Berke-Dreyfuss, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Berke-Dreyfuss
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
edreyfuss@wendel.com

Education

University of San Francisco; J.D., magna cum laude

Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, California; M.A., Legal Studies

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; B.A., Geography

Admissions

State Bar of California

  • Profile
  • PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS
  • AFFILIATIONS
  • Recognition
  • INSIGHTS

A partner in the firm’s bankruptcy practice, Liz represents creditors, trustees, and debtor clients in a broad range of bankruptcy and insolvency matters for businesses and individuals. With more than 25 years of experience, Liz demonstrates a rare ability to listen and understand clients’ needs, paired with tireless perseverance in seeking creative solutions to optimize beneficial results.

Insolvency and Restructuring

Liz has substantial experience in guiding clients through Chapter 11 reorganization, transitioning from public to private ownership, and recapitalization. She has represented both sellers and purchasers in asset sales in and out of the bankruptcy process, and advised clients regarding and defending avoidance actions, objections to claims, matters requiring relief from the automatic stay and contracts and leases impacted by bankruptcy. Liz also has substantial experience in liquidations, both in Chapter 7 bankruptcies as well as outside of bankruptcy.

 Workouts and Creditor Rights

In addition to business reorganization and liquidations, Liz is experienced in creditors’ rights matters, secured transactions, and commercial and real property litigation. She assists companies in resolving financial issues outside of bankruptcy, through workouts and assignments for the benefit of creditors. Liz also has substantial experience in state and federal court receiverships, and represents receivers and the parties to those actions.

Experience and Distinction

Liz is active in a number of professional and bar associations, and frequently speaks and writes on bankruptcy and real estate issues. She is highly regarded by clients and colleagues and consistently recognized in rankings of top attorneys in her field.

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.

ProVisors

California Bankruptcy Forum

  • Co-chair, 26th Annual Insolvency Conference, May 2014

State Bar of California

  • Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee – Executive Committee, 2010-2013 (member, 2003-2006; Advisory Member, 2006; Secretary, 2007-2008; Co-chair, 2008-2010)

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

  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell and 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.
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2019

Liz is a frequent author and has contributed to CEB books, including Mortgage Deed of Trust and Ground Leasing for several years.

News

Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07/08/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, announces that 22 attorneys have been named to the 2019 edition of Northern California…

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Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07/10/2018

OAKLAND, Calif., July 10, 2018 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP announces that 26 attorneys have been named to the 2018 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers, including two…

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Education

University of San Francisco; J.D., magna cum laude

Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, California; M.A., Legal Studies

Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; B.A., Geography

Admissions

State Bar of California