

National Practice Area Star

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Practice areas:

Dispute resolution
Professional liability
White collar crime

Abbe David Lowell is one of the nation’s leading white collar defense and trial lawyers. His practice focuses on litigation, complex investigations, and regulatory enforcement. In his wide-ranging career, Abbe has represented numerous high-profile corporate and individual clients and provided counsel in matters of national and international importance. He has successfully tried numerous complex civil and criminal cases throughout the United States, and has briefed and argued dozens of appeals before federal and state appeals courts and before the United States Supreme Court. His high-profile clients have included national and international companies (Goldman Sachs, Intuit, GNC, Star Scientific, Bank Hapoalim, Pemex), public officials (Governors Jim Gibbons and George Pataki, Senators Robert Torricelli, John Ensign, John Edwards, and Robert Menendez; Reps. Gary Condit, Charlie Wilson, Walter Fauntroy, Harold Ford, Bill Boner, Jim Weaver, Austin Murphy, and Joe McDade, NY Majority Leader Joe Bruno and Puerto Rico Senator Hector Martinez, former Venezuelan UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez), international organizations (U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights), state and local governments (City of Alexandria, Virginia), government lobbyists (Jack Abramoff; former AIPAC official Steve Rosen), businessmen (Ruel Hamilton, Fernando Scherrer, Victor Restis, Gene Phillips, Tom Gaubert, Aubrey McClendon, and Sam Waksal), actors (Steven Seagal, Sean Combs) and others.

Abbe has been counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives twice, including serving as Chief Minority Counsel during impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and before that, as special ethics counsel to the House Committee of Standards of Official Conduct (Ethics Committee). From 1994 to 1996, he was appointed as Special Counselor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in the investigation and prosecution of human rights violations, war crimes  and other human rights projects in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Abbe has also served at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1977 to 1981 as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General and Special Assistant to the Attorney General.

Abbe has been recognized by various publications ranging from The National Law Journal to Chambers USA as one of the most influential and most successful attorneys in the United States. He has written articles on legal issues and current political events that have been widely published. He has also written op-ed pieces for newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and Roll Call, as well as articles for legal publications and websites, such as Business Crimes Bulletin, American Criminal Law Review,, The National Law Journal and Legal Times. Abbe wrote the chapter, “The Penal System Is Broken,” for Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, a book edited by Larry King.   He also teaches and is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and Georgetown Law School.

Columbia University, A.B. (1974) J.D., (1977)

Last Updated September 2019