Professor Daniel Bussel's principal academic fields are contract law and bankruptcy. For over two decades at UCLA Law, he has taught Bankruptcy, Contracts, Corporate Reorganizations, Commercial Law, and Professional Responsibility. Since 2001, Professor Bussel has also been a partner at Klee Tuchin Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, a premier business reorganization and corporate insolvency boutique law firm. He brings both theoretical insights and relevant practical experience in bankruptcy to his classes at the law school.
Upon graduating from law school, Professor Bussel clerked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Thereafter, he served for one year as an associate independent counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the criminal investigation of the Wedtech scandal. Professor Bussel later practiced law at O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, specializing in corporate reorganizations. He is a Member of the American Law Institute, Fellow at the American College of Bankruptcy and is listed in Southern California Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.
Professor Bussel's most recent casebooks include Bankruptcy (with Professor David Skeel) (10th ed., 2015) and Contract Law and Its Application (9th ed., 2016). His scholarship ranges over a wide variety of bankruptcy, commercial law, contract, jurisdiction and legal process, and professional responsibility issues, generally in the context in the context of sophisticated commercial bankruptcy litigation and transactions.
Professor Bussel’s law practice has included representation of debtors (Jefferson County Alabama, Thorpe Insulation Co., Enron Creditors Recovery Corp., Pure Beauty Inc., Fountain View, Inc.), bondholder committees, creditors of all stripes, bankruptcy trustees and creditors' committees. In addition to the debtor representations listed above, he has represented key constituents in the chapter 11 cases of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Temecula Valley Bancorp, IndyMac Bancorp, Washington Mutual, American Suzuki, PG&E National Energy Group, Werner Ladder, ZiLOG, Inc., Malden Mills, Sunterra, Read-Rite, Strouds, and Global Health Sciences, as well as in many out-of-court restructuring and advisory matters. He has briefed and/or argued appeals before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit, the Tenth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit and the Delaware Supreme Court as well as in numerous district court proceedings. Published opinions in which Professor Bussel served as appellate counsel include Stern v. Marshall (US Supreme Court); In re Penrod (US Supreme Court (on cert.) and 9th Cir.); Continental Insurance Co. v. Thorpe Insulation Co. (9th Cir. and US Supreme Court (on cert.)); and Motor Vehicle Insurance Co. v. Thorpe Insulation Co. (9th Cir.).