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Jeffrey Peck

Jeffrey Peck

The Hill

In a narrowly divided Senate…a lobbyist like Peck, who can wrap up those last votes, is perhaps the most valuable member of a lobbying team.

Jeff has led a diverse range of major issue advocacy campaigns, and is widely recognized as one of the top lobbyists in Washington for his ties to Senate Democrats, his financial services expertise and strategic and tactical acumen. The Hill has named Peck as one of Washington’s “Top Lobbyists” for ten years running.

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At a Glance

Career Highlights

  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Court Judge Bernard M. Decker, 1982-1983
  • Law Firm Litigation Associate, 1983-1987
  • General Counsel and Staff Director, Senate Judiciary Committee, 1987-1992
  • Head of Government Affairs, Andersen Worldwide (Arthur Andersen and Anderson Consulting), 1993-2001

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Services and Capital Markets
  • Civil Justice Reform
  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust
  • Congressional Investigations
  • Coalition Management
  • Democratic Politics and Strategy

Key Legislation

  • Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
  • Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998
  • Class Action Reform Act of 2005
  • Numerous Titles of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
  • Sarbanes Oxley Act
  • America Invents Act
  • Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act
  • CFIUS Reauthorization
  • Terrorism Risk Insurance Act
  • Multiple Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Multiple Congressional Investigations
  • Witness Preparation for Multiple Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officers

Membership & Lectures

  • Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law, 2013 – Present
  • Numerous Guest Teaching Lectures
  • Multiple Speeches to Clients on Elections

Education

  • JD, University of Chicago, 1982
  • BA, Duke University, 1979, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude

Biography

Jeff Peck joined Peck Madigan Jones in May 2001, and has been Chairman of the Tiber Creek Group for the past several years.

Between 1987 and 1992, Jeff served as General Counsel and then Majority Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired during this period by then Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE). During his tenure at the Judiciary Committee, he played a leading role on four Supreme Court nominations (Robert Bork, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter and Clarence Thomas), proposed constitutional amendments to ban flag burning, the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 and a number of intellectual property and antitrust issues.

Described by a leading Washington publication as a “financial services guru,” Peck leads PMJ’s financial services and capital markets practice, running the client service teams for such diverse clients as the Deloitte, USAA, MasterCard and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, he is the chief Democratic lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness and for Business Roundtable on financial services and corporate governance issues. Since 2006, Jeff has also advised the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, led by Harvard Law School Professor Hal Scott.

Jeff has played a major role on several legal reform initiatives, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act and the Class Action Fairness Act. In each case, he was the lead Democratic lobbyist responsible for building Senate Democrat support.

A profile about Jeff in The Hill observed: “In a narrowly divided Senate, where just a few votes can mean the difference between a White House signing ceremony or a return to the drawing board, a lobbyist like Peck, who can wrap up those last votes, is perhaps the most valuable member of a lobbying team.” The profile went on to say that “Peck’s effectiveness goes beyond mere experience and has to do with the issues and the trust he maintains among both Democrats and Republicans.”

Jeff also works on a range of antitrust and technology matters, including several high-profile mergers, cybersecurity and online piracy.

Between 1993 and 2000, Jeff was the Managing Partner for Government and Regulatory Affairs for Andersen Worldwide (the parent company of Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting). In that capacity, he managed a range of legislative and regulatory initiatives on behalf of the accounting profession.

Jeff is the author of numerous articles and has been quoted in more than 175 news articles and publications including USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Jose Mercury News, The Houston Chronicle, Reuters, Bloomberg, The San Francisco Chronicle, CFO Magazine and Fortune Magazine.

Jeff is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School. He is also a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law, where he teaches a course on Federal Policy Making.