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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)

Kevyn Orr provides strategic crisis management advice, identifying creative approaches to novel or first impression situations with an eye toward developing cost-efficient, business oriented solutions. He has practiced in the areas of business restructuring, financial institution regulation, and commercial litigation for three decades and has experience handling all aspects of complex and precedent-setting matters.

Kevyn's recent representation includes counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Toys "R" Us Property Company I chapter 11 cases. Prior to rejoining Jones Day, 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, and 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. Kevyn received Turnaround Management Association's Mega Transaction of the Year Award for the City of Detroit, Michigan in October 2015.

At Jones Day, Kevyn has advised Chrysler on its bankruptcy, National Century Financial Enterprises in its bankruptcy and asserting its 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.

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

Honors & Distinctions

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy

    Best Lawyers in America (2018-2019)

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

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

    Chambers USA (2011-2013, 2017)

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

    Department of Justice, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Resolution Trust Corporation outstanding service/performance awards

    ERASE Racism Abraham Krasnoff Courage and Commitment Award (June 2016)

    Board of Directors, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Kevyn Orr