2019 Davis Polk & Wardwell Administrative Law Conference: 

Regulatory Change & the Trump Administrative State


Speaker Biographies

Biographies are organized by panel order, and then by panelist last name.

Biographies and speaker photos courtesy of speakers’institutions’websites.


Bridget C.E. Dooling, George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center

Bridget C.E. Dooling is a research professor with the GW Regulatory Studies Center.

Previously, she was a deputy chief, senior policy analyst, and attorney for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She was OMB’s voting member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. While at OIRA, Professor Dooling also taught a course on regulation at George Mason University’s law school.

Professor Dooling’s earlier professional experience includes a clerkship for an administrative law judge at the U.S. Department of Labor and positions in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, a U.S. airline’s legal department, and the economics team at an aviation trade association.

Professor Dooling is a regular contributor to the Yale Journal on Regulation’s Notice & Comment blog. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. She also actively participates in the Food & Drug Law Institute, having served as vice chair of the editorial board of the Food & Drug Law Journal and now serving on the editorial board of the institute’s bi-monthly Update magazine. In law school, Professor Dooling was the Editor-in-Chief of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Professor Dooling is licensed to practice law in Virginia.


Gillian Metzger, Columbia Law School

Gillian Metzger is the Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She writes and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law, and federal courts.

Her recent publications include “1930s Redux: The Administrative State Under Siege,” 131 Harv. L. Rev. 1; “The Constitutional Duty to Supervise,”124 Yale Law Journal 1836, 2015; “Agencies, Polarization, and the States,”115 Columbia Law Review 1739, 2015; “Administrative Constitutionalism,”91 Texas Law Review 1897, 2013; “Foreword: Embracing Administrative Common Law,”80 George Washington Law Review 1293, 2012; and “Gellhorn & Byse’s Administrative Law: Cases and Comments, 11th ed.”(as editor), (with Peter L. Strauss, Todd D. Rakoff, and Cynthia R. Farina), Foundation Press, 2011.

Professor Metzger frequently files amicus briefs in major constitutional and administrative law challenges before the Supreme Court and other courts, including Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedtin the October 2015 term. She served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.


Bijal Shah, Sandra Day OConnor College of Law at Arizona State University

Bijal Shah is an associate professor law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Professor Shah’s teaching and scholarly interests lie in the areas of administrative law, structural constitutional law, immigration law (including “crimmigration”), international human rights law and LGBT law.  Her work appears or is forthcoming in publications including the Harvard Law Review, Yale Journal on Regulation, Minnesota Law Review, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and the New York University (NYU) Law Review Online, among others.  Prior to joining the Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law, Professor Shah was an acting assistant professor at the NYU School of Law.  Professor Shah is also a co-managing editor of the Administrative & Regulatory Law News, published quarterly by the American Bar Association.

Before entering the academy, Professor Shah was Associate General Counsel for the Department of Justice / Executive Office for Immigration Review.  In this position, she wrote immigration regulations, legislation and national policies on behalf of the General Counsel, the Director’s Office, and Congress.  Earlier in her career, Professor Shah served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security / U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, where her primary responsibilities included ensuring high-quality refugee and asylum adjudications nationwide and in the Middle East.  While in this fellowship, she also worked for immigration and appropriations offices at the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, oversaw State Department-sponsored anti-trafficking programs in the Middle East and South Asia, and litigated criminal and other immigration matters in the federal courts of appeal.

Professor Shah is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor on the Yale Law Journal and a Yale University Kirby Human Rights Fellow.  Professor Shah is also a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.  Immediately after completing her law and graduate studies, Professor Shah was a Harvard University Sinclair Kennedy Fellow, during which time she worked with the Mauritian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on women’s human rights and development issues in Mauritius.  Before entering law school, Professor Shah was an investment banker at UBS PaineWebber.


