Lowell Peterson has been Executive Director of the Writers Guild of America, East since 2008.
Peterson’s vision is a Guild that can be the center of writers’ creative and professional lives, even as the distribution, financial, and artistic models continue to change. His digital media initiatives have included seminars and other events to explore the financial, technological, and artistic dynamics of new media; a digital media training program; and organizing creators in that sector. He worked to expand the skills of newswriters and ensure their continued relevance as broadcast news shifts to additional platforms. He has worked to increase opportunities for film and television writers. Under his leadership, the Guild’s organizing and communications capacity have been greatly expanded.
Peterson was partner in the law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein where he represented a number of unions, including the Communications Workers of America, the Laborers, and the United Auto Workers. Representing laid-off workers in the Enron and WorldCom bankruptcies, he won tens of millions of dollars in severance pay, and in many other cases he defended unions from attacks on organizing and other activities. He also successfully litigated against employers for evading contract obligations.