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, telecommunications, heavy industry, aviation, manufacturing, real estate, insurance, energy, banking, and computer technology.
Prior to joining Jones Day in May 2012, Bruce was the lead lawyer for the Los Angeles Dodgers on their recent $2 billion acquisition by Magic Johnson and other partners. He also was lead debtor’s counsel in the country’s largest municipal bankruptcy (County of Orange, California), which commenced following a $1.7 billion loss in county investment pools. As counsel to the debtor, Bruce was the architect of the plan of adjustment that comprehensively resolved the county’s financial problems. That plan was confirmed and successfully implemented in approximately 18 months, and the 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 Corp., Hawaiian Airlines, L.A. Gear, LTV Corporation, SmartTalk TeleServices, Tucson Electric Power, and Weststar Cinemas. Bruce also successfully resolved many other 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 Treasury Co., Olympia & York, and Tribune Company.
Bruce is a member of the American College of Bankruptcy, the Financial Lawyers Conference, and the board of trustees and executive committee of Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles. He also is a former commissioner of personal and small business bankruptcy advisory commission of the California Board of Legal Specialization and a board member of Public Counsel.