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Christopher G. Bradley

Assistant Professor of Law

Room 229 College of Law

(859) 257-6197


In fall 2016, Christopher G. Bradley joined the College of Law as an Assistant Professor. Professor Bradley’s research and teaching interests include commercial, business, and bankruptcy law.

Both in his research and his teaching, Professor Bradley adheres to an emphasis on “law in action” rather than “law in the books.” His research relies on empirical, historical, and theoretical approaches—all focused on how law impacts the realities of social, commercial, business, political, and cultural life. In his teaching, he seeks to bring important legal concepts to life for students by emphasizing their practical impact on our economy and on our society’s adherence to its core values. He is committed to helping students not simply understand the law, but also find and be prepared for careers that they will find fulfilling.

Professor Bradley is co-author of a bankruptcy casebook, Problems and Materials in Debtor and Creditor Law (7th ed., forthcoming 2021), with Douglas J. Whaley, and a well-regarded practitioners’ manual, Strategies for Creditors in Bankruptcy Proceedings (revised 7th ed., forthcoming), with Lynn M. LoPucki & Christopher R. Mirick. His article about the important new bankruptcy law, the Small Business Reorganization Act, will be appearing in the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review later this year.

Much of Professor Bradley's recent research has explored the impact of technology on business and commercial law. This research includes his article, "Disrupting Secured Transactions," Houston Law Review (2019), which explores the impact of the Internet of Things and related technologies on secured transactions law (UCC Art. 9); his article "The Consumer Protection Ecosystem: Law, Norms, and Technology," Denver Law Review (2020) which considers the role of technological and social change in the area of consumer law and policy; as well as his essay "FinTech’s Double Edges," Chicago-Kent Law Review (2018), which forms part of a symposium on the promises and perils of new financial technologies. Another article, "Business Entities as Skeleton Keys," Tulane Law Review (2020), discusses the power of modern business entity law to reshape other areas of law and regulation; and he is currently engaged in an empirical research project concerning the Bankruptcy Code's institution of the "Consumer Privacy Ombudsman," designed to protect consumers’ private data.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Bradley clerked for Judge Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then spent several years practicing with the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges. At Weil, he was recognized for pro bono service, which included the successful representation of an asylum petitioner from El Salvador and of a victim of domestic violence seeking a visa under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act.  
Professor Bradley then clerked for Judge Tony M. Davis of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. In this capacity he gained exposure to the wide range of matters brought before bankruptcy courts, from individual debtors trying to rebuild their credit to business entities and corporate groups pursuing reorganization.

Professor Bradley also practiced at the specialty bankruptcy and litigation firm of Hohmann Taube & Summers and with the Finance and Restructuring Group of the national firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. Professor Bradley’s practice included service to creditors and to debtors in bankruptcy, as well as to bankruptcy trustees and state court receivers. In addition to taking and defending depositions, drafting briefs and other court papers, participating in alternative dispute resolutions, and arguing to courts, he negotiated and drafted a range of business transaction documents. While at these firms, Professor Bradley also participated in several pro bono matters and served the bar in various roles, including as chair of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Professor Bradley remains committed to pro bono service and recently joined a small team of lawyers on a pro bono basis to serve as amici curiae in two cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Their efforts were part of a successful push to convince the court to reconsider a ruling on an important issue of bankruptcy law (Hawk v. Engelhart, No. 16-20641 (successfully supporting reconsideration of initial ruling); Lowe v. DeBerry, No. 17-50315 (successfully supporting reversal of district court opinion; amicus brief is cited in opinion dated Mar. 7, 2018).


  • A.B., summa cum laude, Princeton University (2001)
  • M.Phil. in Medieval English Literature with distinction, Balliol College, University of Oxford (2003)
  • J.D., magna cum laude, N.Y.U. School of Law (2007)
  • LL.M. in International Legal Studies,  N.Y.U. School of Law (2008)
  • D.Phil. in Medieval English Literature, Balliol College, University of Oxford (2008)

Books & Book Chapters

  • International Organizations and the Production of Indicators: The Case of Freedom House, in The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring Governance, Corruption, and Rule of Law (Sally Merry, Kevin Davis & Benedict Kingsbury eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2015).
  • Censorship and Cultural Continuity, in After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England (Vincent Gillespie & Kantik Ghosh eds., Brepols 2012).

Scholarly Articles

Christopher G. Bradley's scholarship is available for download at his SelectedWorks page.

  • Disrupting Secured Transactions, 56 Hous. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2019).
  • FinTech's Double Edges, 93 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 61 (2018). (Symposium on FinTech's Promises and Threats)
  • Trials of Conscience and the Story of Conscience, 24 Exemplaria: J. Theory Medieval & Renaissance Stud. 28 (2012). 
  • The Letter of Richard Wyche: An Interrogation Narrative, 127 PMLA 626 (2012).
  • Partner Capture in Public International Organizations, 44 Akron L. Rev. 261 (2011).
  • Book Review, 39 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 155 (2006) (reviewing Dan Sarooshi, International Organizations and Their Exercise of Sovereign Powers (2005) & Margaret P. Karns & Karen A. Mingst, International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance (2004)).  

Popular Media

Selected Presentations

  • Policy Principles for a New Paradigm in Financial Services, Workshop sponsored by Digital Finance Initiative, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School (March 2018).
  • The Deadbeat Debtors of Debtors in Bankruptcy, Young Bankruptcy Scholars Works-in-Progress Workshop (sponsored by American Bankruptcy Institute), Brooklyn Law School (November 2017).
  • Disrupting Secured Transactions, University of Kentucky College of Law Faculty Writers’ Workshop (November 2017).
  • Disrupting the UCC? Secured Transactions and the "Internet of Things", Stetson University College of Law (October 2017).
  • Regulatory Roundtable (Moderator), Florida Blockchain Public Conference, Coalition of Autonomous Legal Applications (COALA) and Stetson University College of Law (October 2017).
  • The Consumer Protection Frontier and the FinTech Arms Race, Central States Law School Association (October 2017).
  • Technological Change and The Future of Commercial Law, Southeastern Association of Law Schools New Scholars Presentation, Law and Technology Panel (August 2017).
  • Disrupting the UCC? Secured Transactions and the "Internet of Things", Oho State University Moritz College of Law (June 2017).
  • Ethics and Disclosures for Business and Consumer Practitioners, Austin Bar Association Bankruptcy Section (Apr. 2016) (with Henry Hobbs and Frank Lyon).
  • Exemptions (Including Homesteads)—Developments, Open Issues, and Best Practices34th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference (Nov. 2015).
  • Indicators, Law, and Governance, Panel Respondent, Indicators and the Ecology of Governance Conference, N.Y.U. School of Law (July 2015).
  • Developments in Bankruptcy Law, 48th Annual William W. Gibson, Jr., Mortgage Lending Institute (Sept. & Oct. 2014) (with Mark C. Taylor).
  • 363 Sales & Credit Bidding, Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, Western District of Texas (June 2014) (with Leif Clark and Hon. Tony M. Davis).