Michael Simkovic

Associate Professor

  • Degrees:

  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Duke University
  • Contact:

  • Tel:  973-642-8364
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Secured Transactions

Michael Simkovic

Michael Simkovic

Associate Professor

Professor Simkovic's research focuses on the regulation of credit markets through the United States Bankruptcy Code, and the regulation of financial markets in general through mandatory disclosure requirements. His research was cited in the U.S. Congress' Joint Economic Committee report recommending sweeping reforms of the credit card industry, which were enacted in 2009. His research has also been cited by researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Government Accountability Office and in popular publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, the Atlantic, and USA Today. He has presented his research at the American Law & Economics Association Conference, the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, the National Tax Association, and at Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Berkeley, Northwestern, University of Virginia, UCLA, and USC.

Professor Simkovic is an expert on the credit card industry, causes of the financial crisis of 2008, credit default swaps, securitization, leveraged buyouts, fraudulent transfer law (and other avoidance actions), and open market stock repurchases.  

Professor Simkovic has served as a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and at Fordham University. Before joining the Seton Hall faculty, Professor Simkovic was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York concentrating in bankruptcy litigation; a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, specializing in legal, regulatory and business issues affecting financial services companies; and an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard Law School.

At Davis Polk, Professor Simkovic defended leveraged buyout lenders in Lyondell Chemical. He also assisted in the settlement of multi-million dollar class-action suit related to mortgage-lending and helped a global investment bank monitor and analyze the business impact of SEC proposals. 

At McKinsey, Professor Simkovic analyzed the likely impact on mortgage originators and securitizers of new regulations proposed in response to the subprime mortgage crisis, analyzed demographic and financial trends to help develop retirement products, and helped global financial services firms reduce costs, forecast demand, and optimize capacity. 

At the New York Attorney General's Office, Professor Simkovic investigated retail financial service companies engaged in illegal and deceptive sales practices.



The Knowledge Tax, 82 U. Chi. L. Rev. _ (forthcoming 2015)

The Economic Value of a Law Degree, 43 J. Legal Stud. 249 (2014) (Co-authored with Frank McIntyre; presented at 2013 American Law & Economics Association Conference, Conference on Empirical Legal Studies)

Populist Outrage, Reckless Empirics: A Review of Failing Law Schools, 108 NW. U. L. Rev. Online 176 (2014) (Co-authored)

Competition and Crisis in Mortgage Securitization, 88 Ind. L.J. 213 (2013) (Winner of the 2012 American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition; presented at American Association of Law Schools Conference 2012)

Risk-Based Student Loans, 70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 527 (2013)

Leveraged Buyout Bankruptcies, The Problem of Hindsight Bias, and the Credit Default Swap Solution, 2011 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 118 (2011) (with co-author)

The Effect BAPCPA on Credit Card Industry Profits and Prices, 83 Am. Bankr. L.J. 1 (2009)

Secret Liens and the Financial Crisis of 2008, 83 Am. Bankr. L.J. 253 (2009)

The Effect of Mandatory Disclosure on Open Market Stock Repurchases, 6 Berkeley Bus. L.J. 96 (2009)

Credit Card Reform and Bankruptcy Reform, 10 Norton Bankr. L. Adviser 1 (2009)


The Effects of Ownership and Stock Liquidity on the Timing of Repurchase Transactions, 18 J. Corp. Fin. 1023 (2012)


Paving the Way for the Next Financial Crisis, 29 Banking & Fin. Services Pol'y. Rep. 1 (2010)