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Lorraine McGowen is a lead restructuring partner with over 30 years of experience representing clients from the US and internationally with entrepreneurial enthusiasm and a true passion for innovation seeking to maximize recoveries or reduce liabilities.
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. She also regularly provides commercial law and bankruptcy advice in connection with securitization, M&A, energy & infrastructure and general corporate transactions and has been advising on American Express’ securitization program.
Recent engagements include representing Toyota (one of the largest creditors with more than $7 billion in claims) in the highly complex global restructuring of Takata Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of automotive safety systems, including airbags; representing financial institutions in connection with Puerto Rico’s $72 billion restructuring; and representing several PPA counterparties in the PG&E bankruptcy case.
Lorraine is a member of Orrick's Management Committee and recently completed two terms of service on the firm’s 11-member Board of Directors. She also currently co-leads Orrick's Automotive Technology & Mobility group and its global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Initiative.
As a leading D&I advocate, Lorraine creates programs for the legal profession and the community. She was selected as a 2019 Rainmaker by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and as one of Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers for 2018 and 2015, and received Legal Outreach’s Pipeline to Diversity 2017 Champion Award and the New York City Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion 2012 Champion Award. IFLR 1000 Rankings named Lorraine a leading lawyer in the U.S. She was selected by Direct Women to be a 2016 Board Institute member. She is a frequent speaker and author on bankruptcy and insolvency and diversity and inclusion.
Among her community involvement, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and on the Advisory Committees for Legal Outreach and the Vance Center for International Justice of the NYCBA.
Darren Teshima helps clients intelligently manage risk. From providing counsel to safeguard against anticipated and unforeseen dangers to handling high stakes litigation, clients turn to him for creative solutions to protect their businesses. Chambers USA 2020 quotes clients praising his ability to “balance expert knowledge with practical application.” Darren is sought-after for his advice to policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. With the profound uncertainty of COVID-19, clients are relying on Darren’s extensive insurance coverage experience to pursue claims and his proactive judgement to review policies to mitigate and eliminate potential coverage gaps.
Darren’s proactive judgement has protected clients’ long-term business goals time and again. Co-chair of the Complex Litigation & Disputes Resolution practice, Darren serves as a true business partner to clients in the technology, fintech and financial services industries. He tailors innovative strategies to help avoid litigation and minimize cyber, data and cryptocurrency concerns, as well as D&O and professional liability. Leaders in the fintech space also seek Darren’s counsel on E&O and cyber loss coverage.
When litigation is necessary, Darren helps clients assert their rights. He’s successfully litigated high stakes commercial disputes with significant wins in connection with insurance coverage, RMBS, D&O coverage, and cyber insurance for some of the largest data breaches in history. He was part of the Orrick team for Credit Suisse that handled one of the only post-financial crisis RMBS cases to go to trial.
A recognized leader, Darren has been ranked for his work on behalf of insurance policyholders by Legal 500, Chambers USA, and has been named a Law360 Rising Star, one of the "Best Lawyers Under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Darren, co-Partner-in-Charge of Diversity and Inclusion at Orrick, is passionate about making the legal profession inclusive for all. In addition to his leadership at Orrick, Darren takes an active role in D&I industry engagements, including as a fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and participating in the Diversity in Law Hackathon.
Darren also is deeply committed to pro bono work and community involvement. He’s handled administrative trials and hearings on behalf of asylum seekers and low-income tenants and provided litigation advice to nonprofit organizations. For his efforts, Legal Services for Children honored him with the Pro Bono Advocate Award twice. Currently, Darren is the chair of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, and serves on the boards of Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and Legal Services for Children.
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