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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 a co-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, as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine in 2015, and the National Black Lawyers Top 100 in 2016.  She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and ranked as a Leading Lawyer by the IFLR1000.  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 the North America Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Baker & McKenzie LLP, a premiere global law firm with 77 offices in 47 countries.  Ms. Brown is responsible for designing and implementing all aspects of the organization’s internal and external global diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives in North America.

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 and past President of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals.

Ms. Brown is the co-author of “Diversity in Action: A Manual for Diversity Professionals in Law,” a new publication designed as a resource and educational tool for those performing diversity roles in law firms and corporate legal departments.  She is also the recipient of the 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association.

Ms. Brown serves on the board of the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership and the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc.   She is a graduate cum laude of Howard University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York.