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Samir Parikh

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Professor Parikh’s research and writing focus on a variety of bankruptcy issues, including debtor forum shopping and municipal debt restructuring.  His recent article, Failing Cities and the Red Queen Phenomenon, 58 B.C. L. Rev. 559 (2017), offers an unprecedented empirical analysis of municipal bond offerings in order to disprove the argument that debt restructuring options increase borrowing costs for cities and counties.  In 2015, Professor Parikh’s article A New Fulcrum Point for City Survival, 57 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 221 (2015), was the winner of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ Call for Papers Competition.  The Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable selected both articles for distribution to its membership.  Professor Parikh’s scholarship has also appeared in the University of Connecticut Law Review, the University of Cincinnati Law Review, and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.  The Final Report of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 cites his articles in a number of different contexts.

In recognition of Professor Parikh’s innovative scholarship, the Fulbright Commission recently awarded him a 2018-19 Fulbright-Schuman grant.  Professor Parikh will spend Spring 2019 at various institutions throughout Europe researching EU insolvency policy and its effect on corporations and sovereign nations.  He will also be a Visiting Professor of Law at Oxford University during the Trinity Term. 

Professor Parikh is the Editor-in-Chief and an original contributing author for Bloomberg Law Bankruptcy Treatise.  He wrote the chapters addressing sections 323, 324, 325, 541, 542, 543, 549, 550, 551, and 552, among others. Further, he is a co-author of the seventh edition of the Examples & Explanations (Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor) study guide.

Professor Parikh also serves as the Kenneth H. Pierce Faculty Fellow and Director of the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership at Lewis & Clark College.

In 2012, Professor Parikh was the sole recipient of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Fellowship.  The fellowship is awarded to a bankruptcy scholar selected by a panel of federal judges, academics, and attorneys.


Before joining the faculty at Lewis & Clark Law School, Professor Parikh practiced complex financial restructuring at Latham & Watkins and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Los Angeles, California and Baker Botts in Houston, Texas.  While in private practice, Professor Parikh’s representations included the following engagements:

  • In re Lehman Brothers Holdings (counsel to official committee of unsecured creditors)
  • In re Trump Hotel & Casino Resorts (counsel to debtors)
  • In re Aloha Airlines (counsel to acquirer of assets)
  • In re Station Casinos (counsel to debtors)
  • In re Adelphia Communications Corp. (counsel to financial advisor)

Professor Parikh holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.  After graduation, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Alan M. Ahart of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

Professor Parikh serves on the Executive Council for the Commercial Law League.  He is also the Prelaw Advisor for Lewis & Clark College.


  • Failing Cities and the Red Queen Phenomenon, 58 B.C. L. Rev. 599 (2017) (with Zhaochen He)
  • A New Fulcrum Point for City Survival, 57 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 221 (2015) (winner of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools’ 2015 Call for Papers Competition)
  • Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise (Editor-in-Chief and Original Contributing Author)
  • Examples & Explanations (Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor) (co-author, 7th ed.)
  • Exploring the Chapter 9 Option for Oregon’s Municipalities, 50 Willamette L. Rev. 619 (2014) (with Oren Haker) [Solicited Symposium Article]
  • Modern Forum Shopping in Bankruptcy, 46 Conn. L. Rev. 159 (2013) (this article served as the template for venue reform legislation that is currently pending before Congress)
  • Saving Fraudulent Transfer Law, 86 Am. Bankr. L.J. 305 (2012) (cited in In re Lyondell Chemical Co.,2016 WL 4030937 (S.D.N.Y. 2016); recognized as one of the seminal articles on Section 546(e) and leveraged buyout avoidance (Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise, pt. II, ch. 74 (D. Michael Lynn et al. eds., 2016))
  • The Improper Application of the Clear-and-Convincing Standard of Proof:  Are Bankruptcy Courts Distorting Accepted Risk Allocation Schemes?  78 U. Cin. L. Rev. 271 (2009)
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Samir Parikh Professor of Law
2018-19 Fulbright-Schuman Scholar
Visiting Professor of Law, Oxford University
Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg Law Bankruptcy Treatise
Director, Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Kenneth H. Pierce Faculty Fellow

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