Judge George H. Lowe
George H. Lowe was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York in February 2004. For the previous twenty-one years he had been a partner at the Syracuse firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, concentrating in white collar criminal defense and federal court civil litigation.
Judge Lowe is a graduate of Williams College and Columbia University School of Law. Following graduation from law school and service in the U.S. Army, he joined the New York City firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood as a litigation associate. Subsequently he moved to Syracuse and for five years was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District. In 1978 he was appointed as the District’s United States Attorney, in which position he served for four years.
Judge Lowe has served as President of the Onondaga County Bar Association; Chair of the Fifth Judicial District’s Committee on Character and Fitness; an Officer and Director of Legal Services of Central New York; a Director of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation; and an Officer and Trustee of the Federal Court Bar Association for the Northern District. He served two terms as a Director of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys and in 2003 was elected as the Association’s President-Elect (he was precluded from serving as President because of his elevation to the bench). In 2002 he received the New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award, and in 2003 he received the American Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division’s Pro Bono Award. In 2007 Judge Lowe was appointed as the Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association's President’s Committee on Access to Justice. That year he also was the recipient of the Onondaga County Bar Association’s Distinguished Lawyer Award.