Stanardsville, VA - November 15, 2017
- The International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), the premier international, networking and professional growth organization for women in the restructuring and insolvency industry,
has named Kelley Cornish as its 2017 Woman of the Year in Restructuring (WOYR) award winner. Kelley is a senior partner and member of the management committee at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP.
Kelley represents the full range of participants in bankruptcy cases and corporate restructurings - debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, official and unofficial committees, and acquirors of distressed assets. She also has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation, including bankruptcy-related litigation involving fraudulent transfers, preferences and equitable subordination.
Kelley is not only a gifted practitioner, she is a very strong advocate for other women. As a long-standing Trustee of Billie Jean King's Women's Sports Foundation, and a former NCAA basketball player, Kelley has been a stalwart supporter of women's rights and empowerment for many years. Kelley is among a group of senior women restructuring professionals who initiated and annually sponsor the "Women in Restructuring" networking event in New York City.
"Whether she is representing a debtor or a creditor," states Lisa Donahue of AlixPartners, "Kelley is a fierce, intelligent advocate for her clients. She would be a great choice for Woman of the Year and I enthusiastically nominate her for this prestigious award."
Now in its 11th year, the WOYR award was conceived to honor women in the restructuring and insolvency industry who have inspired and skillfully led a restructuring team, provided creative solutions and innovative legal applications, showed exceptional leadership, and have made an extraordinary contributions to the insolvency and restructuring professions.
"I am thrilled to be recognized for this award by the IWIRC, which for almost 24 years has been a leading networking and career building platform for women in our profession worldwide," states Kelley. "I have benefited tremendously from my relationships with IWIRC members, and I always strive to be a mentor to women in our industry who follow me. I'm particularly grateful to my restructuring partners at Paul, Weiss, who are a constant source of support and collaboration professionally and personally."
The 2017 Woman of the Year in Restructuring award will be announced on December 1, 2017 during the 29th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Winter Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, California. It will be officially presented during IWIRC's 15th Annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC.