J. W. Verret

Associate Professor of Law

Antonin Scalia Law School

J. W. Verret

Associate Professor of Law

Antonin Scalia Law School

Associate Professor of Law J.W. Verret joined the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University faculty in 2008. In 2013, he took leave for two years to serve as the Chief Economist and Senior Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services. He received his JD and MA in Public Policy from Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, respectively, in 2006. While in law school, Professor Verret served an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics at the Harvard Program on Corporate Governance under the guidance of Prof. Lucian Bebchuk.

Professor Verret then served as a law clerk for Vice-Chancellor John W. Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Prior to joining the faculty at Scalia Law, Professor Verret was an associate in the SEC Enforcement Defense Practice Group at Skadden, Arps in Washington, D.C. He has written extensively on corporate law topics, including Delaware’s Guidance, co-written with Chief Justice Myron T. Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court. His academic work has been featured in the Yale Journal on RegulationThe Business Lawyer, the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, the Stanford Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, and the Virginia Law and Business Review. Professor Verret was selected by the Northwestern Law School Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth for a 2009-2010 Searle-Kaufmann Research Fellowship.

Professor Verret is also a Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center Working Group on Financial Markets, where he regularly briefs Congressional staff, members of Congress, SEC Commissioners and other financial regulatory agencies on financial regulation topics. He also directs the Corporate Federalism Initiative, where he obtains research grants for a network of students and faculty scholars who study the division between states and the federal government as sources of corporate law. Professor Verret has been invited to testify before various House and Senate Committees four times during the financial crisis of 2009 regarding all of the central provisions of the Obama Administration’s 2009 financial regulatory reform proposals. For a full list of Professor Verret’s C-Span appearances, including testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, see http://www.c-spanvideo.org/jwverret.

Professor Verret has been an invited panelist for various television appearances, including an interview on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Professor Verret has been quoted in various media on financial regulation and corporate law topics, including the New York Times, CNN Money, the CNN Political Ticker, CNBC, ABC News, Investor’s Business Daily, ESPN.com, The American Banker, The American Lawyer, The Huffington Post, CBS.com, and AP News. Professor Verret’s op-eds have been featured in Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Orange County Register, and The Wall Street Journal. Professor Verret is also a regular guest contributor to three of the most noted corporate law and financial regulation law blogs: the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation Forum, Deallawyers.com, and The Conglomerate.

Contributions

Deep Dive Episode 243 – Is the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s Sanctioning of Tornado Cash a Threat to the Future of Financial Privacy?

October 31, 2022

In this podcast, experts discuss OFAC’s blacklisting of Tornado Cash, potential litigation from opponents, and the broader implications for financial privacy, national security, and free speech.

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Is the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s Sanctioning of Tornado Cash a Threat to the Future of Financial Privacy?

October 27, 2022

In this webinar, experts discuss OFAC’s blacklisting of Tornado Cash, potential litigation from opponents, and the broader implications for financial privacy, national security, and free speech.

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Deep Dive Episode 224 – Regulating the New Crypto Ecosystem: Necessary Regulation or Crippling Future Innovation?

June 22, 2022

At an RTP event, an expert panel addressed current and future efforts at regulation of cryptocurrency.

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Deep Dive Episode 223 – Regulating the New Crypto Ecosystem: SEC Commissioner Hon. Hester M. Peirce

June 22, 2022

At an RTP event, SEC Commissioner Hester M. Peirce addressed current and future efforts at regulation of cryptocurrency.

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Regulating the New Crypto Ecosystem: Necessary Regulation or Crippling Future Innovation?

June 22, 2022

At an RTP event, an expert panel addressed current and future efforts at regulation of cryptocurrency.

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Regulating the New Crypto Ecosystem: SEC Commissioner Hon. Hester M. Peirce

June 22, 2022

At an RTP event, SEC Commissioner Hester M. Peirce addressed current and future efforts at regulation of cryptocurrency.

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Collins v. Mnuchin and GSE Privatization

J.W. Verret

December 23, 2020

J.W. Verret argues that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin should act now to support efforts to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Deep Dive Episode 122 – New Labor Department Rule: Taking on ESG Investment Risk to American Retirement Security

July 28, 2020

In this live podcast, J.W. Verret discusses the Labor Department’s proposed rules regarding ESG investing and their implications for retirement security.

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Deep Dive Episode 69 – SOX Auditor Attestation Requirements

September 30, 2019

Do proposed rule changes from the SEC properly balance the concerns of investor protection and capital formation for smaller businesses? John Berlau, Wes Bricker, and J.W. Verrett discuss, and C. Wallace DeWitt moderates.

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Deep Dive Episode 64 – The Federal Reserve and Real-Time Payment Systems

July 19, 2019

The Federal Reserve is currently exploring ways to support faster payments in the U.S., a move which would facilitate real-time interbank settlement of faster payments. Experts discuss the implications and challenges of this change.

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Deep Dive Episode 38 – The Debate Over the SEC’s Accredited Investor Standard

February 6, 2019

In the 38th Deep Dive episode of Fourth Branch, Urska Velikonja (Georgetown University Law Center) and J.W. Verret (Antonin Scalia Law School) consider and debate potential reforms to the SEC’s accredited investor standard rule.

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Deep Dive Episode 13 – Discussion on U.S. Treasury Reports

October 13, 2017

J. W. Verret (Antonin Scalia Law School) and Wayne Abernathy (American Bankers Association) discuss the Treasury Department’s recent report to President Trump on Core Principles for Financial Supervision.

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