Levin College of Law

Christopher D. Hampson

Assistant Professor of Law



Bankruptcy  • Contracts  • Corporations  • Secured Transactions  • 


Professor Hampson is a scholar of bankruptcy, insolvency, and the ethics of debt. His research focuses on how legal institutions can best serve our shared values during times of financial distress. He has written on a wide range of topics, from benefit corporations and small business bankruptcy to imprisonment for debt. His scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in prominent law reviews across the country, including the Harvard Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. His work has also been cited by federal district and appellate courts, as well as two state supreme courts.

Prior to joining UF Law, Professor Hampson practiced law at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston, where he led litigation and transactional teams as part of the firm’s bankruptcy and financial restructuring group. His bankruptcy work included blockbuster chapter 11, appellate, and Supreme Court cases as well as a $1.6-billion securities litigation related to the Puerto Rico insolvency proceedings. His pro bono practice included eviction defense and asylum applications.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Professor Hampson served as a law clerk for Judge Richard A. Posner on the Seventh Circuit in Chicago and worked at White & Case LLP in Miami.

Professor Hampson earned an A.B. from Harvard College in the comparative study of religion, magna cum laude with highest honors, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, where he was a Dean’s Fellow. During his time at Harvard Law School, he served as Articles Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Professor Hampson is fluent in English and Spanish.


A.B., Harvard College
J.D., Harvard Law School
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School


  • Bankruptcy
  • Contracts
  • Law, Religion, and the Ethics of Debt (Seminar)


Legal Publications

  • Bankruptcy Fiduciaries, 110 Iowa L. Rev. (forthcoming 2025).
  • The Small Business Prepack: How Subchapter V Paves the Way for Bankruptcy’s Fastest Cases, 92 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2024) (with Jeffrey A. Katz).
  • Harsh Creditor Remedies & the Role of the Redeemer, 92 Fordham L. Rev. 935 (2023).
  • Critical Theory & Commercial Law in the Sunshine, 75 Fla. L. Rev. F. 15 (2023).
  • Bankruptcy & the Benefit Corporation, 96 Am. Bankr. L.J. 93 (2022).
  • The New American Debtors’ Prisons, 44 Am. J. Crim. L. 1 (2017).
  • Note, State Bans on Debtors’ Prisons and Criminal Justice Debt, 129 Harv. L. Rev. 1024 (2016) (separate appendix published at 129 Harv. L. Rev. F. 153 (2016).