Lee Lowther represents consumers in complex litigation who have fallen victim to the frauds, schemes, and abuses of unscrupulous actors. For several years before joining Carney Bates & Pulliam, Lee had a wide-ranging defense practice at a respected firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. During his time as a defense lawyer, Lee learned how to attack procedural and substantive weaknesses in plaintiffs’ cases. This experience serves him well representing consumers, enabling him to spot and solve problems before they arise.
Since joining CBP, Lee has been appointed class counsel in numerous contested class actions and settlement classes. He is currently counsel to two certified classes—Torliatt v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC (N.D. Cal.) and Williams v. LoanCare, LLC (S.D. Tex.)—that claim the defendants violated state debt-collection laws by collecting fees from borrowers who made their mortgage payments online or over the phone. Lee is class counsel in two other cases making similar allegations—Caldwell v. Freedom Mortgage Corporation (N.D. Tex.) ($2.25 million settlement granted final approval) and Phillips v. Caliber Home Loans, Inc. (D. Minn.) ($5,000,000 settlement granted preliminary approval and waiting on final approval). In addition, Lee was class counsel for a nationwide class of borrowers who alleged Freedom Mortgage Corporation violated the terms of their mortgages by charging them unnecessary property-inspection fees—Cole v. Freedom Mortgage Corporation (Burl. County, NJ) ($650,000 settlement granted final approval).
In addition to his mortgage practice, Lee also has an active practice representing insureds and third-party claimants in class actions against insurance companies for underpaying what their totaled cars are worth. He was recently appointed class counsel for a settlement class where members recovered approximately 75% of the amount wrongfully withheld from their total-loss payments—Zuern v. IDS Property Casualty Insurance Co. (W.D. WA.) ($1.75 million settlement granted final approval).
Lee has also benefited from working in the courts. During law school, Lee worked as an intern for the Honorable James M. Moody Sr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. And after graduating, Lee clerked for the Honorable D.P. Marshall Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. In these roles, Lee had the benefit of working on cases during every stage of litigation, from the filing of the complaint through rulings on post-judgment motions. More importantly, Lee observed firsthand how litigation strategies succeed and fail.
During law school, Lee was chosen by faculty to join the National Trial Competition Team. He also competed in the 2012 Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Competition, where he and his partner took the award for Best Respondent’s Brief.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (J.D., High Honors); University of Arkansas at Little Rock (B.A.)
Licensed in Arkansas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, (2013)
Arkansas Bar Association; American Association for Justice