Then and Now: In Different Ways, Lowry Is a Fugitive Lawyer

Editor’s note: The following story appeared in the May 23 issue of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. “Then & Now” is the profile of a former member of the Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class.

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When not working, Fayetteville patent attorney Meredith Lowry, partner at Wright Lindsey Jennings, is usually on the run.

As a hobby, Lowry travels the country running half marathons. She’s at 23 states and counting and is on track to hit 26 by the end of the year.

A trip to Missoula, Montana is Lowry’s next scheduled race on June 25.

Lowry also moves from one civic engagement to the next in northwest Arkansas with regularity as an accomplished community supporter and cheerleader. His schedule has many entries, including networking, speaking engagements, fundraisers, and board meetings.

In a recent interview, the married mother of three children (ages 15, 12 and 9) said she enjoys being part of the fast pace of the region and championing many causes.

“I think Arkansas and the NWA can be on top of anything,” she said. “We have had great success in business, and I think that success could be shared throughout the community. So if I say we can do it, I have to contribute to it. That’s how I feel, at least. »

Lowry’s love for northwest Arkansas comes naturally – she grew up in Fayetteville. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a law degree from the University of Arkansas.

She said she pursued a career in the legal field to help people, especially businesses. Lowry began her career with Fayetteville-based Keisling & Pieper PLC, and the firm made her a partner in 2010. In October 2013, she joined another Fayetteville law firm, Smith Hurst, to create and develop the firm’s intellectual property practice group.

In 2014, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal included Lowry in the magazine’s annual Forty Under 40 class. In the spring of the following year, Lowry turned his practice over to Wright Lindsey Jennings, a Little Rock-based company with an office in Rogers.

She focuses her work on acquiring and licensing various aspects of intellectual property rights for businesses working in the retail sector, ranging from individual entrepreneurs to large corporations.

“I help business owners and inventors get protection for inventions they’re working on or products that are valuable to them,” she said. “They want to make sure they have the exclusive rights.”

One of Lowry’s notable cases was his work on the Broyles Law, named after former University of Arkansas football coach and athletic director Frank Broyles. Working on behalf of the Broyles family, Lowry drafted legislation creating publicity rights allowing public figures in Arkansas more control over how their likenesses are used. House Bill 1002, known as the Frank Broyles Publicity Rights Protection Act, cleared the House and Senate in May 2016, after Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed an earlier version of the bill in 2015.

Currently, Lowry’s caseload includes representing a commercial client in a 3,700-plaintiff tariff lawsuit against the U.S. government and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding Trump-era tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese products.

“It’s kind of weird going through the president’s Twitter feed and quoting them in court documents,” she joked.

Lowry actively supports the arts and technology communities through his participation in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit.

In 2018, she was named Young Woman of the Year at the 20th Annual NWA Women in Business Conference. In 2019, Lowry led Woman-Run Program by Wright Lindsey Jennings. The statewide initiative supports women and minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs through networking, mentorship, education and resources.

Throughout Arkansas, Woman-Run hosts events that feature speakers on a variety of topics that affect them, opportunities for networking and mentorship.

Lowry said the rise of livestreaming during the pandemic has heightened awareness of Woman-Run in Arkansas.

“We reached out to more community partners and found that many people are interested in supporting women in business,” she said. “There is also an opportunity to solve an access to capital problem, and we have moved that [needle] in the right direction.”

Lowry is a graduate of Leadership Arkansas and Leadership Fayetteville and has been on “The Best Lawyers in America” in patent law – a peer-reviewed survey – since 2018.

She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fayetteville City Board of Health.

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