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John A. E. Pottow

John A. E. Pottow joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2003.  
John A. E. Pottow is an internationally recognized expert in the field of bankruptcy and commercial law. His award-winning scholarship concentrates on the issues involved in the regulation of cross-border insolvencies as well as consumer financial distress. He has published in prominent legal journals in the United States and Canada and testified before Congress. An oft-invited lecturer, he has presented his works at academic conferences around the world and frequently provides commentary for national and international media outlets such as NPR, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN and the BBC.

Pottow joined the faculty in 2003. Prior to coming to Michigan, he worked at several bankruptcy firms, including Weil, Gotshal and Manges of New York and the former Hill & Barlow of Boston. His practice focused on debtor representation in complex Chapter 11 restructurings. He was also an active pro bono litigator whose cases included representing a gender-based asylum seeker from Afghanistan in U.S. Immigration Court and a small bankruptcy party before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He holds an A.B. in psychology, summa cum laude, from Harvard College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as treasurer of the Harvard Law Review. Pottow clerked for the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, and the Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is licensed as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario and an attorney in Massachusetts. In 2005, Pottow was presented the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching.

See also Prof. Pottow's blog.

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