Laura Coordes

Associate Professor of Law

Laura Coordes’s research focuses on bankruptcy and financial distress, including commercial law, large corporate reorganizations, and local government finance and policy. She teaches chapter 11 bankruptcy, secured transactions, and contracts.

Professor Coordes is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and frequently publishes in the ABI’s committee newsletters. She serves as a volunteer editor for the ABI’s Volo project, which summarizes and disseminates bankruptcy-related circuit court opinions. Professor Coordes is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) and has served as a peer reviewer for the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. Locally, she is an Honorary Master of the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court.

Before coming to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Professor Coordes practiced in the Business, Finance and Restructuring Department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York. She graduated with honors from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was a Bradley Fellow and served on The University of Chicago Law Review. After graduating from law school, she completed a legal fellowship at the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Virginia.

Selected Works

Restructuring Municipal Bankruptcy, 2016 Utah L. Rev. 307 (2016).

The Geography of Bankruptcy, 68 Vand. L. Rev. 381 (2015).


Assistant: KC Gardiner-Johnson

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., New York University, New York 2006

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 2010