Lawrence Ponoroff

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Lawrence Ponoroff
Residence New Orleans, LA
Nationality  United States
Citizenship USA
Alma mater Stanford Law School
Loyola University of Chicago
Known for Making and Doing Deals and Core Concepts of Commercial Law
Awards Teaching awards at Tulane and the University of Michigan (both awarded in 1997)
Scientific career
Fields Law, Bankruptcy
Institutions Michigan State University College of Law - starting July 1, 2016, Tulane University Law School, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Lawrence Ponoroff is the Samuel M. Fegtly Chair in Commercial Law and former dean of the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He was previously the 21st dean of Tulane Law School from 2001–2009, taking the reins from Edward F. Sherman after having taught at Tulane Law for six years. Prior to joining Tulane he practiced law for eight years (including two as a partner) and taught at several other institutions, including the University of Michigan Law School. He is a leading expert on bankruptcy, and holds several national appointments to bankruptcy law committees, including the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules to the Judicial Conference of the United States. Among U.S. law students he is known for creating the Making and Doing Deals and Core Concepts of Commercial Law casebooks.

Teaching awards[edit]

  • Teaching award at the Tulane University Law School, 1997.
  • Teaching award at the University of Michigan, 1997.
  • Teaching award at the University of Arizona, 2016.


Ponoroff has authored numerous articles in bankruptcy journals and at law reviews at Tulane, NYU, Northwestern, the University of Michigan, and other institutions. He has also written several notable casebooks used by U.S. law students. Some of his more popular publications are listed below.


  • Making and Doing Deals: Contracts in Context, (with Epstein and Markell), with Teacher's Manual, LexisNexis (2002) (Second edition 2006).
  • Core Concepts of Commercial Law: Past, Present & Future, (with Dolan and Markell), with Teacher's Manual, Thompson/West (2004).
  • Supplement to Basic Concepts in Commercial Law, with Revised Teacher's Manual, Thompson/West (2000).
  • Basic Concepts in Commercial Law: Cases and Materials, (with Dolan), with Teacher's Manual, Thompson/West (1998).
  • Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation (with Snyder), Thompson/West originally Clark Boardman & Co.) (1989 and supps.).


  • Principles of Preclusion and Estoppel in Bankruptcy Cases, (co-authored), 79 AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY LAW JOURNAL 839 (2006).
  • The Immovable Object Versus the Irresistible Force: Rethinking the Relationship Between Secured Credit and Bankruptcy Policy, (co-authored), 95 U. MICH. L. REV. 2234 (1997).
  • Exemption Limitations: A Tale of Two Solutions, 71 AM. BANKR. L.J. 221 (1997).
  • Vicarious Thrills: The Case for Application of Agency Rules in Bankruptcy Dischargeability Litigation, 70 TUL. L. REV. 2515 (1996).
  • Construction Claims in Bankruptcy: Making the Best of a Bad Situation, 11 BANKR. DEV. J. 343; reprinted in THE LAW OF DISTRESSED REAL ESTATE (West Group 2001) (1995).
  • Debtors Who Convert Their Assets on the Eve of Bankruptcy: Villains or Victims of the Fresh Start, (co-authored), 70 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 235 (1995).
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't: An Unceremonius Encore for Two-Transfer Thinking in the Analysis of Indirect Preferences, 69 AM. BANKR. L.J. 203 (1995).
  • The Implied Good Faith Filing Requirement: Sentinel of an Evolving Bankruptcy Policy, (co-authored), 85 NW. U. L. REV.919 (1991), reprinted in Charles Tabb, BANKRUPTCY ANTHOLOGY (Anderson Publications 2001).

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Edward F. Sherman
Tulane University Law School Dean
June 2001 – 2009
Succeeded by
David Meyer