Nicholas Parillo, Yale Law School

Nicholas R. Parrillo is a Professor of Law at Yale. His principal field is administrative law, and he also studies remedies, legislation, and American legal history.  He is a specialist on the role of law in the practical workings of bureaucratic power. He was commissioned by the Administrative Conference of the United States to study how the federal government’s ubiquitous but controversial use of guidance documents—which the public often has a strong incentive to follow though they are not binding law—can be appropriately managed.  The resulting research, published in part as “Federal Agency Guidance and the Power to Bind,”provided the empirical basis for the Conference’s new best practiceson guidance and resulted in Parrillo testifyingas an expert on the subject before Congress.  Parrillo is also the author of the first general assessment of how the judiciary practically handles the federal government’s disobedience to court orders, “The Endgame of Administrative Law: Governmental Disobedience and the Judicial Contempt Power,” published in the Harvard Law Review.  Parrillo’s book,Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), received the Annual Scholarship Award of the ABA Section on Administrative Law for the year’s best book or article on administrative law, as well as the Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association for the year’s best book on legal history. The book shows how American lawmakers remade governance by shifting public officers’ monetary compensation away from profit-seeking arrangements—such as fees-for-service and bounties—and toward fixed salaries. (Read the book’s introductory chapter. Watch a talkabout the book.) His article “Leviathan and Interpretive Revolution: The Administrative State, the Judiciary, and the Rise of Legislative History, 1890-1950”appeared in the Yale Law Journal and received the Cromwell Article Prize of the American Society for Legal History for the year’s best article on American legal history by an early-career scholar. Parrillo is a recipient of Yale Law School’s annual teaching award, which is conferred by Yale Law Women according to a competitive vote of the student body. He is one of forty public members of the Administrative Conference of the United States.  He holds a secondary appointment at Yale as Professor of History.


Jennifer Mascott, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Jennifer Mascott is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School. Professor Mascott writes in the areas of administrative and constitutional law and the separation of powers. Her scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court and has been published or is forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the George Mason Law Review, the Cato Supreme Court Review, the BYU Law Review, the Loyola Journal of Regulatory Compliance, and the George Washington Law Review. The well-known Legal Theory Blog has reviewed her work as “path breaking,”and she is a permanent commentator at the Yale Journal of Regulation’s Notice and Comment blog. She has provided commentary on media outlets such as PBS, C-Span, CNN, MSNBC, CBSN, and Fox News and has been quoted or cited in the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, USA Today, and the National Law Journal, among other publications.

Professor Mascott is a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and a Vice Chair of the Judicial Review and Supreme Court Committee within the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. Professor Mascott previously served as Faculty Director of the Antonin Scalia Law School’s Supreme Court and Administrative Law clinics. Prior to joining the Antonin Scalia Law School faculty, she served as an Olin/Searle Fellow in Law affiliated with Georgetown University Law Center and the George Washington University Law School and taught at GW Law as a Professorial Lecturer in Law. Professor Mascott is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, formerly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Professor Mascott testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Justice Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation.

Professor Mascott graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University Law School where she received the John Bell Larner Award for the highest cumulative GPA in the graduating class, the Jennie Hassler Walburn Award for excellence in the area of civil procedure, and the Imogen Williford Constitutional Law Award. She also served as Senior Projects Editor of the George Washington Law Review, interned for Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and worked as a summer associate at the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. Before attending law school, Professor Mascott held various staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, including that of Press Secretary for former Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia and former Congresswoman Anne Northup of Kentucky.


Aaron Nielson, Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School

Professor Nielson is an associate professor of law at BYU Law. Professor Nielson teaches and writes in the areas of administrative law, civil procedure, federal courts, and antitrust. His publications have appeared in journals such as the University of Chicago Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Emory Law Journal, Southern California Law Review, Georgia Law Review, and Ohio State Law Journal. He was recently appointed Chair of the Administrative and Management Committee of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal agency that studies the administrative process and makes recommendations on ways to improve it. He also co-chairs the Rulemaking Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice. Previously he chaired the Section’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation Committee. Professor Nielson is a permanent commentator at the Yale Journal on Regulation’s Notice & Comment blog where each week he reviews all published decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has been quoted regarding the D.C. Circuit in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Bloomberg BNA, the National Law Journal, and Law360.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Nielson was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He also has served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professor Nielson received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Following graduation, he was awarded a Harvard Law School Post-Graduate Research Fellowship. Professor Nielson also received an LL.M from the University of Cambridge, where he focused his studies on the institutions that regulate global competition and commerce. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in economics and political science.


