J. W. Verret
J.W. Verret is a senior scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University on leave to serve as chief economist at HFSC. As a member of the Mercatus Center's Financial Markets Working Group, he regularly briefs Congressional staff, members of Congress, SEC Commissioners, and other financial regulatory agencies on financial regulation topics. Verret is an assistant professor of law at George Mason University School of Law. His primary research interests are corporate governance, securities regulation, and executive compensation.
He received his JD and MA in public policy in 2006 from Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, respectively. While in law school, Verret received an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics at the Harvard Program on Corporate Governance under the guidance of Professor Lucian Bebchuk.
Verret served as a law clerk for Vice-Chancellor John W. Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Prior to joining the faculty at Mason Law, Verret was an associate in the SEC Enforcement Defense Practice Group at Skadden, Arps in Washington, DC. He has written extensively on corporate law topics, including a recent paper, Delaware's Guidance, coauthored with Chief Justice Myron T. Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court. His academic work has been featured in the Yale Journal on Regulation, The Business Lawyer, the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, and the Virginia Law and Business Review. Verret was selected by the Northwestern Law School Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth for a 2009-2010 Searle-Kaufmann Research Fellowship.
Verret 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. Verret has been invited to testify before various Congressional committees during the financial crisis of 2009 regarding all of the central provisions of the Obama administration's 2009 financial regulatory reform proposals.
Verret has been quoted in various media on financial regulation and corporate law topics, including the Wall Street Journal, 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 the Associated Press. Verret's op-eds have been featured in Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, and the Orange County Register.
Verret is also a regular guest contributor to some 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.