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Joi Bourgeois Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion

New York

Joi Bourgeois leads Orrick’s efforts to promote diverse and women lawyers to leadership in our firm and our profession. She works directly with the firm’s clients who share our commitment to diversity.

She provides coaching to our lawyers to help them advance. She consults with the firm’s practice and office leadership in pursuing their teams’ diversity goals, including recruitment and sponsorship at all levels. In addition, she helps to introduce innovative programs that foster a stronger sense of community among diverse and women lawyers at Orrick and among our clients.

Joi brings to the role 17 years of experience as a professional coach, coupled with the perspective of a former practicing lawyer. As a partner in the talent development firm Greiner Consulting Group, she has coached 1,500+ attorneys at all levels. She has deep knowledge of the unique opportunities and challenges women, ethnically diverse and LGBTQ attorneys encounter in developing relationships with clients and sponsors. She practiced corporate law at predecessor firms to Clifford Chance and Richards, Kibbe & Orbe. She is sought after as a speaker by law schools and professional organizations, including as a driver of diversity initiatives and programming at the New York City Bar Association.

A graduate of New York University Law School and Northwestern University, Joi speaks French fluently and lives in Westchester and Fairfield Counties with her partner, her two athletic sons and a Pekingese and Pitt Bull.

Women @Orrick

Learn more about some of the ways we are investing in women at Orrick, with our clients and in our communities.

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Practice:

  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Restructuring
  • Distressed Assets & Alternative Investments
  • Municipal Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Structured Finance
  • Higher Education and Student Loan Financing
  • Latin America

Lorraine McGowen Partner Bankruptcy Litigation, Restructuring

New York

Lorraine McGowen is a partner resident in the New York office where she focuses on restructurings.

For over 30 years, Lorraine has advised leading financial institutions, syndicated lender groups, creditor committees and other parties from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa seeking to maximize their recovery or reduce their exposure. She has been the lead bankruptcy lawyer advising companies (including their boards) seeking to acquire financially distressed companies or assets. Lorraine 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.

Recent notable engagements include 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, representing a South African company in connection with its $3.4 billion acquisition of a mineral sands business, and representing financial institutions in connection with the restructuring of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion indebtedness.

Lorraine is the chair of Orrick’s firmwide 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. She is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy and insolvency matters and serves as an Editor of the newly launched Bloomberg Bankruptcy Treatise.

Lorraine is described by colleagues, clients and others as ”tireless,” “ubiquitous,” “driven, determined, dedicated and devoted” and “a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional, multi-successful person on so many levels.”

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Practice:

  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Trials
  • White Collar

Warrington Parker Partner White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution

San Francisco; Silicon Valley

Warrington S. Parker is a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, and a member of the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance Group.

Warrington's practice involves the representation of clients in both civil and criminal matters. These matters typically include government involvement or claimed violations of state and federal regulations or statutes. Thus, Warrington has represented clients in False Claims Act matters, claims brought by the Federal Trade Commission, employment discrimination cases involving a federal research facility, allegations of fraud and breach of contract brought against a client by a state, and allegations that a school board inappropriately spent bond monies in violation of California law.

Warrington has conducted criminal and civil investigations, both nationally and internationally, including FCPA investigations in China and Japan. Warrington has handled and managed state and federal civil cases from the filing of complaints to discovery and trial. Since joining Orrick in 2008, Warrington has tried two criminal cases and three civil cases. 

From 1992 to 1996, Warrington was Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California, Criminal Division in Los Angeles.

Before joining Orrick, Warrington was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman.

Veterans' Programs

“Veterans and military spouses may not take a traditional path to a career in the law, but they bring other strengths and skills that make them valuable hires."

Orrick Chairman Mitch Zuklie

LGBTQ Community

We believe that to be great at what you do, you need to be able to be yourself.   Our commitment to inclusiveness enables our LGBTQ lawyers and staff to be authentic and to thrive.