Faculty Profiles

Daniel Bussel

Daniel J. Bussel

Professor of Law
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1981
J.D. Stanford, 1985
UCLA Faculty Since 1991


Bankruptcy (with David Skeel). 10th ed. Foundation Press (2015). With Teacher's Manual. Supplement: 2017.
Contract Law and Its Application (with Arthur Rosett). 8th ed. Foundation Press (2011). With Teacher’s Manual.

Articles and Chapters

Corporate Governance, Bankruptcy Waivers and Consolidation in Bankruptcy, 36 Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal __ (forthcoming 2019). Full Text
Doing Equity in Bankruptcy, 34 Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal 11 (2018). Full Text
Ethics for Examiners, 84 Fordham Law Review 2073 (2016). Full Text
A Third Way: Examiners as Inquisitors, 90 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 59 (2016). Full Text
The Problem with Preferences, 100 Iowa Law Review Bulletin 11 (2014). Full Text
The Best of all Possible Worlds? A Rejoinder to Justice Liu, 61 UCLA Law Review 1270 (2014). Full Text
Opinions First--Argument Afterwards, 61 UCLA Law Review 1194 (2014). Full Text
No Conflict, 25 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 207 (2012). Full Text
Consent in Bankruptcy (with Kenneth Klee), 6 UCLA Journal of Scholarly Perspectives (2010).
Multiple Claims, Ivanhoe and Substantive Consolidation, 17 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 217-32 (2009). Full Text
Recalibrating Consent in Bankruptcy (with Kenneth Klee), 83 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 663-748 (2009). Full Text
Creditors' Committees as Estate Representatives in Bankruptcy Litigation, 10 Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance 28-37 (2004). Full Text
The Limits on Assuming and Assigning Executory Contracts (with Edward Friedler), 74 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 321-39 (2000). Full Text
Textualism's Failures: A Study of Overruled Bankruptcy Decisions, 53 Vanderbilt Law Review 887-946 (2000). Full Text
Current Developments in Postpetition Interest and Bidding Procedures, in 221st Annual Current Developments in Bankruptcy and Reorganization 1999 7-26 (PLI, 1999).
Current Developments in American Bankruptcy Law: Reforming Consumer Bankruptcy, 25 Journal of Japanese Institute of International Business Law [Kokusai Shoji Homu] 926-34 & 1073-81 (1997). (In Japanese) Full Text
Coalition Building Through Bankruptcy Creditors' Committees, 43 UCLA Law Review 1547-633 (1996). Full Text
Bankruptcy Appellate Reform: Issues and Options, 1995-1996 Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 257-69 (1995). Full Text
Liability for Concurrent Breach of Contract, 73 Washington University Law Quarterly 97-143 (1995). Full Text
Power, Authority, and Precedent in Interpreting the Bankruptcy Code, 41 UCLA Law Review 1063-100 (1994). Full Text
The Plaintiff's Burden in Defamation: Awareness and Falsity (with Marc A. Franklin), 25 William & Mary Law Review 825-89 (1984). Full Text


Opinion Analysis: Bankruptcy Priority Rules May not be Evaded in Chapter 11 Structured Dismissals, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 23, 2017).
Commentary: Wellness after Stern, SCOTUSblog (May 28, 2015).
The Problems with Preferences, Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable (May 12, 2015). Blog
A Third Way: Examiners As Inquisitors, CLS Blue Sky Blog (April 12, 2015). Blog
Brief for Amici Curiae Bankruptcy Law Scholars in Support of Petitioners, Baker & Botts LLC v. ASARCO LLC, Supreme Court of the United States Case No. 14-103, Dec. 10, 2014.
Recent Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decisions (with Kenneth Klee), Beverly Hills Bar Association (July 9, 2014).
Bankruptcy Sales (with Cynthia Cohen), First Milken UCLA-FLC Nuts & Bolts Bankruptcy Conference, Los Angeles (June 7, 2014).
Chapter 11 Plan Process (with Seth Goldman), Third MilKen UCLA-FLC Nuts & Bolts Bankruptcy Conference, Los Angeles (June 6, 2014).
Performance of Fulcrum Securities As A Success Metric in Bankruptcy (with Kenneth Klee), Bankruptcy Success Modeling Conference, UCLA School of Law (Feb. 15, 2013).
Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy (with Kenneth Klee), Sixteenth Annual Bankruptcy Conference, Lake George, NY (Nov. 11-12, 2011).
Anna Nicole, Stripped of Legacy Forces Bankruptcy System to Rerun Marathon (with Kenneth Klee & Sally Neely), Financial Lawyers Conference, Los Angeles, CA (Oct. 6, 2011).
Brief in Opposition on behalf of Marlene A. Penrod in AmeriCredit v. Marlene A. Penrod (with Kenneth Klee), Supreme Court of the United States (July 27, 2011).
After Philly News, Pacific Lumber, Chrysler and Metaldyne: Plans, Sales Secured Lenders Objections (and More)!, with Ben H. Logan & Jennifer Taylor (Dec. 9, 2010).
Reconsidering Catapult, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Community Law Bankruptcy Section Newsletter (Feb. 2001).
Plain-meaning Cases Lead to Costly and Flawed Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, American Bankers Institute Journal at 1 (Jul.-Aug. 2000).
On 203 N. LaSalle Street, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section Newsletter (Nov. 1999).
Seminole Tribe: Year Three Damage Assessment, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section Newsletter (Apr. 1999).
Reflections on Bankruptcy Reform, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section Newsletter (Oct. 1998).
Comments on Report of the Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeal, (Oct. 28, 1998).
Bankruptcy, 1998, 1997 Supplement (with William Warren). 4th ed. Foundation Press
Direct U.S. Court of Appeals Review of Bankruptcy Court Orders, Memorandum to ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee (Oct. 11, 1996).
Interlocutory Appeals of Bankruptcy Court Orders, Memorandum to ABA Joint Task Force on Bankruptcy Court Structure (July 18, 1996).
Briefing Paper. An Overview of Chapter 9 Bankruptcy. California Senate Special Committee on Local Government Investments, Orange County Bankruptcy Hearings, (Mar. 1, 1995).
Working Paper. Statistical Overview of Bankruptcy Appeals. San Antonio, TX: ABA Joint Task Force on Bankruptcy Court Structure, Spring Meeting, (Mar. 25, 1995).
Reforming the Bankruptcy Appellate Process, 2 Bankruptcy Litigation 20 (1994).
Seminar. Issue Conflicts. Los Angeles: Financial Lawyers Conference, (1994).
Seminar Materials. Coronado, CA: Financial Lawyers Conference, (April 15-17, 1994).