Keith A. McDaniels – Bio

Keith McDaniels

Keith A. McDaniels


Direct: (415) 484-6098


University of Washington (B.A., with distinction, 1990, Phi Beta Kappa); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1996)


California, including all federal courts.


Keller & Benvenutti LLP, Of Counsel
(June 1, 2015 – present)

Cooley LLP
(2010 – 2014)

Winston & Strawn LLP
(Partner 2005-2009; Associate 2003 – 2005)

Murphy Sheneman Julian & Rogers PC
(1998 – 2003)

Law Clerk to Hon. Leslie Tchaikovsky, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California
(1996 – 1998)

Keith McDaniels advises management teams, independent boards, equity funds and purchasers on matters involving corporate governance, distressed mergers and acquisitions, finance and restructurings for companies facing financial or operating challenges. He has devised creative strategies for companies to market and sell divisions and key assets, recapitalize their balance sheets and find and negotiate new financial support. Recently he represented a public life sciences company in a transaction taking it private.

Keith represents clients throughout the country in many industries. He has substantial experience guiding technology companies from multi-billion dollar public companies to emerging growth start-ups in the software, hardware, telecommunications and life sciences industries. He has evaluated issues and devised strategies for matters involving intellectual property, licensing, and data privacy and security laws. He developed a process for minimizing risks with migrating and cleansing data from a cloud storage company’s servers. He represented a professional services company in its successful spin out from a distressed Florida based software development company parent. He has advised purchasers on strategies for acquiring assets from distressed companies and negotiated and drafted purchase agreements, including transactions to acquire a book publisher, a database services company and a software development company. In addition, Keith has advised companies about credit protection strategies to minimize exposure from troubled customers and has represented numerous creditors’ committees in many different industries including automotive, real estate development, subprime lending, construction, steel component manufacturing, telecommunications and software development.

Listed in Best Lawyers, Keith has written articles and books on distressed mergers and acquisitions and restructuring matters. He regularly lectures for organizations on corporate governance, distressed mergers and acquisitions and restructuring topics.