Bruce Bennett has represented debtors, creditors, and business acquirers in many of the largest corporate reorganization cases in the United States in the fields of retail, gaming, media, telecommunications, heavy industry, aviation, manufacturing, real estate, insurance, energy, banking, and computer technology. He is global head of the Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice.
Bruce recently acted as co-lead counsel for the City of Detroit in its historic chapter 9 debt adjustment case and as counsel for major creditors in the chapter 11 cases for Caesars Entertainment Operating Corporation, Energy Future Holdings, and General Motors and in out of court restructuring matters for iHeart and Puerto Rico.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Bruce was lead lawyer for the Los Angeles Dodgers on their $2 billion acquisition by Magic Johnson and other partners. He also was lead debtor's counsel in the country's second largest municipal bankruptcy (County of Orange, California), which commenced following a $1.7 billion loss in county investment pools. Related litigation resulted in the recovery of more than $870 million for the county. Other large debtor side representations include Ameriquest Mortgage Company, First Capital Holdings, Hawaiian Airlines, L.A. Gear, LTV, SmartTalk TeleServices, Tucson Electric Power, and Weststar Cinemas. Bruce also successfully resolved large bankruptcy cases for lenders, note holders, and equity interest owners, including Adelphia Communications, Enron, Fountainebleau Las Vegas, Green Valley Ranch, Hawaii Medical Centers, Lehman Brothers, MF Global, Olympia & York, Travelport, Tribune Company, and Verso.
Bruce is a member of the American College of Bankruptcy, Financial Lawyers Conference, and board of trustees and executive committee of Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles.
•Former managers and executive officers of Quiznos restaurant brand obtain dismissal of securities fraud action
MF Global Litigation Trust pursues claims against Jon Corzine and other former officers
MF Global wins Court approval to acquire assets of SIPA estate
Honors & Distinctions
•Chambers USA (2008-2016) (Nationwide Band 1; California Band 1)
The Best Lawyers in America (2000-2015)
Legal 500: leading lawyer in finance (corporate restructuring and municipal bankruptcy)
Top 100 Lawyers in California, Daily Journal (2012-2015)
Top 100 Lawyers in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Business Journal (several years)
Lawyer of the Year: runner-up, National Law Journal (1995)