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Michael H. LeRoy

Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Michael LeRoy has published extensively on antitrust in professional sports, immigration and employment policy (in particular, the “gig economy”), strikes and lockouts, voluntary and mandatory arbitration, employee involvement teams, and labor law implications stemming from national emergencies.

Professor LeRoy has testified before the full U.S. Senate Committee on labor and human resources; consulted at the request of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in connection with the Taft-Hartley labor dispute involving Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union; and served as an advisor to the President’s Commission on the United States Postal Service. This bi-partisan commission adopted Professor LeRoy’s recommendations to Congress for the use of final offer interest arbitration in place of conventional arbitration in contract impasses with various postal worker unions.

He has been interviewed by the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, NPR and other national media; and his published researched on collective bargaining for college football players has appeared in widely read blogs, such as Salon. His research has been cited as authority by two federal appeals courts and the Minnesota Supreme Court. Research publications appear in Northwestern University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Emory Law Journal, and Stanford Law & Policy Review. His casebook, Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment (Aspen, 2014) is an innovative treatment of antitrust and labor law in the context of major sports leagues, players unions, Hollywood, Broadway and the like.

He has won numerous teaching awards, including the Illinois Student Senate Teaching Award (2013), honoring five campus-wide faculty members who were selected from more than 600 nominees.


  • –present
    Professor of Labor and Employment Relations , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign