Bruce A. Markell is the Professor of Bankruptcy Law and Practice at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. From 2004 to 2013, he was a United States bankruptcy judge, sitting in Nevada and on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit.
After law school, he clerked for then-judge Anthony M. Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated first in his law school class at the King Hall School of Law at the University of California, Davis, and was editor-in-chief of the law review. Before taking the bench, Professor Markell practiced bankruptcy and business law in Los Angeles for ten years (where he was a partner at Sidley & Austin), and was a law professor for fourteen.
He is the author of numerous articles on bankruptcy and commercial law, and a co-author of four law school casebooks. He contributes to Collier on Bankruptcy, and is a member of Collier’s editorial advisory board. He has been a visiting professor at, among other schools, Peking University School of Law in Beijing, and Harvard Law School.
He is a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and a member of the International Insolvency Institute.
He recently completed a project redrafting Kosovo’s bankruptcy law. He consults regularly with the International Monetary Fund on insolvency-related issues (having been part of the IMF’s missions to Ireland, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Belarus, Georgia, and Greece). He represented the International Bar Association at UNCITRAL’s (United Nation’s Commission on International Trade Law) working group sessions on international receivables, and has advised the Republic of Indonesia on bankruptcy and secured credit reform.