Urska Velikonja, Georgetown Law

Urska Velikonja is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining the Georgetown faculty in 2017, Professor Velikonja taught at Emory University and the University of Maryland, and visited at UC Berkeley, the University of Chicago and Duke Law School. She graduated first in her class at University of Ljubljana School of Law and earned her LL.M. and J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Prior to entering academia, Professor Velikonja clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and worked for several years as a banking and finance associate and cross-border M&A with an Austrian law in her native Slovenia.

Professor Velikonja has written extensively on securities regulation and securities enforcement. Her work has been published by the California Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Notre Dame Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Yale Journal on Regulation, among others. Her article on SEC fair funds was selected as one of top ten articles published in 2015, and two of her articles were selected for presentation at the Harvard-Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum.

Professor Velikonja’s work on SEC enforcement is regularly discussed by regulators and has been featured in exclusive and/or major stories in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the New York Times, and The Economist, and quoted in the Financial Times, Reuters, The American Banker, as well as international press. Professor Velikonja also regularly contributes to three corporate law and financial regulation law blogs: the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation Forum, the NYU PCCE Compliance & Enforcement Blog, and the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog.


Jonathan R. Macey, Yale Law School

Jonathan R. Macey is Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance, and Securities Law at Yale University, and Professor in the Yale School of Management. From 1991–2004, Professor Macey was J. DuPratt White Professor of Law, Director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics at Cornell Law School, and Professor of Law and Business at the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Business. Professor Macey earned his B.A. cum laude from Harvard in 1977, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1982, where he was Article and Book Review editor of The Yale Law Journal.  In 1996, Professor Macey received a Ph.D. honoris causa from the Stockholm School of Economics.  Following law school, Professor Macey was law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professor Macey is the author of several books including the two-volume treatise, Macey on Corporation Laws, published in 1998 (Aspen Law & Business), and co-author of two leading casebooks, Corporations: Including Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies (2003 Thomson West), which is in its eighth edition, and Banking Law and Regulation (2002 Aspen Law & Business), which is now in its third edition.  He also is the author of over 100 scholarly articles. His recent articles have appeared in the Banking Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Stanford Law ReviewThe Yale Law Journal, the Cornell Law Review, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Brookings Wharton Papers on Financial Institutions.  He has published numerous editorials in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, ForbesThe Los Angeles Times, and The National Law Journal.


Daniel Tarullo

Daniel K. Tarullo returned to full-time teaching at Harvard Law School in January 2018 following more than eight years as a member of the Federal Reserve Board, from January 2009 to April 2017.  He retains his appointment as a Professor of Law at Georgetown and is also a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund.

As oversight governor for supervision and regulation, he led the Federal Reserve’s financial regulatory reforms, including implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, and revamped the Federal Reserve’s approach to the supervision of systemically important financial institutions.  He was the Federal Reserve’s representative to the international Financial Stability Board, including four years as chair of its Committee on Supervision and Regulation.  From 2015 to 2017 he was also Chair of the interagency Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.

Professor Tarullo had extensive government and academic experience prior to his nomination to the Federal Reserve.  From 1993 to 1998, he served, successively, as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business affairs, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and Assistant to the President for International Economic Policy. He was a principal on both the National Economic Council and the National Security Council, as well as President Clinton’s personal representative (sherpa) to the G7 group of industrialized nations.

