Andrew B. Dawson

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge A. Jay Cristol Professor of Bankruptcy Law

J.D. 2008, Harvard Law School
B.A. 1999, Williams College

Phone: (305)284-8446
Office: C223

Professor Dawson joined the Miami Law faculty in 2011. He received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review and recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence and the Irving Oberman Memorial Award.  Before joining the faculty, he was a Kauffman Legal Fellow at Harvard Law School, clerked for the Hon. Jane R. Roth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and clerked for the Hon. Peter J. Walsh, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

His research has focused on the intersection of federal bankruptcy and labor laws, both in the corporate and municipal bankruptcy context.  Labor issues have played a major role in the restructuring of corporate debtors -- for example, in the airline, coal, and manufacturing industries -- and, more recently, have been a central element in municipal insolvency.  In addition to his scholarship in this field, he has served as the Reporter for the Labor and Benefits Subcommittee of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.  The ABI Commission worked for three years to study ways in which the Bankruptcy Code should be modernized to take into account the significant changes in corporate finance and corporate governance since the Code's enactment in 1978.

Professor Dawson has also contributed to the study of cross-border insolvency under the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency.  The United States adopted the Model Law in 2005, and Professor Dawson conducted the first empirical study of this new chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code.  In addition to his research in this field, he has also served on the advisory board of the Caribbean Insolvency Symposium and was inducted into the International Insolvency Institute’s NextGen Leadership Program in 2014.

Professor Dawson teaches Contracts, Commercial Law: Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, and Advanced Topics in Bankruptcy.


Selling Out, 41 Cardozo L. Rev. 2521 (2020).

Modularity in Cross-Border Insolvency, 93 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 677 (2018).

Beyond the Great Divide: Federalism Concerns in Municipal Insolvency, 11 Harv. L. & Pol'y Rev. 31 (2017).

Better than Bankruptcy?, 69 Rutgers U. L. Rev. 137 (2016).

Labor Activism in Bankruptcy, 89 Am. Bankr. L.J. 97 (2015).

The Problem of Local Methods in Cross-Border Insolvencies, 12 Berkeley Bus. L.J. 45 (2015).

Pensioners, Bondholders, and Unfair Discrimination in Municipal Bankruptcy, 17 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 1 (2014).

Collective Bargaining Agreements in Corporate Reorganizations, 84 Am. Bankr. L.J. 103 (2010).

 Media Appearances

Newspaper: "Experts say Tampa charity's contracts might not withstand legal scrutiny" 2013 Tampa Bay Times

Newspaper: "Miami Beach tennis center is still named after Abel Holtz" 2013


Presenter, “Municipal Bankruptcy Federalism,” Young Bankruptcy Scholars' Work-in-Progress Workshop at BrooklynLaw School, November 2014.

Presenter, “Maintaining Uniformity in Cross-Border Insolvency Law,” SEALS Conference, August 2014

Presenter, “State Priorities and Pension Debts,” SEALS Conference, August 2014

Moderator, “The Easy Fix: Is Repealing § 523(a)(8) Really the Answer?”, ABI Student Debt Symposium, May 2014.

Presenter, “State Priorities and Pension Debts,” Third Annual ERISA, Employee Benefits, and Social Insurance National Conference,Marquette Law School, March 2014

Panelist, “Chapter 15 Update,” ABI Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 2014

Presenter, “Labor Activism in Bankruptcy,” LatCrit Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2013

Presenter, “Labor Transformation and Bankruptcy Success,” SEALS Conference, August 2013

Panelist, “Scary Nightmares for Secured Lenders,” ABI Annual Southeastern Conference, July 2013 Presenter, “Labor Transformation and Bankruptcy Success,” FIU Law School, April 2013

Presenter, “Labor Transformation and Bankruptcy Success,” UCLA Law School, Bankruptcy Success Modeling Conference, February 2013

Phone: (305)284-8446
Office: C223
Faculty Assistant

Morris, Carolina

Phone: (305)284-3978
Office: C221

Area of Expertise

  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law