Anthony (Tony) Luppino, who serves as Lead Editor of this Entrepreneurship Law site, is a Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Tax Law Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law, and a Teaching Fellow with the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UMKC. His courses include business organizations, business planning and tax courses, and interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation course involving faculty and students from the business, engineering and law schools at UMKC. He also serves as a supervisor of the UMKC Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic. Prior to joining the full-time Law School faculty at UMKC (having previously served for several years as an Adjunct Professor), he was in the private practice of law for a combined approximately nineteen years with the firms of Herrick and Smith in Boston, and Brown, Koralchik & Fingersh and Lewis, Rice and Fingersh in Kansas City. His practice included a wide variety of planning and transactional work for businesses of varying sizes and for owners of businesses.
After becoming a full-time member of the Law School faculty in 2001, Professor Luppino participated in the 2004-2005 Kauffman Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars Program, which included faculty from four Kansas City area institutions and multiple disciplines, and led directly to his involvement in the development of the interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation course, this Entrepreneurship Law website, and other law and entrepreneurship initiatives. In 2010-2011 he was the principal organizer and initial chair of the Law & Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group of the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE).
His recent writings include pieces examining the role of lawyers as members of entrepreneurial teams, improvement of legal education to position students to become effective counselors to entrepreneurs, ownership issues related to university-generated innovation, and co-authorship of a paper proposing reforms to U.S. immigration law to facilitate the founding of start-up ventures by foreign students and graduates. He also co-edited, with Robert Litan, the Elgar Publications Research Collection on Law & Entrepreneurship (2013).