Editor’s note: The following story appeared in the May 23 issue of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. Then and Now is a profile of a former member of the Forty Under 40 class in the Business Journal.
When she’s not working, Fayetteville’s patent attorney, Meredith Lowry, a partner at Wright’s Lindsay Jennings, usually runs away.
As a hobby, Lowry travels around the country, participating in half marathons. It is in 23 states and is counted and is about to reach 26 by the end of the year.
A trip to Missoula, Mont., Is Lowry’s next scheduled race on June 25th.
Lowry also moved from one civic engagement to the next in Northwest Arkansas on a regular basis as a perfect supporter and cheerleader of the community. Her schedule has many recordings, including networking, speaking engagements, fundraising and board meetings.
In a recent interview, the married mother of three (aged 15, 12 and 9) said she agreed to be part of the region’s busy pace and stand up for many causes.
“I think Arkansas and the NWA can be on top of everything,” she said. “We have seen great success in business and I think this success can be shared throughout the community. So if I say we can do this, I have to help with that. At least that’s how I feel. “
Lowry’s love for Northwest Arkansas comes naturally – she grew up in Fayetteville. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and a law degree from the University of Arkansas.
She said she has made a career in the legal field to help people, especially businesses. Lowry began her career at Fayetteville Keisling & Pieper PLC, and the company hired her as a partner in 2010. In October 2013, she joined another Fayetteville law firm, Smith Hurst, to set up and build a practice group. the intellectual property of the company.
In 2014, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal included Lowry in the annual class of Forty Under 40 magazine. In the spring of the following year, Lowry began his internship at Wright Lindsay Jennings, a Little Rock-based company with an office in Rodgers.
She focuses her work on acquiring and licensing various aspects of intellectual property rights for companies operating in retail space, ranging from individual entrepreneurs to large companies.
“I help business owners and inventors get protection for inventions they work on or products that are valuable to them,” she said. “They want to make sure they have exclusive rights.”
One of Lowry’s notable cases is her work on the Broils Act, named after former football coach and athletic director of the University of Arkansas Frank Broils. Working on behalf of the Broils family, Lowry drafted legislation creating publicity rights that allowed public figures in Arkansas more control over how their likenesses are used. Bill 1002 of the House of Representatives, known as the Frank Broyles Rights Protection Act, cleared both the House of Representatives and the Senate in May 2016 after Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed an earlier version of the bill in 2015. .
Lowry’s case now involves representing a business client in a $ 3,700 tariff lawsuit against the U.S. government and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative over $ 300 billion in tariffs on Trump-era Chinese products.
“It’s a little weird to watch the president’s Twitter show and quote them in court documents,” she joked.
Lowry actively supports the arts and technology communities through her participation in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Northwest Arkansas Technology Meeting.
In 2018, she was named Young Woman of the Year at the 20th Annual NWA Business Women’s Conference. In 2019, Lowry headed A Wright Lindsay Jennings program that runs away from a woman. The state initiative supports companies and entrepreneurs owned by women and minorities through networking, mentoring, education and resources.
The Arkansas Woman-Run hosts events that include speakers on a variety of related topics, networking opportunities and mentoring.
Lowry said the increase in live broadcasts during the pandemic contributed to the promotion of Woman-Run in Arkansas.
“We have attracted more partners from the community and we have seen that many people are interested in supporting women in business,” she said. “There is also an opportunity to solve a problem with access to capital and we have moved it [needle] in the right direction. ”
Lowry is a graduate of Leadership Arkansas and Leadership Fayetteville and has been named “America’s Best Lawyers” in patent law – a peer-reviewed study – since 2018.
She is a board member of the Bentonville Chamber of Commerce and the Fayetteville City Health Council.