Associate Professor of Law, UMKC School of Law

Civic Development and Legal Tracks

Professor Wright joined the UMKC School of Law faculty in 2017, and teaches in the areas of finance, business, securities, venture capital and tax. His current research focus is cryptoassets and the regulation of blockchain technologies, and he is the author of A Short & Happy Guide to Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Crypto, available from West Academic.

Before joining the faculty at UMKC, Prof. Wright taught a myriad of tax, business and criminal law courses at Valparaiso University. His earlier scholarship explored the intersection of tax and finance, and he has had articles published in the Virginia Tax Journal, The Akron Law Review, The Arizona State Law Journal and BNA.

Prof. Wright worked as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, prosecuting both tax and organized crime, and with other law firms, including Skadden Arps, where he worked in both the banking and tax groups. Prof. Wright also worked as an investment banker, most recently with Banc of America Securities, structuring derivatives and other financial weapons of mass destruction. Before starting his career, Prof. Wright earned a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, focusing on financial policy and regulation, and a Juris Doctor from The Law School at the University of Chicago.

In addition to his scholarly activities, Prof. Wright has also served on the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and as Assistant General Counsel to the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominantly African American lawyers and judges. In his free time, Wright trains for triathlons, marathons and plays tennis and golf. Prof. Wright is also an ardent supporter of the best fútbol team on the planet, F.C. Barçelona.