Legal Action Project Staff Biographies | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Legal Action Project Staff Biographies

Jonathan Lowy, Director, Legal Action Project

Jonathan E. Lowy is the Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Lawyers for a Safer America. He leads a team of attorneys providing pro bono legal representation and assistance to victims of gun violence in lawsuits to reform dangerous gun industry practices and to governments and public officials in defense of reasonable gun laws. Mr. Lowy has litigated since 1988, and has fought for gun violence victims and gun laws for the Brady Center since 1997. Appearing in courts in over 30 states, he helped win a $2.5 million settlement for victims of the DC-area snipers, the first case in which a gun manufacturer paid damages for a criminal shooting resulting from negligent distribution; win a $1 million settlement for two New Jersey police officers against a gun dealer; win landmark decisions in appeals courts, including in Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, and New York; and was co-trial counsel in the first case to be tried alleging that gun makers have a duty to childproof guns.

Mr. Lowy has published numerous articles on gun litigation and policy, and has discussed firearms issues extensively in the media, including on CBS News, MSNBC, 20/20, the Lehrer News Hour, C-Span, NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and American Lawyer.

Mr. Lowy graduated from Harvard College in 1983, and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988. Before joining the Center, he practiced law with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro and Morin, with the Charlottesville, Virginia office of McGuire Woods Battle and Boothe, and on his own.

Mariel Goetz, Counsel, Partnerships and Litigation, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Mariel Goetz is Counsel, Partnerships and Litigation with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. She is responsible for managing Brady's amicus brief practice, working on Brady's active litigation matters across the country, and expanding Brady's partnerships with law firms, lawyers, law schools, and other organizations.


Ms. Goetz brings a decade of litigation experience to the Brady Center, including in constitutional and appellate cases, class actions, regulatory and administrative law matters, and complex civil litigation. During her time in private practice, she was a four-time recipient of the Super Lawyers Rising Star award, and regularly was named to DC's Pro Bono High Honor Roll for her commitment to pro bono work. That work included six years of litigation with the Brady Center to help achieve the landmark 2017 victory striking down an NRA-backed Florida law that unconstitutionally restricted doctors' speech with patients about guns.

Ms. Goetz graduated from Rice University in 2004 and with honors from Harvard Law School in 2008. From 2008 until joining the Brady Center in 2017, she practiced law with the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP.