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Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2015

 
Author(s): Anna L. Brown, Lorraine S. McGowen, Nate Saint-Victor
Practice Area: Employment, Pro Bono
Published: Feb 2015
ISBN: N/A
PLI Item #: 58344
CHB Spine #: B2152

Lorraine McGowen is a lead restructuring partner joining clients on the front lines of their recovery crisis and investment strategies with entrepreneurial enthusiasm and a true passion for innovation.  For more than 25 years, Lorraine has assessed our clients’ challenges and chances for recovery in the most difficult situations. She sees through the morass of legal and financial distress to discover the best strategies for returns and growth.  Lorraine advises leading financial institutions, syndicated lender groups, creditor committees and other parties from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa who seek to maximize their recovery or reduce exposure. She advises companies and boards who seek to acquire companies or assets, including financially distressed companies. She interfaces with auditors, government regulators, investment bankers and others, and develops and implements mediation and litigation strategies, and negotiates reorganization plans and complex corporate and finance documents. Lorraine is the lead bankruptcy attorney representing Toyota and its subsidiaries in the highly complex global restructuring of Takata Corporation and its subsidiaries, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of automotive safety systems, including airbags. Takata’s restructuring was implemented through in-court bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. and Japan, and out-of-court in Europe, China, and other jurisdictions. Toyota was one of the largest creditors in the proceedings, with claims allowed against Takata in excess of $7 billion.

Other notable engagements include representing financial institutions in connection with the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion indebtedness, representing multinational bank syndicates in connection with the restructuring of major toll roads, the acquisition of a $6 billion toll road by an Australian firm, representing financial institutions, municipalities and others in the global Lehman insolvency proceedings, and representing a South African company in connection with its $3.4 billion acquisition of a mineral sands business.  Lorraine is a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the legal profession and creates programs for women, people of color and LGBTQ attorneys. She is a mentor, sponsor and co-chair of Orrick’s firm-wide, global D&I Initiatives. For Lorraine, and for Orrick, D&I is not just the right thing to do. Providing our clients with diverse teams is simply good business: diverse teams are more creative, collaborative and successful.  Lorraine recently completed two terms of service on the firm’s 11-member Board of Directors. She previously chaired Orrick’s Restructuring Group. She is on the Board of Directors of The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, the Board of Legal Advisors for Legal Outreach in New York City, and the Advisory Committee for the Vance Center for International Justice.


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.


Nate Saint-Victor is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he provides legal advice on the securities laws, with a focus on prime brokerage, securities lending and fund administration.  Previously, Nate provided legal advice to the Wealth Management division on broker-dealer and investment advisory issues with a focus on research, development and distribution of alternative investments.  Nate started his legal career in the Investment Management Group at Davis Polk. Nate has previously served on the SIFMA Alternative Investments Roundtable, Investment Adviser/Broker-Dealer Task Force, and Investment Advisory Committee as well as the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board Business Model Working Group.  Nate regularly speaks on issues related to securities laws, diversity and inclusion and professional development.

Nate mobilizes resources for innovation and change within the legal profession through his leadership positions with the Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE), the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP), Legal Outreach, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), and the NYC Bar Association, where he sits on the Executive Committee. 

Nate is a former Chair of the Morgan Stanley Legal and Compliance Division Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a 2017 Metropolitan Black Bar Association “Trailblazer of the Year,” a 2015 CUP Catalyst Change Agent in Law, and a 2009 CUP Fellow.  Nate also enjoys mentoring through LEAD, PALS and Legal Outreach and was recognized by Legal Outreach as an “Elder of the Village,” the organization’s highest honor.

Nate co-authored the “Power of Partnering” article, summarized here and available at the NAMWOLF website, describing best practices for majority and minority- or women-owned law firms to co-partner on client matters.

Nate graduated from Duke University, where he co-founded the Duke Business and Investment Clubs, and Georgetown Law, where he served on the Journal for Gender and the Law, the award-winning Frederick Douglass Moot Court team and as President of the Black Law Student Association.