Between periods of government service, Professor Tarullo taught for fifteen years at Georgetown and Harvard.  He was also a visiting professor at Princeton and the University of Basel


Peter Conti-Brown, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Peter Conti-Brown is an assistant professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A financial historian and a legal scholar, Conti-Brown studies central banking, financial regulation, and public finance, with a particular focus on the history and policies of the US Federal Reserve System. He is author of the book The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve(Princeton University Press 2016), the editor of two other books, and author or co-author of a dozen articles on central banking, financial regulation, and bank corporate governance. He received a law degree from Stanford Law School and a PhD in history from Princeton. He is currently at work on two books, both forthcoming from Harvard University Press. The first is a history of bank supervision in the United States from the Civil War to Donald Trump (co-authored with Sean Vanatta), the second a comprehensive political and institutional history of the US Federal Reserve.


Randall Guynn, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Mr. Guynn is head of Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group. He is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading bank regulatory and bank M&A lawyers, and a thought leader on financial regulatory reform. He was named the Banking Lawyer of the Yearand the most highly regarded banking lawyer in the worldin 2014 and 2017 by Law Business Research’s International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers and one of the 10 most innovative lawyers in the United States by the Financial Times in 2013. The group he heads was named the “Financial Regulation Team of the Year” twice (2013 and 2015) by the International Financial Law Review. See also “In the Red Zone,”The American Lawyer, January 2009 and “For Davis Polk, Dodd-Frank Pays,”The American Lawyer, December 2010. His thought leadership on financial regulation is often featured on Davis Polk’s FinReg blog.

He has advised The Clearing House Association (TCH) and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the principal trade organizations for U.S. banks, all eight of the U.S.’s global systemically important banking groups (G-SIBs), many of the most important foreign banks and a number of U.S. regional, mid-size and community banks.

His practice focuses on providing strategic bank regulatory advice and advising on M&A and capital markets transactions when the target or issuer is a banking organization or other financial institution. He also advises on regulatory enforcement actions and white collar criminal defense, bank failures and recapitalizations, corporate governance and internal controls, cross-border collateral transactions, credit risk management, securities settlement systems and payment systems.


Andrew Metrick, Yale School of Management

Andrew Metrick is the Janet L. Yellen Professor of Finance and Management. He joined the Yale School of Management in 2008 as a professor of finance. He has previously held faculty positions in the finance department at Wharton and the economics department at Harvard. In the 2009-2010 academic year, he was on leave working for the Council of Economic Advisers. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Director of the Yale Program on Financial Stability.

Professor Metrick’s current research and teaching is focused on financial stability, including the regulation of systemic risk, the activities of complex financial institutions, and the causes and consequences of the financial crisis of 2007-2009. His past work has been in financial intermediation more generally, with a focus on investment management and corporate governance.

Metrick has been honored with more than a dozen teaching awards and distinctions, including two years (2003 and 2007) as the highest-rated professor in the Wharton MBA program. In 1998, he received the highest teaching honor at Harvard College, the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Award, and in 2005, he received the highest teaching honor at the University of Pennsylvania, the Lindback Award.


Roberta Romano, Yale Law School

Roberta Romano is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Director of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. Her research has focused on state competition for corporate charters, the political economy of takeover regulation, shareholder litigation, institutional investor activism in corporate governance and the regulation of securities markets and financial instruments and institutions. Professor Romano is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the European Corporate Governance Institute, a research associate of the National Bureau for Economic Research, a past President of the American Law and Economics Association and the Society for Empirical Legal Studies, and a past co-editor of the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization. She is a recipient of William & Mary Law School’s Marshall-Wythe Medallion, which recognizes those who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishment in law and was honored for exemplary mentorship by the Business Associations section of the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Romano has received the Yale Law Women teaching award three times and is the author of The Genius of American Corporate Law (1993) and The Advantage of Competitive Federalism for Securities Regulation (2002), editor of Foundations of Corporate Law, 2d ed. (2010) and co-editor with Shen Wei, of Financial Regulation After the Global Financial Crisis: US and China Perspectives (2017) (in Chinese).