Patricia E. Lowry is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and focuses her practice on product liability and employment litigation, with expertise in pharmaceutical defense. She has more than 20 years' experience defending cases involving prescription medications, over-the-counter products and medical devices. Pat also defends consumer fraud and marketing product claims, including putative class actions, and is experienced in defending pharmaceutical whistleblower actions.

Prior to her career in private practice, Pat was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable José A. Gonzalez Jr. of the US District Court, Southern District of Florida.

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  • Serving as defense trial counsel in the pelvic mesh litigation.
  • Serving as defense trial counsel in the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation.
  • Serving as Florida defense counsel for a global healthcare company in litigation involving a birth control medication and litigation involving a birth control device.
  • Serving as Florida defense counsel for a global healthcare company in litigation involving an anti-coagulant medication.
  • Serving as Florida defense counsel for a global healthcare company in litigation involving an antibiotic medication.
  • In 2013, successfully argued for dismissal of a whistleblower qui tam False Claims Act case alleging off-label promotion of prescription medications and illegal kickbacks to physicians. Dismissal affirmed on appeal.
  • Served as Florida counsel for consolidated state court cases alleging personal injuries from the off-label administration of a medication processed through a compounding pharmacy.
  • Serving as national counsel, MDL defense liaison counsel, and a member of the trial team in the Trasylol© litigation since 2008.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a Florida state court breach of contract action relating to a significant patent infringement action regarding one of the most widely used prescription medications.
  • Served as trial counsel and Florida regional counsel in the Vioxx® litigation, receiving a defense verdict from a state court jury in Tampa, Florida in October 2007, the last case to be tried before the announcement of a global settlement.
  • Served as trial counsel, Florida counsel and a member of the national trial team in the phenylpropanolamine (PPA) litigation defense, receiving a defense verdict from a Florida state court jury in Sanford, Florida.
  • Member of the national trial team and Florida counsel in Baycol® litigation defense, managing hundreds of cases.
  • Served as Florida trial counsel and Florida regional counsel in the OxyContin® litigation defense, receiving a defense verdict in a federal trial in Tampa, Florida on a whistleblower claim brought by a former sales representative.
  • Served on the national trial team and as South Florida regional counsel to a medical device company in orthopedic bone screw litigation.
  • Served as trial counsel and Florida regional counsel for the Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust, receiving a defense verdict in a Florida state court jury trial in West Palm Beach.
  • Served as trial counsel and Florida regional counsel in the defense of blood product litigation for more than a decade, receiving a defense verdict before a federal jury in Miami.
  • Lead Florida counsel for a healthcare company in a significant market share case heard by the Supreme Court of Florida.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of a significant rollover paraplegic personal injury action against the manufacturer of vehicle safety systems.
  • Obtained numerous jury verdicts, summary judgments, and dismissals of employment cases involving claims of retaliation, sexual harassment, discrimination based on gender, age, religion, disability, and race discrimination, and Equal Pay Act claims.
  • Won defense attorneys’ fees in federal employment discrimination cases.
  • Obtained reversal by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals of an adverse jury verdict in a case tried by other counsel.


Education

  • The George Washington University, J.D., with highest honors, Order of the Coif, notes editor, The George Washington Law Review, 1981
  • University of Kentucky, B.A., with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1978

Admissions

  • Florida, 1981
  • District of Columbia, 1982

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Eleventh Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., Middle Dist. of Florida, 1987
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Florida, 1986
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Florida, 1981

Memberships and Affiliations

Professional Activities

  • Past president of the Federal Bar Association – Palm Beach Chapter
  • Serving on The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council since 2008, and in 2014 appointed as special advisor to the section
  • Teaching The Florida Bar's Civil Trial Board Certification Review Course on examination of expert and lay witnesses each year since 2012
  • Presenter at the Florida Judicial Campaign Conduct Forums for judicial candidates in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014
  • Served as a trial advocacy instructor at the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel's Trial Academy at Stanford Law School in 2006
  • Served as a trial practice instructor for the Florida regional program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Lecturer and moderator at national conferences including the ABA Section of Litigation, the American Conference Institute Drug and Medical Device seminars, DRI's Drug and Medical Device Conference, DRI's Women and the Law Conference, Mealey's, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the University of Miami Law Review Symposium, on topics including expert witnesses, preemption, class actions, consumer fraud, punitive damages, judicial ethics, social media and the law, trial advocacy, rainmaking and hot issues in drug and medical device cases
  • Panelist at the 2014 Southern District of Florida Bench Bar Conference on the topic of "Expert Witnesses – Disclosure, Daubert & Use at Trial"
  • Member of the invitation-only International Association of Defense Counsel, as well as the Defense Research Institute
  • Co-author, "Defamation in the Workplace," published in For the Defense

Community Service

  • Member and former Palm Beach County chair, Miami City Ballet Board of Trustees, 1999-present
  • Former chair, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
  • Former president and board member, March of Dimes Palm Beach Board of Directors

Recognitions

  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2018 in: Florida - Litigation: General Commercial and Nationwide - Product Liability & Mass Torts
  • Recognized in Chambers USA 2017 Edition for: Florida - Litigation: General Commercial and Nationwide - Product Liability & Mass Torts
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America 2017 West Palm Beach Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year
  • Recommended in Chambers USA 2016 Edition for Litigation: General Commercial in Florida and Liability & Mass Torts Nationwide

Professional Honors

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2007; currently serving as Vice Chair of the Florida State Committee
  • Invited Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2005, including listings for bet-the-company litigation; recognized as 2018 West Palm Beach Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law – Management
  • Named a Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers each year since 2005
  • AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating of ethical standards and legal work, for more than 20 years
  • Listed among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, a distinction honoring the most elite legal professionals in the country
  • Named as a Distinguished Attorney by the South Florida Legal Guide, 2018
  • Appointed to three separate terms as one of two lawyer members of the Supreme Court of Florida’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee; served as Chair from 2011 to 2012
  • Recognized in South Florida as the Most Effective Lawyer in the Products Liability category by the Daily Business Review in 2008
  • Selected as the Key Partner in the general legal category at the South Florida Business Journal and Citibank Key Partners Awards, 2007
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, each year since 2006, and has been listed as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida
  • Listed as a "star" in Benchmark: Litigation's national ranking of product liability lawyers
  • Listed in The Legal 500 US and Who’s Who Legal: Florida for product liability practice, as well as in the 2010 Guide to the World’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers
  • Named a top US labor and employment lawyer in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2006
  • Recognized among Florida's Legal Elite by Florida Trend each year since 2005
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide each year since 2005

Community Honors

  • Recipient of the Sidney A. Stubbs Professionalism Award by the Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Recognized as a "Woman with Wings and Wisdom" by WXEL Public Broadcasting Station, Palm Beach in 2009
  • Recipient of the March of Dimes 2009 Champions Award in Palm Beach County
  • Recipient of the Women in Leadership Award, Private Sector, by Executive Women of the Palm Beaches in 2004
  • Selected by the March of Dimes as one of its Palm Beach County Women of Distinction in 2002
  • Recipient of the Palm Beach County ATHENA Award in 2001 for professional excellence, active community service, mentoring and assisting women to reach their leadership potential
  • Honored by the March of Dimes, Florida Chapter, as Florida Volunteer of the Month

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