Keila Estevez, Associate

Keila Estevez

“My first exposure to the American legal system occurred in high school. I took a legal studies class where I quickly developed an interest in law.”
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After moving to the U.S., Cuba native and Bernstein-Burkley associate Keila Estevez became interested in the adversarial legal system. In college, she became the co-founder of a pre-law society where she focused on exploring various areas of law that eventually led her to focus on creditors’ rights.

Today, she utilizes this worldly outlook within the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group, where she focuses on devising reasonable resolutions, with minimal litigation and cost, by understanding a position’s strengths and weaknesses. In her young career, Keila has represented bankruptcy trustees, creditors’ committees, plan administrators, and secured and unsecured creditors.


The competent and reliable Keila handles bankruptcy matters with cases involving:

  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 11


Keila has substantial creditors’ rights and collections experience, having worked as a garnishment specialist for several years before attending law school at Duquesne University.

  • Florida Atlantic University (B.A. Political Science and Criminal Justice, cum laude, 2011)
  • Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 2017)
  • Intern for Judge Carlota Böhm of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Certified legal intern for Neighborhood Legal Services Association


  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • Member of Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Council Member of Allegheny County Bar Association (Bankruptcy and Commercial Law section)
  • Member of International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation – Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Member of Turnaround Management Association
  • Membership Chair of Judith K. Fitzgerald Bankruptcy Inns of Court