Biography

Lorraine McGowen is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, with over 30 years of experience, where she focuses on restructurings.  She is a co-chair of Orrick’s firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives.  She currently serves on Orrick’s Management Committee and recently completed two terms of service on the firm’s 11-member Board of Directors.  She previously chaired Orrick’s Restructuring Group.   Her clients include leading financial institutions, syndicated lender groups, creditor committees and other parties seeking to maximize recoveries in complex bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings and creditors’ rights controversies in the U.S. and internationally.  Among her awards and honors, she was recognized as a Diversity Champion by the New York City Bar Association in 2012, as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine in 2018 and 2015, and Legal Outreach’s Pipeline to Diversity 2017 Champion.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and ranked as a Leading Lawyer by the IFLR1000.  She was selected by Direct Women to be a 2016 Board Institute member.  Ms. McGowen is on the Board of Legal Advisers for Legal Outreach, a non-profit college-bound program for students in disadvantaged neighborhoods in New York City and on the Advisory Committee for the Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar Association.   She is also on the Board of Directors for the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.  Ms. McGowen graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1983 and Columbia School of Law in 1986.  She is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy and insolvency and diversity and inclusion.

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