About Us

Joel A. FeuerJoel A. Feuer is Executive Director of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. A partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP since 1989, Feuer has handled a broad range of complex business law matters and has regularly counseled corporations and their directors and officers on corporate governance matters and transactions. He served as co-chair of the litigation department for Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher's Los Angeles and Century City offices and as one of the leaders of the firm's securities litigation practice group.

Douglas IrionDouglas Irion is the Manager of the Bankruptcy Research Database. He has a background in information science and more than five years of research and data management experience with Bulivant Houser Bailey PC in Portland, Oregon and Nossaman LLP in Los Angeles. He has been the manager of the Bankruptcy Research Database since 2010.


Lynn M. LoPuckiLynn M. LoPucki is the Security Pacific Bank Professor of Law at the UCLA Law School. LoPucki has done big-bankruptcy empirical research since 1984 and founded the Bankruptcy Research Database in 1994. His early research with William C. Whitford was funded by the National Science Foundation and published in the Penn, Wisconsin, and Cornell law reviews. He is the author of Courting Failure: How Competition for Big Cases Is Corrupting the Bankruptcy Courts (Michigan 2005) and Professional Fees in Corporate Bankruptcies: Data, Analysis, and Evaluation (with Joseph W. Doherty), (Oxford 2011).

Joseph W. DohertyJoseph W. Doherty is the Director of the Empirical Research Group (ERG) at the UCLA School of Law. Doherty is an expert in quantitative research design and methods. Through ERG he works with the UCLA School of Law faculty to conceptualize, design and execute empirical research across a broad range of legal fields. He has advised or collaborated with scholars in studies that include bankruptcy, legal aid, administrative law, pollution prevention, tax policy, gay rights, the living wage, campaign finance disclosure and international criminal law. He has published numerous studies based on Bankruptcy Research Database data, including Professional Fees in Corporate Bankruptcies: Data, Analysis, and Evaluation (with Lynn M. LoPucki), (Oxford 2011).

The BRD is supported by grants from these organizations:

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges

Turnaround Management Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

In funding the Success Modeling Project, these organizations do not endorse or express any opinion about the approach used by the project, or any conclusions, opinions, or report of any research results expressed in or disseminated by the project.

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