Claudia J. Lowder was born in Washington, D.C. on February 27, 1955, and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. (with Highest Distinction) from the University of Virginia in 1977, where she was an Echols Scholar; her M.A. in philosophy from Cornell University in 1982, where she was a recipient of the Susan Linn Sage Fellowship; and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1986, where she was a civil procedure teaching assistant for Professor Robert M. Cover. Ms. Lowder worked summers during law school at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and the City Corporation Counsel’s Office, both in New York City.

After law school, Ms. Lowder held positions as a staff attorney for the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Direct Criminal Appeals Division (1991-1993) and as a short-term research attorney for the California Supreme Court, Civil Central Staff (1998), but spent most of those years as a full-time mother and community volunteer. In September 1999, she became an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop specializing in complex civil litigation, antitrust and telecommunications law.

Ms. Lowder joined Evans, Latham & Campisi in September 2001, where she now specializes in trust and estate litigation. She served as a CEB panelist for “Estate Litigation: Strategies for Ending the Family Feud” in 2004, and received a certificate in mediation training in 2005. She has also co-authored several articles and annual updates for CEB, California Trust & Probate Litigation. Her published opinions include Bradley v. Gilbert (2009) 172 Cal.App.4th 1058 and Estate of Mooney (2008) 109 Cal.App.4th 654.

Ms. Lowder was admitted to practice in California in 1993, and to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, in 2002. She is a member of the American Bar Association, California State Bar Association, and San Francisco Bar Association, including its probate litigation subcommittee.

Ms. Lowder’s publications include:

  • Co-author, “Freezing Intent: Disputes over IVF,” American Bar/Florida Bar Conference, Tampa, FL (November, 2004)
  • Co-author: “The New Alchemy: Hasso v. Hasso and Converting Principal into Income Under the Revised UPIA.” California Trusts & Estates Quarterly (Spring, 2008)
  • Co-author, “Heirs in the Freezer: Bronze Age Biology Confronts Technology,” ACTEC Law Journal (Summer, 2010)
  • Co-author of annual updates for California Trust & Probate Litigation, Continuing Education of the Bar (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011)

Claudia lives in Mill Valley, California, and has two grown children.