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Samir Parikh

Associate Professor of Law

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Before joining the faculty at Lewis & Clark Law School, Samir D. Parikh practiced complex financial restructuring at Latham & Watkins and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Los Angeles, California and Baker Botts in Houston, Texas.

Professor Parikh’s practice focused on the representation of corporate debtors and secured and unsecured creditors in both transactional and litigation-related engagements, including the representation of parties that acquire assets through plans of reorganization and section 363 asset sales.

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)
  • In re Leap Wireless International (counsel to debtors)

Prior to working in private practice, Professor Parikh was a law clerk for the Honorable Alan M. Ahart of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.


Professor Parikh’s research and writing focus on promoting uniformity in the decision-making processes behind key forms of relief in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in order to eliminate debtor forum shopping – a significant problem due to the relative freedom the Bankruptcy Code affords corporate debtors in selecting venue.

Professor Parikh’s recent publications are Modern Forum Shopping in Bankruptcy, 46 Conn. L. Rev. 159 (2013), Saving Fraudulent Transfer Law, 86 Am. Bankr. L. J. 305 (2012), 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), and Preventing Management’s Misconduct From Leading to the Appointment of a Chapter 11 Trustee, Am. Bankr. Inst. J., Vol XXVII, No. 6 (July/August 2008).


On October 8, 2014, Professor Parikh was a panelist at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.  Professor Parikh debated the merits of venue reform with bankruptcy luminaries Professor Douglas Baird (The University of Chicago Law School), Jaime Sprayregen (Kirkland & Ellis), and the Hon. Arthur Gonzalez, among others.

In 2013, Bloomberg Law’s bankruptcy editorial board selected Professor Parikh to be an original contributing author for Bloomberg on Bankruptcy, a new bankruptcy treatise. The board is comprised of some of the most prominent jurists, practitioners, and academics in the field, including David Skeel (University of Pennsylvania Law School), Stephen Youngman (Weil, Gotshal & Manges), Nancy Rapoport (UNLV Law School), Hon. Dennis Michael Lynn (N.D. Tex.), Thomas Luria (White & Case), and Hon. Cecelia Morris (S.D.N.Y.).

Professor Parikh serves on the Executive Council for the Commercial Law League.

On November 22, 2013, the Venue Reform Group (“VRG”) - a nationwide organization of attorneys proposing significant modifications to the bankruptcy venue rules – presented their case at a panel discussion before the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.  Many of the VRG’s key arguments and recommendations were drawn from Professor Parikh’s Modern Forum Shopping in Bankruptcy. 

In November of 2013, Professor Parikh was selected to participate in the Law & Economics Center’s public choice workshop held at Stanford University in March of 2014.

Professor Parikh was the sole recipient of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Fellowship (2012) for his article Saving Fraudulent Transfer Law. The fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding bankruptcy scholar as selected by a panel of federal judges.

Professor Parikh received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School and his BBA from the University of Miami.


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Academic Credentials

  • J.D. 2001 University of Michigan
  • B.B.A. 1997 University of Miami


Works Published As Part of a Collection

  • Modern Forum Shopping in Bankruptcy, 46 Connecticut Law Review 159 (2013)
  • Saving Fraudulent Transfer Law, 86 The American Bankruptcy Law Journal 305 (2012)
  • The Improper Application of the Clear-and-Convincing Standard of Proof: Are Bankruptcy Courts Distorting Accepted Risk Allocation Schemes? 78 University of Cincinnati Law Review 271 (2009) (SSRN Link)
  • Preventing Management’s Misconduct From Leading to the Appointment of a Chapter 11 Trustee, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXVII, No. 6 (2008)
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Samir Parikh Associate Professor of Law

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