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Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2013

 
Author(s): Lorraine S. McGowen, Anna L. Brown
Practice Area: Pro Bono
Published: Feb 2013
ISBN: 9781402419485
PLI Item #: 42820
CHB Spine #: B2007

As of January 2018, Anna L. Brown is the Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Baker McKenzie, a global law firm with 77 offices in 55 countries.  In her new role, Anna will develop and execute holistic and integrated D&I strategies to achieve the Firm’s short and long term D&I objectives. Anna is responsible for leading and promoting the awareness of diversity and inclusion issues both across the Firm and to an external market.

In her previous role as North America Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Anna was responsible for designing and implementing all aspects of the Firm's internal and external diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives in North America. She brings more than 17 years of experience designing, implementing and directing all aspects of diversity and inclusion initiatives, including education, retention, advancement and inclusion strategies. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Anna served as Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Special Attorney at Shearman & Sterling.

In 2015, Anna received the Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer Champion Award from the New York City Bar Association, recognizing her critical role in initiating and sustaining change within her organization and the overall New York legal community. Anna is the co-author of “Diversity in Action: A Manual for Diversity Professionals in Law,” published by the American Bar Association for individuals holding diversity roles in law firms and corporate legal departments, and is a frequent lecturer and panelist on topics related to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. 

Anna serves on the New York City Bar Association Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, member of the American Bar Association and a past President of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals. 

Prior to her role leading diversity and inclusion efforts, Anna started her law career at Shearman & Sterling in its capital markets group and subsequently served as Associate General Counsel at Continuum Health Partners. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, a non-profit advocacy group for New York City children, and the Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership. Anna earned her J.D. cum laude from Howard University Law School.


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.