Mara LowensteinD. Mara Lowenstein advises both businesses and individuals on a variety of matters. With significant expertise in negotiation and contract drafting, Ms. Lowenstein is able to act as both a trusted counselor to individuals as well as an outsourced general counsel to a variety of businesses. Ms. Lowenstein focuses on maximizing profits while minimizing legal expenditures.

Ms. Lowenstein is a generalist with expertise in litigation management, contract drafting and contract negotiation. She has drafted and negotiated a variety of agreements for both businesses and individuals ranging from employment/non-disclosure/non-compete agreements to commercial leases. Ms. Lowenstein’s approach to the law is holistic; she firmly believes that the relationship between legal advisor and small/medium-sized business owner or individual requires both personalized attention and an ability to think expansively and creatively. She knows that the right legal counsel is a critical tool in every business owner’s toolbox. Ms. Lowenstein has represented a variety of businesses from offshore wind developers to restaurants. If Ms. Lowenstein does not have the required expertise, she will access her extensive network of solo practitioners and small law firms to find the appropriate counsel to assist. The focus is always on getting the client sound personalized legal advice.

Ms. Lowenstein previously founded Obeid & Lowenstein, LLP with Fran Obeid, a fellow University of Michigan college graduate. Prior to that, Ms. Lowenstein was the General Counsel & Vice President of the New York Branch of SANPAOLO IMI S.p.A., and then its successor, the New York Branch of Intesa Sanpaolo S.P.A. (both Italian banks). As the Branch’s General Counsel, Ms. Lowenstein had responsibility for responding to all corporate litigation matters and supervising outside counsel, but her primary responsibility was to negotiate all of the documentation related to the bank’s corporate lending activities. Her secondary responsibilities included the negotiating of all types of contracts for the bank including those for consulting services, data recovery, data storage, licensing, servicing, real estate and supplies/equipment.

As General Counsel, Ms. Lowenstein’s particular achievements include a conflict review (pre-merger with Intesa), personally negotiating dismissal with prejudice from “deep pocket” litigation; joining the branch in contingency fee litigation, which led to a net 30% plus recovery on an asset that had a devaluation to 6% of original loan amount; successful petition to the United States Department of Justice for return of approximately $118 MM in forfeited funds (proceeds of a fraud committed against a predecessor of the bank in Italy); and chairing an Unsecured Creditors Committee in Chapter 11 proceedings (Delaware).

Ms. Lowenstein is a graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. In law school, Ms. Lowenstein was an intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she assisted a Senior Trial Attorney in a groundbreaking employment-based race discrimination case. Ms. Lowenstein was also a member of the law school’s nationally recognized mock trial team for two years in a row, and, in 1995, she was a member of the two-person team that won the ACTL Midwest championships and went on to become a quarter-finalist at nationals. Upon graduation, Ms. Lowenstein was awarded both the Lewis F. Powell Medal for Excellence in Advocacy and the Milton F. Napier Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Prior to entering law school Ms. Lowenstein spent a number of years working with BMG (a major media organization).

Ms. Lowenstein has been interviewed by Fuji TV regarding the issuance of subpoenas by the New York State Attorney General and by The Wall Street Journal regarding a settlement of alleged wage/hour violations. 

Ms. Lowenstein is admitted to practice in New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 

photograph by Allan Baillie