Elizabeth Berke-DreyfussAttorney

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP 1111 Broadway, 24th FloorOakland, CA 94607

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.



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

  • "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
  • "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
  • “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


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  • AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell*
  • AV® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™ by Martindale-Hubbell*
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2018


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