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Kevyn D. Orr

Partner-in-Charge Washington


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  • University of Michigan (J.D. 1983; B.A. in Political Science 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Government Service

  • Appointed Special Counsel for the Emergency Manager for the City of Atlantic City by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (January 2015 through April 2015)

    Appointed Emergency Manager for the City of Detroit by Michigan Governor Richard D. Snyder, serving from March 2013 through December 2014, and successfully led the city through chapter 9 reorganization, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history

    Director (February 2000 to January 2001) and Deputy Director (June 1995 to February 2000), Executive Office for United States Trustees, U.S. Department of Justice

    Assistant General Counsel, Complex Litigation and Bankruptcy Section, Resolution Trust Corporation (August 1991 to June 1995)

    Counsel, Litigation Section, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (March to August 1991)

Throughout his career Kevyn Orr has demonstrated the ability to handle all aspects of complex and precedent-setting matters and has provided strategic advice regarding crisis management situations. He has practiced law in the areas of business restructuring, financial institution regulation, and complex commercial litigation for three decades. Kevyn is the Partner-in-Charge of the Washington, D.C. Office.

Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2015, Kevyn served as Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit and was charged with restructuring the city's finances and operations. During his tenure, he oversaw the largest and most complicated municipal bankruptcy proceeding in the nation's history. As a result of that proceeding, the city successfully 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, streamlined key city operations, helped improve public safety, put the city's art in a perpetual public trust, and avoided drastic cuts to pension and related retiree benefits.

At Jones Day, Kevyn's experience includes advising Chrysler with regard to all aspects of its bankruptcy, National Century Financial Enterprises in its bankruptcy and asserting that company's claims in the health care provider bankruptcies of PhyAmerica Corporation and DCHC/Greater Southeast Hospital, and Laidlaw Corporation in its defense of a $1 billion claim by the purchaser of its environmental cleanup division.

His previous restructuring experience included his service as the chief government legal officer of a failed financial institution and a special master to oversee the operations of a real estate development firm.

Kevyn is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy

    Named to Fortune's "World's Greatest Leaders" (2015)

    "Newsmaker of the Year 2014," Crain's Detroit Business

    Chambers USA (2011-2013 and 2017) — "leader in their field" in restructuring/insolvency and bankruptcy

    "Washington's Best Legal Minds-Stars of the Bar — Bankruptcy," Washingtonian magazine (December 2011)

    Recipient of outstanding service and performance awards from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Resolution Trust Corporation
Kevyn Orr