Jones Day partner Kevyn Orr named 2021 Crisis Trailblazer by National Law Journal
The National Law Journal (NLJ) recognized Kevyn Orr—Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's U.S. Offices and a member of the Firm's Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice—by including him in its list of Crisis Trailblazers for 2021. Through the various Trailblazers special supplements, the NLJ recognizes agents of change—movers and shakers in the legal industry who have made significant contributions to, and innovations in, their area of practice.
Best known for his iconic work as Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit from 2013-2014 during the largest municipal bankruptcy proceeding in U.S. history, Mr. Orr's experience in high profile restructurings and crises spans a career of more than 35 years. Under his watch in Detroit, 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.
More recently, Mr. Orr has become involved with important municipal work of another kind when, in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in 2020, Jones Day launched its Constitutional Policing and Civil Justice Reform (CPR) Initiative—a program dedicated to "advancing the rule of law governing policing in the minority communities." The CPR Initiative is engaging in local and nationally coordinated efforts to achieve cultural and systemic changes in policing practices in minority communities throughout the United States, with an emphasis on the African American community. Working directly with police agencies in select cities (Minneapolis, Chicago, and Los Angeles) the initiative's aim is to understand the culture of law enforcement and the changes that can be made so that citizens benefit from true constitutional policing in getting the protection they deserve. Further goals include pursuing better police practices, and litigation to drive reform and institutionalize lessons learned from wrongful police misconduct.