Appointed April 2014
Louise Corrigan is a dual-qualified lawyer, admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland, the US District Court and the New York State Bar. She has practiced as a litigator and Immigration specialist for the past five and a half years in New York County Defender Services, a public defender’s office in Manhattan which represents over 17,000 indigent clients per year charged with criminal offenses in New York City. A native of Co. Kildare, 29 year-old Corrigan graduated from University College Dublin in 2005 with an honors degree in Bachelor of Business and Legal studies and after five and half years in New York, has just recently returned home to Ireland.
Louise is former Chair (2013-2014) of the Irish Network-NYC (IN-NYC), the first and largest chapter of Irish Network-USA (IN-USA). As part of this role, and as the New York representative on the IN-USA Board, she worked with Irish and Irish-American professionals in the New York City area and on a national level to facilitate business networking opportunities amongst the diaspora. IN-NYC and IN-USA also liaise closely with both the Consulates and Irish Government agencies, such as the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, in supporting the promotion of Irish business interests in the US.
During her time in New York, Louise was also a Young Patron and 2014 Honoree of Irish Arts Center, where she performed with one of their resident dance companies. Irish dance has long been a huge part of her life and outside of her legal career and she has very successfully managed to make it her hobby at home and abroad. The biggest highlight of her New York dancing experience to date was having the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall in March of last year, sharing the stage with New York Pops Orchestra, Ronan Tynan and Celtic Woman in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration concert. She also appeared on NBC’s Today Show in March 2009 and has travelled to many far-reaching parts of Europe and the US for a host of various different performances. She was awarded a Top 40 Under 40 Award by the Irish Echo in 2014 and the Irish Voice Most Influential Women 2011 Awards which pays special tribute to Irish and Irish-American women who have achieved success in a wide and varied spectrum of industries.