• University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., with high honors, 1977)
  • Hastings College of Law, University of California (J.D. 1981)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • 1981, California

Kenneth H. Brown

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San Francisco
Tel: 415.263.7000

Mr. Brown has extensive experience in bankruptcy and commercial litigation.  He has represented and advised debtors, unsecured creditors, secured creditors, insurers, creditors’ committees, and trustees in complex chapter 11 and chapter 15 cases and in related litigation in both state and federal court, including defending employers in WARN Act class-action litigation and advising them on the intersection of the WARN Act and bankruptcy. Mr. Brown also has extensive experience representing professional firms and their principals in dissolutions and bankruptcies. He is a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara and received his J.D. at Hastings College of the Law, where he was articles editor for the Hastings Law Journal. Mr. Brown is a director of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, a former member of the State Bar of California Business Law Section Subcommittee on Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy and frequently serves as a mediator for the Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program for the Northern District of California and the San Francisco Bar Association. He holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. He was listed in the 2018 and 2019 editions of Best Lawyers in America for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy. Mr. Brown is admitted to practice in California and is a resident in our San Francisco office. 


Professional Affiliations

  • Director, Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum (2001-)
  • Mediator, San Francisco Bar Association, Early Settlement Program (1997-2003)
  • Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California (1994-)
  • Member, State Bar of California Business Law Section Debtor/Creditor Committee (1999-2002)

Programs and Lectures

Lecturer, American Bankruptcy Institute; Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors; Bar Association of San Francisco; Santa Clara County Bar Association


  • "Discovery in Debt Collection Actions," in Debt Collection Practice in California (2d ed. 2000)
  • "Tenants in Distress: Pitfalls and Opportunities for the Retail Landlord," Shopping Center Business (1998).
  • "Law Firm Break-Ups and Bankruptcies," 3 Legal Malpractice Report (No. 2 1992)
  • Co-author, "Dissolutions of Professional Firms Under State Law," in program materials for the Third Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute (1989)