E-mail: lorluis@umich.edu

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University of Michigan Law School 

625 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

I am a Research Scholar at the Empirical Legal Studies Center of the University of Michigan Law School, where I am also a S.J.D. CandidatePrior to joining Michigan Law, I was a Research Fellow at the University of Trento,  where I obtained my Ph.D. and J.D.


My research interests revolve around contracts, IP, antitrust, and labor, with a particular focus on monopsony and franchising.  I study how firms use covenants in business and employment contracts to protect their intellectual property and other interests. My aim is to inform how we regulate these tools to reduce abuse and anticompetitive losses while enhancing investment and innovation.


Current projects include measuring the use and labor market outcomes of noncompete agreements in Italy and exploring how firms protect competitively sensitive information and IP in franchising.

A hint on what I am working on? 

Check this op-ed on Promarket.org:  What the Practice of Noncompetes in Italy Says About the Current American Debate

You can also find a recent interview about me here: October 11, 2023 | Author(s): Sharon Morioka, Student Research Inform Policy Debate