Adjunct Professor of Law
Daniel R. Murray has taught corporate reorganization as an adjunct member of the faculty since 1997. He earned his A.B. degree maxima cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1970. He then joined the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago.
During the course of his career at Jenner, he has served in various leadership roles, including as Chair of its Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization Practice and its Commercial Law Department and as the firm's managing partner. Murray has been involved in numerous high-profile bankruptcy matters, notably representing General Motors Corporation in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Jenner & Block Chairman Anton R. Valukas in his role as the court-appointed examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. He has been specially recognized for his work in railroad reorganizations. During the Chicago, Rock Island bankruptcy, he successfully argued the case of Railway Labor Executives Association v. Gibbons, 455 U.S. 457 (1982), before the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as trustee of the Chicago Missouri & Western Railway Company, an affiliate of the South Shore Railroad. In recognition of his work as trustee in preserving passenger rail service, Murray received the W. Graham Claytor Award For Distinguished Service To Passenger Rail Transportation.
Murray is a co-author of Uniform Laws Annotated -- Uniform Commercial Code Forms and Materials, Vols. 4 and 5 (West Publishing, 2007 with annual supplements), Uniform Commercial Code with Illinois Code Comments and Uniform Commercial Code Forms Annotated, Vols. 2A and 2B, Illinois Practice Series (Thomson Reuters 2018), and Illinois Practice: Uniform Commercial Code Forms Annotated, Vols. 1 and 2 (West Publishing, 2006, with annual supplements). He serves as a contributing editor to Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 2d and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal.
Murray is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Bankruptcy and the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He serves as an officer and director of the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation. Murray recently served as the president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago. He is a life member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is a member of the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council, the Big Shoulders Fund of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the National Board of Advisors of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center, the Catholic Common Ground Initiative Advisory Committee, and the University of Chicago Divinity School Advisory Council.