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Benjamin W. Reeves

Benjamin W. Reeves

Partner| Phoenix

Ben Reeves practices in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization group. He primarily litigates creditor’s rights issues under both state law and federal bankruptcy law with two main areas of practice. First, Ben often represents secured creditors as they recover their real property collateral and seek repayment from borrowers and guarantors. Accordingly, Ben has extensive experience with foreclosure and trustee’s sales, guarantor and deficiency actions, and the enforcement of pre- and post-judgment remedies. Second, Ben also frequently litigates issues involving receivership law. He has had substantial experience, in particular, with pre-judgment receivership actions involving the liquidation of distressed property, equity receivership actions involving disputes amongst business owners, and post-judgment receivership actions involving the collection of a judgment or the dissolution or a company.

Since joining the firm in 2007, Ben has served as the President of the Bankruptcy Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, he is the primary architect of the firm’s Real Estate Litigation Blog, and he has volunteered his time as an Observer to the Model Commercial Real Estate Receiverships Act Drafting Committee of the Uniform Law Commission.

  • Represented numerous large-cap banks in complex bankruptcy, deficiency and judgment enforcement actions in state and bankruptcy court
  • Assisted nine-figured secured creditor confirm a creditors’ plan over the debtor’s objection
  • Represents judgment creditors in complex judgment enforcement actions
  • Substantial experience with state court receivership actions and litigation involving either the recovery of secured property, or business disputes
  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2007)
    • Phi Delta Phi, legal ethics fraternity
    • Quarterfinalist, William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition
  • Arizona State University Honors College (B.A., Religious Studies, minors in Economics and Philosophy, summa cum laude, 2004)
    • Honors College T.A. Program
    • Co-Curricular Program, Student Advisory Board
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Bankruptcy Section, Immediate Past Chair (2014), Chair (2013), Vice-Chair (2011-2012)
    • Membership Committee (2011-2012)
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (2014-present)
  • Commission on Appellate Court Appointments
    • Commissioner (2015)
  • Uniform Law Commission
    • Observer to the Drafting Committee on a Model Act on the Appointment and Powers of Real Estate Receivers
  • American Bar Association
  • American Mensa (2012-2013)
  • "The Real Estate Litigation Blog," Author
  • "'Lost Profits' Completely Offset Lender Deficiency Claims," Author, Law 360, New York (January 13, 2016)
  • "When do Title Cos. Owe a Duty of Care to Third Parties?," Author, Law360, New York (September 10, 2015)
  • “It Just Got a Little Bit Harder to Enforce Judgment Liens in Arizona,” Author, ABA Section of Litigation, Title Insurance Litigation Committee Newsletter (Spring 2015)
  • "If Receiver's Sales Aren't Foreclosures, Then What Are They?," Co-Author, ABA Section of Litigation, Corporate Counsel Newsletter (March 31, 2015)
  • "Pursuing and Defending Bankruptcy Avoidance Actions," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, 1.5 Hour CLE Presentation, Phoenix, AZ (June 15, 2012)
  • "Real Estate Fundamentals: Session I – Bankruptcy Impacts on Real Estate Disputes," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, 1.5 Hour CLE Presentation, Phoenix, AZ (February 10, 2012)
  • "Common Bankruptcy Litigation Issues," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, CLE Presentation, Phoenix, AZ (June 29, 2010)
  • "Challenges in the Foreclosure/Trustee’s Sale Process," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, CLE Presentation, Phoenix, AZ (June 9, 2010)
  • "Foreclosure and Trustee Sale Issues (Commercial and Residential)," Co-Presenter, Maricopa County Bar Association, CLE Presentation (February 23, 2010)
  • "Effective Deposition Skills Program," National Institute of Trial Advocacy, San Diego, CA (January 2010)
  • "An Overview of Landlord Rights Against Tenants in Bankruptcy," Co-Author, ABA Commercial Business & Litigation Newsletter, 11 Com. & Bus. Litig. No. 1 (Fall 2009)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (2014-2015)
  • Rising Star Man of the Year, American Cancer Society (2015)
  • American Cancer Society, Phoenix Advisory Board of Directors (2014-2015)
  • Special Olympics, Emerging Leaders Board (2015)
  • Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission, Appointed by Governor Jan Brewer (2012-2014)
  • Phoenix Regions Sports Commission, Friend (2012)
  • Arizona Appellate Court, Extern to Hon. Jefferson Lankford (Summer 2005)
  • Arizona State University Honors College, Teaching Assistant to Professor Jonathan Lynch (Spring 2004)
  • Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit