Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute and W. Homer Drake Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law
B.A., Austin College
J.D., Tulane Law School
Professor Ishaq Kundawala joined Mercer Law in the Fall 2021 as a Professor of Law and as the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute & W. Homer Drake Jr. Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy Law. He is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Prior to beginning his teaching career, Professor Kundawala was in private practice in Dallas, Texas for over five years working at some of the most respected law firms in the country. While he was an Associate at the international law firm of Baker Botts L.L.P., he handled the estimation and ultimate resolution of approximately $1.5 billion of toxic tort related bankruptcy claims against one of the nation’s largest copper producers. He has a diverse practice background representing complex chapter 11 debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and creditor committees in a variety of bankruptcy cases. He also clerked for the Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Professor Kundawala has extensive experience participating in court hearings, depositions, and mediations. During his years in practice, he was named a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics. He was also active in the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program representing distressed women in divorce matters on a pro bono basis.
Professor Kundawala began his teaching career in 2008 at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He teaches Bankruptcy, Contracts I and II, Secured Transactions, and Law of Lawyering. At Mercer Law, he created an innovative consumer bankruptcy externship program that enables students to gain practical experience representing consumer debtors in bankruptcy proceedings on a pro bono basis.
Professor Kundawala’s research interests include Bankruptcy Reform and Legal Ethics. He has also discussed bankruptcy and contract-related issues on national and local radio and television stations. He enjoys writing and speaking about areas of the law that will enable scholars and practitioners to better understand some of the more complex areas of law.
Professor Kundawala is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Georgia.