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New York City, NY

Edward R. Morrison

Columbia Law School
Bankruptcy & Finance


    Edward R. Morrison is the Charles Evans Gerber Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He is an expert in bankruptcy law and law and economics, including the causes and consequences of insolvency, both consumer and corporate. Morrison’s scholarship has addressed corporate reorganization, consumer bankruptcy, the regulation of systemic market risk, and foreclosure and mortgage modification.

    His research has been recognized by the bankruptcy bench and bar and has received support from the National Science Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts, among other foundations. His current work studies patterns in inter-creditor agreements; the surprising frequency of Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings among the urban poor of Chicago; market reactions to developing case law regarding the Trust Indenture Act, the extent to which unexpected health expenditures cause defaults and consumer bankruptcy filings; and the costs and benefits of the bankruptcy code’s special rules for financial contracts, such as repos. In 2012, Morrison received the John Wesley Steen Law Review Writing Prize from the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), along with Douglas Baird of the University of Chicago, for an article on the Dodd-Frank Act published in the ABI Law Review.

    Morrison is co-director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, a joint venture of Columbia’s Law and Business Schools. He is also an editor of the Journal of Legal Studies and a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference. He recently served as a director of the American Law & Economics Association, member of the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, and associate editor of the American Law & Economics Review.

    Morrison was the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics at the Law School from 2009 to 2012; and the Paul H. and Theo Leffmann Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 2013 to 2014.

    Before working in academia, Morrison clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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