Karen L. Loewy is Counsel for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV. Ms. Loewy is involved in all aspects of Lambda Legal’s impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education, with particular emphasis on issues affecting LGBT and HIV-positive seniors.
Ms. Loewy is working to develop and expand Lambda Legal's work addressing the legal needs of LGBT and HIV-affected older adults. She works collaboratively with local and national aging organizations to advance policies that protect the rights of the LGBT and HIV-positive aging community. She speaks publicly on LGBT and HIV aging issues in areas that include life planning, access to health care, and housing.
Previously, Ms. Loewy was a Senior Staff Attorney with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), where she engaged in LGBT impact litigation and policy work throughout New England for over a decade. Her work spanned a wide range of matters on GLAD’s docket, from establishing precedents under antidiscrimination laws to addressing harassment in schools; from navigating inequalities for LGBT parents to challenging unequal access to health care for transgender people and people living with HIV. She served as lead counsel in Hunter v. Rose, a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court custody case establishing the joint legal parentage of children born into same-sex spousal relationships, and O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, ensuring equal tax treatment for gender transition-related health care. Loewy was also a member of the legal teams that successfully litigated GLAD’s marriage equality cases in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and played a central strategic role in the marriage equality effort in Rhode Island over many years, including successfully advocating for an Executive Order on marriage recognition.
She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest Law and Ethics, and her B.A. from Brandeis University.