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Houston Putnam Lowry

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Past Positions

  • Ford & Paulekas, LLP; Hartford, Connecticut 06103, Partner, January 1, 2021 – present
  • Polivy, Lowry & Clayton, LLC f/k/a Polivy, Taschner, Lowry & Clayton; Hartford, Connecticut 06103, Partner, August 2015 – December 31, 2020
  • Brown & Welsh, P.C.; Meriden, Connecticut 06450, Partner, February, 1993 – August 2015
  • Tarlow, Levy & Droney, P.C. f/k/a Tarlow, Levy, Mandell & Kostin; Farmington, Connecticut 06034, Partner, September, 1983 - February, 1993
  • University of Connecticut School of Law; Hartford, Connecticut 06105., Lecturer in International Commercial Law and International Commercial Arbitration, Spring 1990-1995; 1999-2002; Spring 2019; Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
  • U.S. District Judge William M. Acker, Jr.; Birmingham, Alabama 35203, Law Clerk, September 1982 - July 1983

Practice Areas:

  • Engaged in the general practice of commercial and corporate law, including complex commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation, computers, bankruptcy, uniform commercial code, and international law.

Published Works

He has worked on projects at the American Law Institute since 1989, including the Restatement of U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, Restatement 4th of Foreign Relations Law of the United States, Principles for a Data Economy and the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure.

He was on the drafting committee for the Connecticut Rules of Evidence.

  • “The Year in Review: Private International Law,” 55 International Lawyer 439 (2021).
  • “Revised Uniform Arbitration Act comes to the rescue,” 31 Connecticut Lawyer 18 (2021).
  • “Survey of 2019 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 93 Connecticut Bar Journal 275 (2021).
  • “Should you include an arbitration clause in your engagement agreement?” Connecticut Lawyer September/October 2018, page 26.
  • “Enforcing International Judgments” GP Solo April/May 2010 page 34.
  • “How do I get my stolen domain name back?” Connecticut CPA Magazine, July-August 2007, volume 48, page 12.
  • “Survey of 2004‑2005 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 79 Connecticut Bar Journal 131 (2005).
  • “Connecticut and International Law,” 12 ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law 575 (2006)
  • “Recent Developments in International Commercial Arbitration,” 10 ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law 335 (2004).
  • “Survey of 2002‑2003 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 77 Connecticut Bar Journal 171 (2003).
  • “Survey of 2000-2001 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 76 Connecticut Bar Journal 217 (2002).
  • “Early Implementation of the 1988 UNCITRAL Bills and Notes Convention” published as a chapter of “Legal Harmonization in the Americas: Business Transactions, Bijuralism and the OAS”, published by the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, ISBN 0-8270-4424-0, 2002.
  • “Recent Developments in the International Law of the Sea,” 35 International Lawyer 787 (2001).
  • “Survey of 1999 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 74 Connecticut Bar Journal 406 (2000).
  • “Survey of 1998 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 73 Connecticut Bar Journal 339 (1999).
  • “1996 United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Model Law on Electronic Commerce and Guide to Enactment” 5 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 433 (1999).
  • “So your client wants to engage in deep seabed mining…” 5 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 325 (1999).
  • “Survey of 1997 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 72 Connecticut Bar Journal 364 (1998).
  • “Survey of 1996 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 71 Connecticut Bar Journal 185 (1997).
  • “Survey of 1995 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 70 Connecticut Bar Journal 68 (1996).
  • “Survey of 1994 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 69 Connecticut Bar Journal 143 (1995).
  • “Survey of 1993 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 68 Connecticut Bar Journal 222 (1994).
  • “Survey of 1992 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 67 Connecticut Bar Journal 141 (1993).
  • “Survey of 1991 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 66 Connecticut Bar Journal 64 (1992).
  • “Foreign Legal Consultants in Connecticut,” 16 International Legal Practitioner 115 (1991).
  • “Survey of 1990 Developments in International Law in Connecticut,” 65 Connecticut Bar Journal 70 (1991).
  • “The United States Joins the Inter-American Arbitration Convention,” 7 Journal of International Arbitration 83 (1990).
  • “Transborder Data Flow: Public and Private International Law Aspects,” 6 Houston Journal of International Law 159 (1984).
  • “Does Computer Stored Data Constitute a Writing for the Purposes of the Statute of Frauds and the Statute of Wills?” 9 Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 93 (1982).
  • “Release of Medical Records,” Connecticut Medicine, Vol 44, No. 2, page 103 (1980).
  • “Normalization: A Revolutionary Approach,” 20 Jurimetrics Journal 140 (1979).  (Published by ABA section of Science & Technology).

