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, 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.
Learn more about some of the ways we are investing in women at Orrick, with our clients and in our communities.
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.”
Donald Keller, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of the Technology Companies Group.
Don advises high growth technology companies, public companies, venture capital firms and investment banks. He has advised clients on more than 60 public offerings, 75 acquisition transactions and several hundred venture financings.
Don has held many leadership positions at Orrick. Don currently leads Orrick’s Technology Sector, which is one of the three focus areas (along with energy and finance) for the firm. Don also Co-heads the firm’s diversity efforts. Don is a former member of Orrick’s Board of Directors, served as head of the firm’s global corporate practice and served as head of the firm’s Silicon Valley Office.
Don also had previously served for many years on the Executive Committee of Venture Law Group.
Don has recently represented companies being sold in the following transactions: Wavefront to VMware; Nervana to Intel; TOA to Oracle; Altiscale to SAP; Twin Prime to Salesforce; 3Scale to Red Hat; Vendavo to Francisco Partners; Yieldex to AppNexus; and LS9 to Renewable Energy Group.
Don has worked on transactions for Apple (Nasdaq GS: AAPl), Google (Nasdaq GS: GOOG), Oracle (Nasdaq GS: ORCL), Tibco (Nasdaq GS: TIBX), Adaptec (Nasdaq GS: ADPT), Shutterfly (Nasdaq GS: SFLY), Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE:MSO), Sum Total Systems (Nasdaq GS: SUMT) and Rambus (Nasdaq GS: RMBS). He also has represented many investment banking clients in public offering transactions, including representing Goldman, Sachs & Co. in offerings for many issuers.
Don is a past member of the Board of Overseers of Boston College Law School.
“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
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.
The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard, 2017
Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2017
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley, 2015
Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition, 2016
Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, 2017 and 9 times
Women in Law Empowerment Forum, 2017
Euromoney Legal Media Group's Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2016
Yale Law Women, 2017 and 5 times