Tobias S. Keller – BIO

Tobias S. Keller

Tobias S. Keller


Direct: (415) 796-0709


Harvard College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1985); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1990).


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


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

Jones Day, Partner
(2006 – 2013)

Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones, LLP, Partner

Murphy, Weir & Butler PC
(Shareholder 1997 – 2000; Associate 1991 – 1997)

Law Clerk to Associate Justice Allen E. Broussard, California Supreme Court

Tobias Keller counsels clients in a variety of industries dealing with financial distress, advising on dislocations arising from excessive leverage, uncontrolled litigation, or unanticipated employee or vendor problems, and the governance questions that arise in connection with those challenges.

Mr. Keller represented a billion-dollar ground beef processor in its chapter 11 proceedings and in connection with the sale of its plants throughout the United States; he advised an auto transport company in protecting its operations while key constituencies including its equity sponsor, first and second lien debt holders, and a union attempted to negotiate a global resolution of their differences; he advised a student loan syndicator in its negotiations with its warehouse lenders and its wind down; he helped design and implement the strategy by which a retail pharmacy sold its assets to a competitor and returned a distribution to its public shareholders; and protected the interests of a major auto company in sensitive negotiations regarding its joint ventures. He also has advised private equity funds, parent companies, and joint venturers in the restructuring of affiliates and strategies that both minimize legal exposure while maximizing their returns; committees in obtaining substantially increased returns for unsecured creditors; and buyers in acquiring distressed properties.

Mr. Keller regularly lectures for organizations on governance, distressed mergers and acquisitions, and various restructuring topics. He is a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in publications including Chambers USA and PLC Which Lawyer?

Professional Organizations and Groups:
State Bar of California; Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy; American Bar Association; United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California Bench-Bar Committee