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Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2014

Author(s): Anna L. Brown, Lorraine S. McGowen
Practice Area: Pro Bono
Published: Feb 2014
PLI Item #: 49384
CHB Spine #: B2077

Lorraine McGowen is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she focuses on restructurings.  She is the chair of Orrick’s firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives 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.  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.  Ms. McGowen graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1983 and Columbia School of Law in 1986.

Anna L. Brown is Special Attorney/Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Shearman & Sterling LLP, a premiere global law firm with 20 offices around the world.  Ms. Brown is responsible for designing and implementing all aspects of the organization’s internal and external global diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives, and serves as the Executive Director of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 

Before being named Shearman & Sterling's Global Director of  Diversity & Inclusion, Ms. Brown practiced  in the firm's Capital Markets group and served as Associate General Counsel of Continuum Health Partners, Inc. -- the parent corporation of a network of New York City hospitals and foundations.  Ms. Brown serves on the New York City Bar Association Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession and previously served on the Subcommittee on Bioethics.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, member of the American Bar Association, past President of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals and frequent lecturer on diversity and inclusion.  Ms. Brown  received the 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association and also serves on the board of the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership.   

Ms. Brown is a graduate cum laude of Howard University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York.