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Lorena Guzmán-Díaz


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Lorena Guzmán-Díaz is an associate in Thompson Coburn's New York office where she represents clients from a broad range of industries in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

Lorena has experience navigating complex litigation involving lender liability, commercial insurance loans and defaults, consumer disputes, and other financial services matters. She has represented closely-held and publicly-owned corporations, global financial institutions, creditor groups, and high net-worth individuals in a variety of business litigation disputes, such as breach of contract claims, business torts actions, creditor priority disputes, and judgment enforcement proceedings. Lorena also has experience in bankruptcy litigations and agriculture-related matters, having represented clients facing issues related to perishable agricultural commodity statutory trust violations. In addition to the traditional litigation process, Lorena has substantial expertise with other vehicles for dispute resolution, including international arbitration, mediation, and negotiation.

Lorena's passion for problem solving helps her provide thorough and creative solutions that further her clients' goals. As a former federal law clerk, Lorena brings a unique perspective to her cases that incorporates her insight into judicial decision-making and enhances her ability to advocate effectively and persuasively on behalf of her clients. Pragmatic and driven for success, Lorena's goal is to bring exuberance, energy, and attention to detail to each representation, while striving to achieve desirable results for clients.

Prior to joining Thompson Coburn, Lorena worked at a premier international law firm, where she honed her legal writing and client-facing skills and developed an expertise in complex commercial disputes, including debtor-creditor litigation, as well as international arbitration, particularly with respect to treaty interpretation and the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in U.S. courts. Lorena also advised clients on matters relating to compliance with the U.S. economic sanctions regimes administered by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Lorena maintains an active pro bono practice with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, where she focuses on the intellectual property aspects of art law by providing volunteer legal services and counseling to low-income artists and non-profit arts and cultural organizations in New York.

Lorena began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable C. Darnell Jones, II of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where she served as Articles Editor of both the American University Law Review and the Arbitration Brief. She holds a combined bachelor's and master's degree in philosophy from Boston College.

As a native of Puerto Rico, Lorena has developed a lifelong appreciation of art, music, and culture. She has an overwhelming interest in legal issues surrounding the commercial art world and is passionate about how law can protect and promote creative expression.