BakerHostetler Names Katherine Lowry New CIO

Bob Craig to retire in December after more than 25 years at the firm

Press Releases / October 20, 2022

Washington — Oct. 20, 2022

Key takeaways

  • Katherine Lowry is named chief information officer for BakerHostetler, effective Jan. 1. She is currently director of practice services at the firm.
  • Lowry is an award-winning innovation leader with a proven track record aligning business strategy and IT imperatives to deliver critical solutions to BakerHostetler and corporate legal departments.
  • BakerHostetler’s Information Services department now comprises more than 100 professionals supporting six core practice groups – Business, Digital Assets and Data Management, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Tax – and 1,800 lawyers and staff.

Why this matters

BakerHostetler has been a pioneer in the use of technology in the legal process. It has a formalized structure to use data analytics in the practice of law and to automate processes for the benefit of clients. The BakerHostetler Information Technology group has grown from a few dozen employees 25 years ago to a full-fledged IS department consisting of more than 100 professionals today. Lowry has been a part of that team since 2010 and is well suited to lead it to continued success.

Key quote

“Katherine is a true thought leader in the industry who has helped drive cutting-edge solutions to enhance the legal services BakerHostetler provides to clients. Her selection as CIO is a testament to the strength of our IS department, of which she has been an integral part,” said Paul M. Schmidt, chairman of BakerHostetler. “Through her tireless work over the past dozen years, Katherine has played a key role in helping the firm evolve and integrate the use of technology within our legal ecosystem.”

About Katherine Lowry’s background

Lowry is known for delivering transformational technology initiatives such as augmentation of legal services using AI and intelligent automation, increasing enterprise data maturity and data literacy, and developing smart legal contracts and the delivery of information and research services.

She currently serves as co-chair of the Emerging Technology team of BakerHostetler’s Digital Assets and Data Management Practice Group and leads the firm’s legal technology consulting and R&D team, IncuBaker, which is known for helping lawyers navigate the intersection of digital business, emerging technology and the law. This team serves corporate legal departments across every industry to support their digital transformation, privacy management and data initiatives.

Lowry is a recognized leader in the industry and was recently inducted as a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. She has also earned many accolades, including being named an AI Visionary by Relativity, named to the Fastcase 50 List of Legal Innovators, and named an ACC Value Champion Finalist, as well as receiving a Thought Leader of the Year award from the International Legal Technology Association and an Innovation Leader of the Year award from PLLIP-SIS.

Lowry received her B.A. in political science from Stetson University and her J.D. from the University of Dayton.

Key quotes

“I have been fortunate to work with a talented group of lawyers, technologists and other staff members who understand the value that emerging technology can bring to business and legal processes. I am grateful to Bob Craig for his personal guidance over the years, and I am honored to be entrusted with leading the IS department as CIO,” said Lowry.

“BakerHostetler has been an industry leader for its ability to navigate the intersection of digital business, emerging technologies and the law. That success has been in large part due to the leadership of Bob Craig. Bob has led us in exponential technological advancements and growth over the past 25 years and has assembled a highly functioning team of over 100 personnel that will certainly be his legacy. We wish him the best in retirement,” said Schmidt.

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About BakerHostetler

With hundreds of highly ranked attorneys across multiple practice areas, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues, delivering sophisticated counsel and outstanding client service. The firm has six core practice groups – Business, Digital Assets and Data Management, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Tax, composed of more than 1,000 lawyers located coast to coast. For more information, visit