Keith Berglund, principal and founder of The Berglund Group, has been practicing law since 1983. He began his legal career clerking for a federal bankruptcy judge in Chicago who was overseeing at that time one of the largest bankruptcy cases in the world – Energy Cooperative, Inc. For over 37 years, Mr. Berglund has been a zealous advocate and consultant for corporate and high net worth individuals with a focus on complex commercial, entertainment, litigation, and debt restructuring-related matters – with a special emphasis in Europe (Mr. Berglund was with the Royal Danish Consulate for three years), the Pacific Rim and Latin America.
Mr. Berglund’s significant and diversified financial, litigation, and Wall Street legal background has allowed Mr. Berglund to represent a wide variety of clients across several industry sectors, including, his eminence Pope Saint John Paul II, Universal Entertainment, BMG Entertainment, LaFace Records (conducted trial involving the then #1 group in the world “TLC”), Jive Records, Fox Films, eOne Entertainment (Death Row Records), Nordisk Films, Island Records, Sony Entertainment, EMI Publishing, Gloria Estefan, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Madonna, Nordisk Film – “Babette’s Feast – Best Foreign Film, Lone Star Opportunity Fund, Hyatt Corporation, CIT, Bank America Business Credit, GECC, numerous Asian Financial Institutions, Heller Financial and a number of venture capital funds, including Brentwood Venture Capital and many others.
Mr. Berglund was nominated to West Point in 1975 and subsequently received his Bachelor of Science (concentration in finance) in Business from Eastern Illinois University in 1979. Mr. Berglund then earned an M.B.A. (concentration in finance/accounting) and his J.D. with honors (top 5%) from DePaul University in 1983. Mr. Berglund was a trust analyst with The Northern Trust for three years and worked for a Fortune 100 company as a financial analyst prior to entering law school. Mr. Berglund also participated in the exclusive 2019 Harvard University Executive MBA Program – “This Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports.” Mr. Berglund also Externed and clerked with the Hon. David Coar, N.D. Illinois and the Hon. Frederick j. Hertz, Bankruptcy Judge N.D. Illinois.
Mr. Berglund is a member of and licensed with the California, Illinois, Georgia, and Texas Bar Associations and is ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Further, Mr. Berglund has been rated within the top 5% of lawyers in California by Super Lawyers and has received a number of other accolades for high performance in the profession.
Mr. Berglund is an avid philanthropist who has lectured extensively in the areas of debt restructuring (engineered restructuring which was Business Week stock of the year), international business, entertainment, sophisticated business litigation, and bankruptcy. He has been an active member of big brother programs in Chicago and Atlanta and he was a member of the board of the Atlanta Youth Orchestra and Atlanta Arts Festival. Mr. Berglund has for a number of years coached boys’ basketball and football in the Los Angeles community. Mr. Berglund is also on the advisory council of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and on the executive board of the Norwegian American Chambers of Commerce, Los Angeles World Affairs Council – International Circle, and the Presidential Association for the San Diego Zoo and Wildlife Park. Mr. Berglund was also the commencement speaker for Eastern Illinois University for 2016. Mr. Berglund was on the Board of Alpha Leadership Academy, which provided educational training and leadership for disadvantaged youths in South-Central Los Angeles.