Mitchell Lowenthal

  • Lecturer in Law

Mr. Lowenthal joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton as an associate upon graduating from Cornell Law School cum laude in 1981, served as a law clerk to the Hon. Edward Weinfeld of the Southern District of New York for the 1982-83 term, and became a Cleary Gottlieb partner in 1990.

His practice largely focused on disputes arising out of the sale of securities and the purchase and sale of companies, and also included many pro bono matters, including the representation of detainees sexually abused by guards at Rikers Island. He also served as a coordinator of the Cleary Gottlieb litigation practice group and as a member of the firm’s executive committee.

Mr. Lowenthal has authored numerous articles, including in the Cornell Law Review (co-author, Special Project-Time Bars in Specialized Federal Common Law: Federal Rights of Action and State Statutes of Limitations, 65 Cornell L. Rev. 1011 (1980)), the Fordham Law Review (co-author, Modern Mass Tort Litigation, Prior-Action Depositions and Practice-Sensitive Procedure, 63 Fordham L. Rev. 989 (1995)); the George Washington Law Review (co-author, The Impropriety of Class Action Tolling for Mass Tort Statues of Limitations, 64 Geo. Wash. L. Re. 532 (1996)); and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law (co-author, State Courts Lack Jurisdiction to Hear Securities Act Class Actions, But the Frequent Failure to Ask the Right Questions Too Often Produces the Wrong Answer, 17 U. Penn. J Bus. Law 739 (2015)).

Mr. Lowenthal has also written book chapters on Jurisdiction in New York courts, on federal securities law class actions, and, most recently, the chapter entitled “Edward Weinfeld: Steadfastly Principled Judge and Warmhearted Teacher” published in Of Courtiers & Princes (University of Virginia Press 2020; Todd C. Peppers, ed.).

He is currently a Senior Counsel at Cleary Gottlieb, and, since 2016, an Aspen Ski Company Snowmass Mountain ambassador. He has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1992, and a member of the board of the Urban Justice Center (and its predecessor, the Legal Action Center for the Homeless) since 1988, and served as Board Chair of the Urban Justice Center from 1999-2015.