Thomas P. Vartanian

Professor of Law and Founder and Executive Director, Financial Regulation & Technology Institute

BA, Cathedral College; JD, Brooklyn Law School

  • Subjects Taught: Regulation of Financial Institutions, Electronic Financial Services, Global Financial Crises
  • Area(s) of Expertise: Banking and Financial Institutions, Financial Technology, Financial Stability, Enforcement, Corporate Governance, Privacy

Contact Information

  • Email: Send an email
  • Phone: 703-993-8965
  • Office: Room 440D, Hazel Hall, Arlington
  • Address:
    Antonin Scalia Law School
    George Mason University
    3301 Fairfax Dr.
    Arlington, VA 22201

Biographical Sketch

Thomas P. Vartanian is the Founder and Executive Director of the Financial Regulation & Technology Institute of George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, where he is also a Professor of Law.  Between 1983 and 2018, he chaired the Financial Institution’s practices at Dechert LLP and Fried Frank through four financial crisis and was consistently recognized by clients as “one of the best financial services lawyers in America.”

Mr. Vartanian served in the Reagan Administration as General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and the FSLIC. In that role, he authorized the receivership, sale or liquidation of more than 430 failed S&Ls, and orchestrated the merger of hundreds of others in some of the first interstate and inter-industry acquisitions done in the country. Prior to that, he served in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as Special Assistant to the Chief Counsel and Senior Antitrust Litigation Attorney.

In 2017, Mr. Vartanian was a finalist interviewed to be President Trump’s choice as the first Vice Chairman for Regulation of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

Mr. Vartanian served as Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Cyberspace Law Committee between 1998 and 2002, when he chaired an international task force of lawyers from twenty countries which issued a seminal report on the novel jurisdiction issues created by electronic commerce and virtual currencies entitled, “Achieving Legal and Business Order in Cyberspace: A Report on Global Jurisdiction Issues Created by Cyberspace.”

Mr. Vartanian has authored more than four hundred articles and seven books, including 21st Century Money, Banking and Commerce. He is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on the financial services industry.

Mr. Vartanian has taught banking and electronic commerce law at Georgetown Law School, George Washington Law School, and Boston University School of Law, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School.

In 2008, Mr. Vartanian was named “Washingtonian of the Year” based on his use of music and sports to raise money for charities in the D.C. metropolitan area.