Thomas L. Eovaldi

Professor of Law Emeritus


Thomas L. Eovaldi’s major teaching and research areas are consumer bankruptcy and credit regulation, and financial restructuring of businesses using Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. One of his recent writings, “The Impact of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 on Consumer Bankruptcy”, appeared in the Journal of Law and Economics and focused on the impact of changes in bankruptcy law on the utilization rate by nonbusiness debtors of the federal bankruptcy process. Using both econometric analysis and cross-sectional analysis of a sample of consumer debtors, his study demonstrated that legal changes likely had a relatively small impact on the growth in the number of consumer bankruptcies.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Creditors and Debtors
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Structuring Transactions
  • Bankruptcy


  • BS with honors, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • LLB with honors, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prior Appointments

  • Perkins-Bauer Teaching Professor of Law, 1990-1991
  • Associate Dean for Clinical Education, 1976-1977
  • Assistant Dean for Clinical Education, 1974-1976
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1970-1973
  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1967-1970
  • Attorney, 1965-1967, Jenner & Block

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