Professor Ralph Brubaker is the James H.M Sprayregen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois. He served as interim dean of the College of Law at Illinois in 2008-2009 after serving as associate dean for Academic Affairs for the previous two years. He rejoined the Illinois faculty in 2004, returning to his alma mater after being a member of the faculty at Emory Law School for 10 years, where he also served as the faculty advisor to the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal.
Following law school, Professor Brubaker clerked for Judge James K. Logan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Later, he practiced in the bankruptcy and corporate reorganization group of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio, where he gained extensive experience in large- and medium-sized Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization proceedings, including prepackaged, leveraged buy-out, and mass-tort bankruptcies.
He is co-author of “Bankruptcy Law: Principles, Policies, and Practice” (with Charles J. Tabb) and has written numerous articles exploring the complex jurisdictional and procedural facets of federal bankruptcy proceedings. He is also the editor-in-chief and a contributing author of the Bankruptcy Law Letter (West Group).
EDUCATION: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.B.A.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, J.D.