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Ben Young represents parties in insolvency matters. He has extensive experience in workouts, restructurings, bankruptcies, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. 

His clients include lenders, financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors, distressed investment funds, businesses, receivers, special servicers, and creditors' committees. 

Ben is Partner in JMBM's Bankruptcy Group, which is recognized by U.S. News & World Report / Best Law Firms® with a Metropolitan First-Tier Ranking (San Francisco) for Bankruptcy Litigation and Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Previous engagements include the representation of the servicer of a mezzanine loan secured by a corporate campus located in the Silicon Valley; Algonquin Gas Transmission in the Boston Generating bankruptcy case; Ambac Assurance Company as a secured creditor in the Local Insight Media Chapter 11 case and in the restructuring of a securitized film financing vehicle with an independent motion picture studio; the purchaser of the Hard Rock Park, a rock and roll themed amusement park, in the Chapter 7 case of its owner, the owner of a partially completed multi-billion dollar resort property in the restructuring of its finances, and assignees for the benefit of creditors in numerous matters.

Ben is a former Chair of the California State Bar's Insolvency Law Committee, is a past president of the Northern California Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, and has been a member of the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California and of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum. He is a frequent speaker on business bankruptcy issues including the topic Navigating Financial Stress Issues with Small Business Clients.

Ben's Webinar

Click the image above to watch a webinar Ben presented on the 
topic of "How to Choose the Right Filing for Bankruptcy."


J.D., UC College of the Law, San Francisco (Formerly UC Hastings), 1982
magna cum laude

B.A., University of California, San Diego, 1979

Bar Admissions State Bar of California

Conference Co-Chair, Turnaround Management Association Western Regional Conference, 2011-2012

Member, Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, 2002 to 2005

Member, Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, 1999 to 2002 (Chair, 2001 to 2002)

Member, Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, 2001 to 2004

Member, Board of Directors, Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, 2000 to 2003

President, Northern California Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, 1996 to 1998

Awards & Recognition
  • Recognized as a "Northern California Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers Magazine and San Francisco Magazine, 2012-2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Rating in Banking and Finance Law
  • Top Rated Lawyer for Energy Law, Environmental Law, Land Use Law. Martindale-Hubbell (2013)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy, 2016-2024
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