Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) May 09, 2016
One of the nation’s top bankruptcy lawyers, Kevyn Orr, will address 216 J.D. graduates and 17 LL.M. graduates at the Georgia State University College of Law’s Commencement and Hooding Ceremony at 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 13 in the Georgia State University Sports Arena, 125 Decatur St.
“Kevyn is highly regarded in our profession, and his credentials are impeccable both in legal practice and public service. He is a source of inspiration for our graduates,” said Jessica Gabel Cino, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law.
Orr has practiced law in the areas of business restructuring, financial institution regulation and commercial litigation throughout his career. A partner at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., Orr has advised several high-profile clients on all aspects of their bankruptcy, including Chrysler and National Century Financial Enterprises. He is a part-time “strategic executive adviser” to help the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority fix its troubled finances.
Orr was named to Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” (2015) and identified as “Newsmaker of the Year 2014” by Crain’s Detroit Business and “Washington’s Best Legal Minds-Stars of the Bar—Bankruptcy,” by Washingtonian magazine (2011).
Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2015, Orr was emergency manager of the City of Detroit and helped guide the city through one of the largest and most complex municipal bankruptcies in U.S. history. Detroit restructured $18 billion in debt, reduced overall debt by $7 billion, developed and implemented a multiyear $1.7 billion revitalization plan for city services and operations, and avoided drastic cuts to pension and related retiree benefits.
“Since I graduated 40 years ago,” Orr said, “I could not have predicted the opportunities I’ve had and the changes I’ve experienced, as well as the challenges our country has confronted. However, what was predictable was that my education gave me the analytical abilities to compete, assess and pursue opportunities with a sense of commitment. I can only wish that these graduates will have the same experience I did, but only better and more fulfilling. To bestow words on them as they embark on their own enthusiastic journey is a privilege.”