Skip to main content

About Adrian J Walters

Professor Adrian Walters is the Ralph L. Brill Professor of Law and as such holds the law school's first endowed faculty chair. His principal teaching and research interests lie in the fields of bankruptcy and business law. At Chicago-Kent, he currently teaches Bankruptcy, International Bankruptcy, and Business Organizations.

Born and raised in Nottingham in the United Kingdom, Professor Walters earned a bachelor's degree in history with honors from the University of Cambridge (1989) and a graduate diploma in law from Nottingham Trent University (1990). He subsequently passed the Law Society Solicitors' Final Examination (1991) before qualifying as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (1993). Between 1991 and 1994, he practiced in the areas of corporate and commercial law and bankruptcy law at the law firm of Eking Manning, which later merged with Geldards LLP.

Prior to joining the Chicago-Kent faculty in July 2011, Professor Walters was the Geldards LLP Professor of Corporate and Insolvency Law at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, his hometown institution and one of his almae matres. He began his academic career at Nottingham Trent in 1994 as a lecturer, becoming a reader in law (equivalent to associate professor) in 2002 and a full professor in 2005.

Professor Walters publishes widely in the areas of bankruptcy law (both corporate and individual) and general corporate and commercial law. He is co-author of Directors' Disqualification and Insolvency Restrictions (Sweet & Maxwell, 3d ed. 2010) (with M. Davis-White Q.C.), the leading treatise on the U.K.'s Company Directors Disqualification Act of 1986. His articles, notes and reviews (both sole-authored and co-authored) have appeared in numerous journals, including American Bankruptcy Law Journal, Company Lawyer, European Company and Financial Law Review, International Insolvency Review, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Law Quarterly Review, and Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly. He is a past general editor of the Nottingham Law Journal, the in-house journal of Nottingham Law School, and is a current editor of Company Lawyer and International Insolvency Review. He has also conducted empirical research for the Insolvency Service (the U.K. government agency that has responsibility for bankruptcy law and policy) and the Insolvency Practices Council (a U.K. public interest body).

In 2009, Professor Walters was made an honorary member of the U.K.'s Chancery Bar Association in recognition of his "proven expertise in teaching and research in the chancery sphere." In 2009, he was also selected to serve as an INSOL scholar during 2009-10 by INSOL International, a global umbrella organization for national associations of accountants and lawyers focusing on bankruptcy and restructuring. Professor Walters is a member of the following advisory bodies and professional associations: the U.K. Insolvency Lawyers' Association's Academic Advisory Group, the U.K. Association of Business Recovery Professionals, INSOL International, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He served as the academic member of the U.K. Insolvency Service's Policy Evaluation Group between 2005 and 2011.

Professor Walters is married to Rachel, and they have one daughter, Alice. He remains devoted to the other love of his life, Nottingham Forest Football Club, his hometown's professional soccer team.


Present Faculty Member, Chicago-Kent College of Law


Enter a valid date range.

Enter a valid date range.

Articles (55)