Abbe Lowell Jumps Ship from Norton Rose to Winston & Strawn


• Lowell is known for representing high-profile individuals like Jared Kushner
• Left Norton Rose at same time as 15 other attorneys who decamped to Reed Smith


White collar defense attorney Abbe D. Lowell joined Winston & Strawn’s Washington and New York offices May 23, the firm announced.

Lowell is joining the nearly 1000-attorney firm’s white collar, regulatory defense, and investigations practice from Norton Rose Fulbright, where he served as co-head of the U.S. regulations, investigations, securities and compliance practice.

He joined Winston & Strawn because he was “beginning to experience more and more conflicts and challenges” in the 4,000-person firm, Lowell told Bloomberg Law May 23.

Norton Rose combined with Chadbourne & Parke in 2017.

Lowell’s departure from Norton Rose coincides with 15 other defections from the firm. Reed Smith nabbed 15 attorneys to join its Life Sciences Health Industry Group, it announced May 23.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Managing Partner Daryl Lansdale said in a statement sent to Bloomberg Law that the firm wishes Lowell well “in his future endeavors.”

The firm’s “healthcare regulatory and litigation teams are strong as a result of our considerable depth, and we stand committed to these important practice areas,” Lansdale said of the 15-attorney move.

High-Profile Clients

Lowell is known for representing high-profile individuals. He’s currently representing President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner in the investigation of alleged Russian collusion during the Trump campaign, a Winston & Strawn press release said.

He’s also represented Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), former Congressman Gary Condit (D-Calif.), former democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards, former N.Y. Senate member Joe Bruno, and former Illinois Congressman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill).

But he has three times as many clients who haven’t made the news as those who have, Lowell told Bloomberg Law.

He uses the same factors to determine whether to accept representation for every client.

The client has to have issues he knows how to handle, and has to be a person he can “establish a good working relationship with,” Lowell said.

It’s always more challenging to represent a high-profile client “because every action you take or don’t take gets subjected to scrutiny and uninformed criticism,” he said.

But “it gives me the opportunity to stretch my legal muscles,” Lowell said.

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