Peter J. Wallison

Peter J. Wallison holds the Arthur F. Burns chair in Financial Market Studies at AEI and is co-director of AEI’s program on financial market deregulation.  Before joining AEI in 1999, he was a partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practiced banking, corporate, and financial law in the firm’s Washington and New York offices. He was general counsel of the Treasury Department from 1981 to 1985, and White House counsel for President Reagan from 1986-7.  From 1972 -1976, he was counsel to Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. He is the co-author of Competitive Equity: A Better Way to Organize Mutual Funds (AEI Press 2007), and the author of  Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency (Westview Press, 2003) and Bad History, Worse Policy: How a False Narrative About the Financial Crisis Led to the Dodd-Frank Act (AEI, 2013). His most recent book is Hidden in Plain Sight: What Caused the World’s Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could happen Again (Encounter, 2015).