Peter J. Benvenutti

Peter J. Benvenutti


Direct: (415) 364 6798
Cell: (415) (722) 4299


Harvard College (B.A., cum laude, 1971); University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1974); Order of the Coif.


California, including all federal courts; U.S Courts of Appeal for the Ninth and Fifth Circuits.


Keller & Benvenutti LLP
(Oct. 1, 2013 – present)

Jones Day, Partner
(2008 – 2013)

Heller Ehrman, LLP,
Shareholder (1988 – 2008);
San Francisco Office Managing Shareholder (1995 – 1997);
Chair, Dissolution Committee
(2008 – 2010)

Dinkelspiel & Dinkelspiel, PC
(Shareholder 1981 – 1988;
Associate 1974 – 1980)

Peter Benvenutti has practiced bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law since 1974, with an emphasis on complex business reorganizations. In reorganization cases in the bankruptcy courts, he has represented debtors in possession, reorganization trustees, creditors’ committees, real and personal property lessors, asset acquirers, secured lenders (both regulated and non-regulated), and venture capital and private equity investors, and numerous parties in bankruptcy-related litigation. In insolvency proceedings outside bankruptcy, he has represented receivers, assignees for the benefit of creditors, asset acquirers and major creditors. Mr. Benvenutti has represented lenders, borrowers, investors and buyers in out of court restructurings involving both real estate and commercial loans and a wide variety of businesses. He also provides transaction and litigation counsel concerning bankruptcy and creditors’ rights.

Mr. Benvenutti has lectured and written on many bankruptcy-related issues. He has been listed in the bankruptcy category of Best Lawyers in America in every edition since 1987 (twice in recent years named Northern California bankruptcy lawyer of the year), in Chambers’ Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading practitioner (since 2003), and in Practical Law Company’s Guide to Leading Lawyers as highly recommended (early 2000’s until publication ended in 2013). He has also been named as a Northern California bankruptcy “Superlawyer” annually since the early 2000’s, including to the Northern California “Top 100” list for four years (2006 – 2009).

ABI/St. John’s University Law School Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program (40 hours), 2013; Resolution Advocate, Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court.

Professional Organizations and Groups:
State Bar of California; Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, elected 2004; American Bar Association (Business Law Section; Business Bankruptcy Committee); Bar Association of San Francisco (Arbitrator, Attorney Fee Dispute Committee); California Bankruptcy Forum (Director, 1991-95; President, 1993-94); Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum (Chair, Organizing Committee, 1991; Director, 1991-94; President, 1991-92); American Bankruptcy Institute; Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1994-2000 (Chair of No. Dist. of Calif. Delegation, 1995-97; Member, Conference Executive Committee, 1997—2000; Advisory Board, 2001- 2004); Member, Ad Hoc Committee to Review and Revise Local Bankruptcy Rules, No. Dist. of Calif. (2006-07).