Christopher Peterson is the John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law where he teaches contracts, commercial law, and consumer protection courses. From 2009-2012 he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Prior to joining the faculty in 2008, Professor Peterson taught for five years at the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He also worked as a consumer rights attorney for the United States Public Interest Research Group in Washington, D.C. and clerked for the Honorable Wade Brorby on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
A recognized authority on consumer finance, Professor Peterson has frequently testified in Congressional hearings and has presented his research to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and at the White House. Professor Peterson's books include the Thompson/West casebook Consumer Law: Cases and Materials and Taming the Sharks: Towards a Cure for the High Cost Credit Market which won the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers' outstanding book of the year prize. He is a consumer fellow of the American Bar Association's Consumer Financial Services Committee. In 2007, the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators named Professor Peterson the nation's consumer advocate of the year in recognition of his role in promoting an act of Congress limiting the price of loans made to military service members.
Professor Peterson will be on academic leave from 2012-2014 to serve as Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy with the U.S Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Enforcement in Washington, D.C.