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Murphy, Bennett

Bennett Murphy

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3682
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Bennett Murphy is a seasoned restructuring lawyer with over thirty years experience in sophisticated bankruptcy cases and out-of-court workouts.  He has counseled sophisticated investors in distressed debt and troubled assets, including formal and ad hoc committees. His expertise covers a wide range of business sectors, including gaming, real estate development, media, legal services, retail, banking, airlines, and municipalities.   He is known for his insightful strategic advice and effectiveness in bankruptcy court litigation.  Ben has represented Chapter 11 debtors and trustees, where his litigation successes have led to favorable outcomes for creditors and other stakeholders.  Ben is well known for his expertise in “true sale” and other bankruptcy issues surrounding securitizations. 

  • Canyon Capital Advisors LLC
  • CBRE Global Investors, LLC.
  • CBRE Group, Inc.
  • Westport Capital Group
  • In re Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Canyon Capital Advisors.
  • Bash v. Textron Financial Corp.. (In re Fair Finance, Inc.),  Expert Witness on Securitization
  • In re Green Valley Ranch, Inc., First Lien Noteholders’ Committee
  • In re Solutia, Inc., special litigation counsel, Indenture Trustee
  • In re Washington Mutual, CBRE, Inc.
  • In re Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, LLP, Chapter 7 trustee
  • In re WorldCom, Inc., special litigation counsel, Creditors’ Committee
  • In re Sizzler Restaurants, Inc., Creditors’ Committee
  • In re Continental Airlines, Inc., Creditors’ Committee
  • In re County of Orange, Bondholders’ Committee
  • Harvard Law School
  • (J.D., cum laude, 1983)
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • (M.A., Public Policy, 1983)
  • Amherst College
  • (B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, 1978)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • The State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Third Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Southern District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Southern District of New York
    • Eastern District of New York
  • Bennett Murphy Law Incorporated:
    • Principal, 2012-2018
  • Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP:
    • Partner, 2011-2012
  • Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman LLP:
    • Partner, Co-head of Restructuring Practice, 2000-2011
  • Latham & Watkins, LLP:
    • Partner, 1991-2000
    • Associate, 1985-1991
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP:
    • Associate, 1983-1985
  • Listed as a Best Lawyer for Bankruptcy Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2024
  • Bankruptcy Issues in Securitizations, Law Journals-Press
  • Bankruptcy Disclosure by Ad Hoc or Informal Committees Under Rule 2019, 127 Banking Law J. 6 (May 2010)