Given the breadth of the Law School’s entrepreneurship initiatives, covering subject matters pertinent to small, medium and large businesses, high growth potential technology ventures, real estate development entrepreneurship, social enterprises, and entrepreneurship in the practice of law, many members of the faculty are be involved in teaching entrepreneurship in individually taught or team-taught courses. The following is a list of just those faculty members who have express, regular emphasis on entrepreneurship:
Tony Luppino received his bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College in 1979. In 1982, he received his J.D. from Stanford Law School where he served as an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. While in private practice with the Boston law firm of Herrick and Smith, Professor Luppino earned his LL.M. degree in taxation from Boston University, and in 1986 was lead articles editor of the Boston University Journal of Tax Law.
Before joining the faculty on a full-time basis in 2001, he practiced law in the Johnson County, KS and Kansas City, Mo. offices of Lewis, Rice and Fingersh (formerly Brown, Korachik and Fingersh), and for several years served as the head of the Kansas City office’s Business, Tax and Estate Planning Department. His practice included a wide variety of planning and transactional work, involving multiple disciplines, with particular emphasis on business organizations, real estate, securities, taxation, and trusts and estates.
Professor Luppino teaches business, entrepreneurship, and tax subjects, including Business Organizations, Business Planning, and Partnership Taxation, and co-teaches courses in Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, Law, Technology & Public Policy, Social Entrepreneurship, and Solo & Small Law Firm Practice. He also serves as faculty co-director of the UMKC Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic, Director of the Law School’s Entrepreneurship Programs, and a Senior Fellow with UMKC’s cross-campus Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Danielle Merrick has been the associate staff director of the Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic since 2004. Professor Merrick earned her bachelor of social welfare from the University of Kansas and her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from UMKC.
Previously, she was employed with American Century Investments in the Tax Department and worked on individual and corporate tax forms. She was also involved with the launching of the state of Kansas’ 529 plan.
Brandon Weiss is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. His research engages the intersection of housing, economic mobility, and government intervention, with a particular focus on federal subsidized housing policy. He teaches Property and courses related to community economic development, urban entrepreneurship, and housing law. Weiss currently serves as an editor of the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. His recent article, “Residual Value Capture in Subsidized Housing,” appeared in the Harvard Law and Policy Review (2016).
Weiss joined the UMKC faculty from UCLA School of Law, where he was a Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law & Policy Fellow and an affiliated faculty member at the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. Prior to that, Weiss practiced law at Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP, a law firm in Los Angeles that specializes in the finance and development of affordable housing and community development projects. He also designed and implemented a legal project to preserve the affordability of at-risk subsidized housing in Los Angeles as a Skadden Fellow at Public Counsel Law Center.
Weiss graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was awarded the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. Concurrently, he earned an M.P.P. at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on urban policy and housing finance. Weiss received his B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
Chris Hoyt teaches courses in the areas of federal taxation, business organizations, retirement plans and tax-exempt organizations. Previously, he was with the law firm of Spencer, Fane, Britt and Browne in Kansas City, Mo. He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern University and dual law and accounting degrees from the University of Wisconsin.
He is currently the chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Lifetime and Testamentary Charitable Gift Planning (Section of Probate and Trust) and serves on the editorial board of Trusts and Estates magazine. He is a frequent speaker at legal and educational programs and has been quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, MONEY Magazine and The Washington Post.
Adjunct Prof. Philip Krause teaches Advising Life Sciences and Technology Entrepreneurs and is a coach of the Law School Intellectual Property Meet competition team. He has been affiliated with prominent Kansas City-based law firms for most of his career, but Philip is an entrepreneur in his own right and currently has his own private law practice seeking to transform how lawyers interact with entrepreneurial clients and deliver the distinctive range of legal services they require through innovative service delivery models. His broad-based experience encompasses the entire life cycle of high-growth ventures, including structuring and organizing the enterprise, establishing relationships with key constituencies, acquiring, protecting and licensing intellectual property assets, securing capital resources through financing transactions, and realizing wealth through exit transactions. As a transactional lawyer, Philip has handled a full range of complex business transactions. Philip’s publications include the Missouri Bar and lectures for the Kansas City Entrepreneurs Club. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in English and business administration from William Jewell College, and J.D. from Vanderbilt University.