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 Hidden in Plain Sight (2015), and 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. 

Read Peter Wallison’s Dissent from the Majority Report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission



  • 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