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Elizabeth Berke-Dreyfuss

Phone: 510.834.6600
Fax: 510.808.4652
E-mail: EDreyfuss@wendel.com v-card

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With more than 25 years of experience, bankruptcy partner Liz Berke-Dreyfuss represents creditors, trustees and debtor clients in a broad range of bankruptcy and insolvency matters for businesses and high net worth individuals.  She has substantial experience in Chapter 11 cases and has assisted companies transitioning from public to private ownership, recapitalization, as well as representing both sellers and purchasers in asset sales through the bankruptcy process.  Her practice emphasizes business reorganization, creditors’ rights, secured transactions, and commercial and real property litigation.  In addition, she has assisted companies in resolving financial issues outside of bankruptcy, through workouts and assignments for the benefit of creditors.

Prior to entering private practice in 1984, Liz served as an extern for Justice Allen Broussard of the Supreme Court of the State of California and for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court Northern District of California.


Reported Decisions

  • In Re Kadjevich, 220 F. 3d 1016 (9th Cir. 2000)


  • University of San Francisco; J.D., magna cum laude (1984)
  • Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, California; M.A., Legal Studies (1978)
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; B.A., Geography (1976)

Close Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts
    • Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of California

Close Publications

Close Affiliations

  • California Bankruptcy Forum: 26th Annual Insolvency Conference, May 2014
    • Co-chair
  • State Bar of California
    • Business Law Section, Executive Committee, 2010-2013
  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee
    • Co-Chair, 2008-2010
    • Secretary, 2007-2008
    • Advisory Member, 2006
    • Member, 2003-2006
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California
    • Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, 2010-2013
  • Alameda County Bar Association
    • Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Executive Committee
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Northern California Chapter

Close Speaking & Teaching

  • "Bankruptcy Expert Tips for the Proof of Claims," Credit Management Association, April 2013
  • "The Proof is in the Claim: Considerations for Filing a Proof of Claim for a Client in a Bankruptcy Case," State Bar of California, November 2012
  • “Asset Protection Issues for Real Estate Investors,” Chinese-American Real Estate Association (CAREA), April 19, 2012
  • "Legal Issues In Real Estate Foreclosure," National Business Institute, November 2010
  • "Stop The Foreclosure: Will Bankruptcy Help?" California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 2010
  • "A Real Estate Attorney's Guide to the Bankruptcy Universe, or Why Does Bankruptcy Feel So Alien?" preparation of materials, Real Property Law Section, 25th Annual Retreat, State Bar of California, April 2010
  • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law,” panelist, National Business Institute, August 18, 2009
  • “Bankruptcy Issues for Commercial Real Estate,” co-presenter with Penn Butler and Tracy Green, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, May 13, 2009
  • Bankruptcy 101: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Bankruptcy,” co-presenter with Tracy Green, State Bar of California Section Education Institute, January 16, 2009
  • “Survivor California 2008: Current Issues in Real Property Insolvencies,” co-presenter, Section Education Institute, State Bar of California, January 2009

  • “Recent Developments: The Ninth Circuit Review Insolvency Law Committee,” co-presenter,  State Bar of California, 2006 – 2009

  • “Cleaning the Channel: Navigating the Sale Waters After Clear Channel,” co-presenter, Insolvency Law Committee, State Bar of California, July 2008

  • “Bankruptcy: What Every Business Lawyer Needs to Know,” co-presenter, Section Education Institute, State Bar of California, January 2005

  • “Bankruptcy in California,” Lorman Education Services, Oakland, May 2003; May 2004

Close Awards & Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell*
  • AV® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™ by Martindale-Hubbell*

*AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.