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KBK Firm Changes as of 2021

Keller Benvenutti Kim LLP is proud to announce that Berry D. Spears and David A. Taylor have been elected partners, and Peter J. Benvenutti has transitioned into the role of Partner Emeritus as of January 1, 2021.


Berry D. Spears advises clients in all aspects of bankruptcy cases, bankruptcy litigation, and out-of-court restructurings. He has worked on matters spanning numerous industries and commercial sectors, including energy/oil and gas, public utilities, high tech, telecommunications, real estate, retail, food services, manufacturing, government contracts, and defense. Berry has been involved in cross-border cases, municipal bankruptcy issues, and has represented administrative and collateral agents in nationally syndicated credits and participations in matters all around the country.

Berry has been an integral part of the team since he joined us as Of Counsel in 2019. Congratulations, Berry!


David A. Taylor leads KBK’s crisis management practice. David was General Counsel of Theranos from 2016-2018. Hired to address the company’s high-profile crisis, he led its efforts to repair investor relations, resolve enterprise-threatening litigation, and close a $100M financing amid active SEC and DOJ investigations. He spent ten prior years litigating complex matters at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and Williams & Connolly LLP.

David joined KBK in 2020 and has quickly become an asset to the team. Congratulations, David!


Peter J. Benvenutti has practiced bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law since 1974, focusing 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. Peter 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.

As one of KBK’s two founding partners, Peter has made a significant impact on the success and culture of this firm. We are all excited to see Peter step into his new role as Partner Emeritus. Congratulations, Peter!

Congratulations, all!




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