Representative Cases

  • Citizens Bank of Clearwater v. Hunt, 927 F.2d 707, 1991, C.A.2 (Conn.), 1991051631
  • Bergeron v. Mackler, 623 A.2d 489, 1993, Conn., 1993090073

Professional Associations

  • American Arbitration Association’s Commercial and International Panels of Arbitrators (certified as a large complex case arbitrator and member, Prudential Policyholders Appeals Committee).
  • American Bar Association (ADR Section [Co-Chair, International Arbitration subcommittee, 1994-2000], Antitrust, International [Vice Chair of Law of the Sea Committee 1993-1994 and 1999-2001, Chair 1994-1997, Council Member 1997-1998; 2017-2023], and Science & Technology sections).
  • American Law Institute (Life member) (Members consultative committees on Uniform Commercial Code Article 4A-Wire Transfers, Uniform Commercial Code Articles 3 & 4-Bills & Notes, Restatement Third on The United States Law of International Commercial Arbitration, Restatement Third on Trusts, Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes, Transnational Insolvency: Cooperation Among the NAFTA Countries, ALI/UNIDROIT Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure, Federal Judicial Code Revision Project, Restatement Third on Agency, Restatement on Suretyship, and Restatement on International Commercial Arbitration).
  • American Society of International Law (Patron).
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator (London, England) (#11048);
  • Connecticut Bar Association (member, House of Delegates 2017-2023; ADR* [Chair: 2012-2014, Legislative Committee Chair, 1993-1995, 2000 and 2004-2006], Computer Law* [Chair 1991-1993, 1999-2000, 2001-2002, Vice Chair 1986-1989, Legislative Committee Chair 1997-1998], International Law & World Peace* [Chair 1987-1990, 1994-1997, 2005-2014 and 2020-present, Vice-Chair 1990-1994 and 1997-2005], and Commercial Law & Bankruptcy [Treasurer 1984-86, Legislative Committee Chair 1986-1998] sections).
  • Connecticut Law Revision Commission’s Advisory Committees on Uniform Commercial Code Article II-A (personal property leasing), Uniform Commercial Code Article VI (bulk sales), Connecticut Evidence Code and Connecticut Electronic Record & Signature Act.
  • District of Columbia Bar Association.
  • International Law Association (Patron) (Treasurer 2012-present; Secretary 2008-2015, Executive committee member 2006-present, Commercial Arbitration Committee [1990-2000] and International Commercial Law Committee [Chair 1990-2012]).
  • Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center (domain name dispute panel).
  • The Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn (London, England).
  • Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (London, England).
  • Freeman, City of London

Honors

  • Visiting Scholar, Yale Law School
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London
  • The Honorable Society of Gray's Inn
  • Charles A. Dana fellow in International and Comparative Law (1981)

Education

  • Cambridge University Faculty Board of Law The Old Schools, Cambridge
    • LL.B., Bachelor of Law - 00/1981
    • Honors: With Honors in International Law
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1980
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Academy of International Law, The Hague
    • Honors: Attended 1981-1982
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration - 00/1980
  • Pitzer College, Claremont, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1976
    • Major: Psychology
    • Major: Political Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1980
  • New York, 1989
  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982
  • U. S. Court of Military Appeals, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1986
  • United States Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 2003
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1994
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2020
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2020
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2020
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 2020

Pro-Bono Activities

  • American Branch of the International Law Association (2012-present)
  • Colonel Daniel Putnam Association.
  • Lawyers Without Borders, Inc. (2002-2011)
  • Avon Board of Finance, 2022-2025, Vice Chair 2022-2023
  • Avon Board of Education 2004-2005 and 2008-2019. Secretary 2009- 2011. Chair 2016-2017.