After a decade spent as a professor at the UCLA School of Law, Daniel Bussel is moving from the classroom to the courtroom to practice what he's been teaching.
Bussel is taking a two-year leave of absence to become a partner at the Century City office of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, a boutique firm specializing in bankruptcy law.
"There's just a tremendous amount of big, exciting bankruptcy cases to work on right now," said Bussel, who has been teaching courses in bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, commercial and contract law at UCLA since 1991.
Primarily driving the boom in bankruptcy law is the slowing economy, he said.
Deciding to move from teaching to practicing law was not a tough choice for Bussel to make.
"I'm not ambivalent about it at all," Bussel said. "At this point in my life and given the market, I just think it's a great time to be out there working on real cases. I've never been someone who's ever been disconnected from the real world."
Bussel will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Century City firm, where he begins work on June 30. Before teaching at UCLA, Bussel was an associate in the bankruptcy department of O'Melveny & Myers. As a professor, he co-authored casebooks on bankruptcy and contract law.
Bussel will be representing debtors, a practice he prefers to working with creditors.
"The debtor side, I think, is more challenging," he said. "You're in the center of all these relationships, so you're having to balance all these different things."
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