Welcome Guest Blogger Jonathan Lipson

I’m delighted to welcome back Jonathan Lipson as a guest blogger. Jonathan is now the Foley & Lardner Professor of Law at Wisconsin Law School, having left Temple – where he was a warm and generous colleague – this past Spring.  Jonathan’s  principal research focus is business failure:  how does–and should–the legal system respond when firms can’t pay their bills?

He has written scores of articles and book chapters considering this question from a variety of perspectives, focusing in particular on issues of governance (who gets to make decisions for the troubled firm?) and information (who knows what, when, and how about the problem?).  He has published in many of the nation’s top law reviews, including those of the UCLABoston UniversityNotre Dame, and Southern California law schools.  His work is frequently cited, including by leading business courts, such as the Delaware Supreme Court, the Delaware Chancery Court and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

An occasional empiricist, Jonathan recently published the first study of the use of “examiners” in large chapter 11 bankruptcies.  He also developed and published the first empirical study of lawyers’ practice of writing closing opinions in large and complex transactions.  This paper was selected for presentation at the Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty forum in 2005.  His qualitative empirical study of distress investors”The Shadow Bankruptcy System“was recently excerpted in a leading collection on the current financial crisis. (Incidentally, you can see some of his blog posts developing this concept on CoOp here.)

Jonathan  teaches a variety of business law courses, including bankruptcy, contracts, commercial law, and an award-winning deal-based simulation.  He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, and is active with the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, where he is a member of the Section Council and was, from 2004-2010 a member (and during 2008-2010 the Chair) of the Section’s Publications Board. He is also a past Chair of the Business Law Education Committee and the Uniform Commercial Code Task Force on Forms under Revised Article 9 of the UCC.  During 2003-2004, he was the Chair of the Section on Commercial and Related Consumer Law of the Association of American Law Schools.  He has also served as an expert in complex reorganizations, including that of Enron Corp.

Welcome back Jonathan!

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