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Another notch on Abbe Lowell’s belt

By Laurie Bennett

June 1, 2012 at 8:20am

While it wasn’t a complete victory, the end of the John Edwards trial Thursday marked another win for defense attorney Abbe Lowell.

A partner at Chadbourne and Parke, Lowell has staked a niche in representing politicians in trouble.

A sub-specialty is political sex scandal. Lowell was the lead attorney for former presidential candidate John Edwards, who was prosecuted on charges that he illegally took campaign contributions to cover up an extramarital affair.

The trial ended Thursday with an acquittal on one charge and mistrial on the five other charges.

Lowell’s most famous client was former President Bill Clinton, whom he defended against impeachment proceedings.

Lowell also represented John Ensign, who resigned from the Senate in the wake of an ethics investigation of his affair with the wife of a top aide.

Another client was former Rep. Gary Condit, who lost his re-election bid in 2002 after widespread publicity about his affair with intern Chandra Levy.

Not every politico seeking Lowell’s help has been embroiled in sex scandal. Some have faced allegations of bribery, fraud and ethical violations.

Clients from outside the beltway have included actor Steven Seagal and rapper Sean Combs.

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