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Bruce Bennett

Practice Leader Business Restructuring & Reorganization


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  • Harvard University (J.D. cum laude 1982); Brown University (B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Economics magna cum laude 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • California

Bruce Bennett, global leader of the Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice, has represented debtors, creditors, and business acquirers in many of the United States' largest corporate reorganizations in the retail, gaming, media, telecommunications, heavy industry, aviation, manufacturing, real estate, insurance, energy, banking, and computer technology sectors.

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. He 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.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers USA (2008-2016) (Nationwide Band 1; California Band 1)

    Legal 500: leading lawyer in finance (corporate restructuring and municipal bankruptcy)

    "Dealmaker of the Year," The American Lawyer (2015, 2017)

    "Top 100 Lawyers in California," Daily Journal

    "Top 100 Lawyers in Los Angeles," Los Angeles Business Journal

    Best Lawyers in America (2000-2016)
Bruce Bennett