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Charles Lynn Lowder

Charles Lynn Lowder

Practice areas:

Franchising, Contracts & Agreements, Federal Regulation, Litigation

  • Park Ridge, IL

About Me

Lynn has an extensive, diversified background to include business leadership and management, law and the military. An experienced trial attorney and law firm executive, he has held leadership positions in several companies, to include: General Counsel-Mail Boxes, Etc., Chief Operating Officer-Colt’s Manufacturing (Colt Firearms), Chief Operating Officer-Submarina, Inc., Chief Executive Officer-Everest, LLC, Chief Operating Officer-2Toots Train Whistle Grill® and President-Recon6 Consultants.


 


Lynn is a dedicated advocate on veterans' issues to include: VA educational - healthcare benefits, PTSD, veteran employment, small business and veterans' advocacy initiatives. A past Director of Military and Veteran Services (University of Central Missouri), he was responsible for the ongoing support of all active-duty military and military veteran students. Foundational priorities were: education, mental wellness and job placement. *Under his leadership, UCM was recognized by the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri Veterans Commission as a leading veteran-supportive university.


 


Voluntarily enlisting in the USMC, Lynn went on to serve as an infantry officer and later as a JAG officer. A  decorated combat veteran, he served as a team leader with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company (Special Operations) in South Vietnam. His combat experience is profiled in two books: First Force Recon Company - Sunrise at Midnight by Dr. Bill Peters and Inside Force Recon - Recon Marines in Vietnam by Michael Lee Lanning and Ray William Stubbe. His post-Marine Corps civilian accomplishments are profiled in the book, Above & Beyond: Former Marines Conquer the Civilian World by Rudy Socha and Carolyn Darrow.


 


Lynn is an author, career/life coach, motivational speaker and past board member of for-profit/non-profit entities.


 


Specialties: Business Management (Operations, Administration, Sales, Legal Compliance); Military Veteran Issues/Advocacy; Motivational Speaker (Character and Leadership)

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Languages Spoken: French

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Practice Areas

  1. Franchising: 70%
    16 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    32 years
  3. Litigation: 5%
    35 years
  4. Federal Regulation: 5%
    16 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

2 Toots Train Whistle Grill

106 South Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL, 60068

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILVoluntarily Inactive198008/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum1996
Navy Commendation MedalUSA - United States Marine Corps - Republic of Philippines Disaster Relief1973
Silver Star MedalUSA - United States Marine Corps - Republic of South Vietnam (1968-69)1969
Bronze Star Medal w/combat "v"USA - United States Marine Corps - Republic of South Vietnam (1968-69)1969
Purple HeartUSA - United States Marine Corps - Republic of South Vietnam (1968-69)1969
Combat Action RibbonUSA - United States Marine Corps - Republic of South Vietnam (1968-69)1969
Vietnamese Cross of GallantryRepublic of South Vietnam - (1968-69)1969

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
COO & CCO2TOOTS Train Whistle Grill2013 - Present
COO & CCOEverest, LLC2010 - 2012
COO & CCOSubmarina, Inc.2007 - 2010
Of CounselDLA Piper US LLP2002 - 2007
Chief Operating OfficerColt's Manufacturing (Colt Firearms)2000 - 2002
General CounselMail Boxes Etc.1998 - 2000
PresidentLowder Consulting1996 - Present
Founding PartnerLowder & Crowley1996 - 1998
PartnerBullaro & Carton, Chartered1986 - 1996
AssociateHinshaw & Culbertson, LLP1985 - 1986
AssociatePretzel & Stouffer, Chartered1983 - 1985
Enlisted Marine - Infantry Officer - JAG OfficerUnited States Marine Corps1967 - 1983

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssocationAssociate Life Member2009 - Present
Military Officers Association of AmericaLife Member2008 - Present
The McIntyre GroupAdvisory Board2003 - 2008
Marine Military AcademyTrustee2000 - 2007
American Association of Spine PhysiciansGeneral Counsel1995 - 1998
National Foundation for Chiropractic Education and ResearchTrustee1995 - 1997
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionVice-Chair Non-Profit Committee1995 - 1997
Military Order of the Purple HeartLife Member1992 - Present
Risk Management Committee, Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of AmericaChairman1989 - 1998
Special Forces AssociationMember1985 - Present
Veterans of Foreign WarsLife Member1985 - Present
DePaul University Alumni AssociationLife Member1983 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois - BarMember1980 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Illinois State BarMember1980 - Present
DePaul University, College of LawLaw Review1978 - 1980

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Champe, et. al. v. Turbomeca Engine Corp.Case settled for $8 Million at trial.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
VetLikeMe Newsletter (Winter 2011)Take The Hill2011
Above and Beyond - Marines Conquer the Civilian World - Rudy Socha/Carolyn Butler DarrowUSMC Combat, Legal, Business Accomplishments Profiled2004
Colt's Manufacturing Company NewsletterColt's Is A Family2002
First Force Recon Company: Sunrise At Midnight - Dr. William PetersUSMC Combat Experience Profiled1999
Chicago MedicineFacing The Malpractice Challenge1998
CA ChroniclesBe A Team Player1998
Advance - FCERAdjust Your Attitude1997
ACA JournalLook To The Future1997
OUM Progress ReportMost Common Reasons For Malpractice Lawsuits1997
CNA HealthProCoping With A Malpractice Suit: A Defense Attorney’s Perspective1996
ACA JournalMultidisciplinary Approach To Chiropractic Malpractice Defense1996
Inside Force Recon - Michael Lee Lanning/Ray William StubbeUSMC Combat Experience Profiled1989
AVMA ReportGood Medical Records Make A Good Defense1987

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor - Law Review1980
Naval Justice SchoolMilitary LawJAG Officer - USMC1980
Amphibious Warfare School - USMCMilitary ScienceGraduate1976
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts - Dean's List1976
US Army Special Forces Airborne School (Okinawa)Military ScienceGraduate - Airborne Qualified1969
Officer Candidates School - USMCMilitary ScienceCommissioned Officer (Second Lieutenant,USMCR)1968
The Basic School - USMCMilitary ScienceGraduate - Infantry Officer Military Occupational Specialty1968

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Throw It Deep Football Academy (2010-Present)Character and Leadership2010
United States Marine Corps School of Infantry - Camp Pendleton, CA (2009 - 2010)Combat Leadership2009
Northern Illinois University Varsity Football Team (2008-Present)Character and Leadership2008
University of Central Missouri US Army ROTC Leadership AddressCharacter and Leadership2005
United States Naval Academy Brigade Leadership LectureCharacter and Leadership2004
Marine Military Academy Commencement AddressCharacter and Leadership2004
University of Central Missouri Football Program (2003-Present)Character and Leadership2003
University of Notre Dame Naval Leadershp Conference (2002-2004)Character and Leadership2002
2002 Roman Catholic Diocesan National ConvocationIntegrity in Leadership2002
Marine Military Academy Annual Leadership ConferenceCharacter and Leadership2000
United States Marine Corps - Drill Instructor School, MCRD, San Diego, CA (1998 - Present)Character and Leadership1998
Union League Club Business ConferenceCharacter, Leadership, Business-Building and Organizational Values1998
ICS Spring ConventionDevelopments in Malpractice Defense1997
CMA Annual Leadership ConferencePastoral Character, Leadership and Integrity1997
Easter Seal National Leadership ConferenceSexual Abuse Allegations and the Non-Profit Organization1996
NCMIC National Defense Counsel SeminarMulti-Disciplinary Approach to Malpractice Defense1995
DePaul University College of Law Advanced Trial Advocacy SeriesWinning Trial Strategy and Techniques1995