Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ashley Madison customers revealed: Craig Lowell, attorney at Birmingham's Wiggins Childs employment-discrimination firm, appears at cheating Web site

Craig Lowell
An attorney at Alabama's largest employment-discrimination firm is among paying customers at the Ashley Madison (AM) extramarital-affairs Web site, records show.

Craig Lowell, of the Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fisher and Goldfarb firm, appears on the Alabama list for AM. Lowell graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1990 and earned a law degree from Washington and Lee in 1993.

Wiggins Childs, probably the best-known firm in Alabama for representing plaintiffs in employment-discrimination case, was the firm for Gadsden resident Lilly Ledbetter in her historic case against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Gadsden. Evidence showed Ledbetter and other women at the plant consistently were paid less than their male counterparts.

Ledbetter won a $4-million judgment at the trial-court level, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned that decision on a procedural issue, drawing outrage from many women's-rights and equal-pay advocates. Significant evidence indicates Ledbetter's lawyers from Wiggins Childs screwed up her case on appeal.

Ledbetter might have won in the end because her case led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in January 2009. In fact, that was one of Obama's first acts as president.

While Wiggins Childs is known for employment-discrimination cases, its work is not limited to that area. Lowell's specialties include class-action cases, dangerous and defective products, environmental law, mass torts, personal injury/wrongful death, and whistleblower/qui tam.

Lowell's marital status is unclear, based on the records available to us. He lives at 930 31st St. South in Birmingham, and property records show he and Allison W. Lowell jointly owned that property from at least 2007 until 2013. Starting in 2014, her name disappears from the property records. The home has an appraised value of $426,300.

Were they married and got divorced in 2013-14? That appears to be the case, but we are not certain about it. Allison W. Lowell is an attorney, and information on the Web indicates she worked at one point for Maynard Cooper and Gale in Birmingham. She no longer appears as a member of the Alabama State Bar, and her whereabouts are unknown to us at the moment.

We sought comment from Craig Lowell for this article, but he has not responded.


Article with links to 1-20 in Ashley Madison series

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Anonymous said...

I have to wonder how these lawyers get any work done while they are trolling on Ashley Madison.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they don't do much real work. The probably shuffle lot of papers and such, but they likely know most cases are fixed from the outset. That takes any real work out of it.

Anonymous said...

I hear Dennis Pantazis is prone to kiss Bob Riley's ass.

legalschnauzer said...

You are right about that, @3:09. There are many ties between Wiggins Childs and Bham firm Gordon Dana Gilmore. Nikki Gordon Still, of the Gordon firm, has worked with Pantazis on a bunch of cases, and she was appointed a Jeffco judge by Bob Riley. She couldn't win an election, kept losing to black Democrats, so she finally gave up and went back to private practice. But Pantazis and others at Wiggins Childs did everything they could to cover up Riley corruption, in hopes Nikki Still would keep her judicial seat.

Anonymous said...

Doctor: You're fat

Craig Lowell: I want a second opinion

Doctor: OK, you're ugly, too.

Anonymous said...

I've had some experience with Wiggins Childs. They want you to think they are progressive champions of the little man, but they aren't nearly as progressive as they want you to believe. They will cave to corporations if that's what they think is best for the firm.