Hon. Peter J. Wallison

Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Peter J. Wallison, a codirector of AEI's program on financial policy studies, researches banking, insurance, and securities regulation. As general counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department, he had a significant role in the development of the Reagan administration's proposals for the deregulation of the financial services industry. He also served as White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan and is the author of Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency (Westview Press, 2002). His other books include Competitive Equity: A Better Way to Organize Mutual Funds (2007); Privatizing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks (2004); The GAAP Gap: Corporate Disclosure in the Internet Age (2000); and Optional Federal Chartering and Regulation of Insurance Companies (2000). He also writes for AEI's Financial Services Outlook series.

Professional Experience
  • Cochair, Financial Reform Task Force, 2009
  • Member, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, 2009
  • Member, Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, 1991-2009
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2007-2008
  • Partner, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, 1987-98, 1985-86
  • Counsel to President Ronald Reagan, 1986-87
  • General Counsel, U.S. Treasury Department, 1981-85
  • Partner, Roger & Wells, 1977-81
  • Special Assistant to Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller; Counsel during Rockefeller's Vice Presidency, 1972-76
  • LL.B., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Harvard College
Publications and Multimedia
The Financial Stability Oversight Council - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
March 14, 2014
Bad History, Worse Policy - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
March 25, 2013
Too Big to Fail - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Financial Services Reform Update (Conference Call Briefing) - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group
July 15, 2010
A Conversation on Proposed Systemic Risk Regulation - Podcast
Financial Services and E-Commerce Practice Group
July 24, 2009
A Basel Backgrounder - Event Audio
Financial Services Practice Group
May 01, 2007
Remedies for Presidential Misconduct
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 1999
May 01, 1999