April 3, 2008 – Lawrence McQuillan

April 3, 2008

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Lawrence McQuillan
director of Business and Economic Studies
and Senior Fellow in Political Economy
at the Pacific Research Institute

The True Cost of Lawsuit Abuse
and How to Fix It

With Special Attention to New York State

Lawrence J. McQuillan is director of Business and Economic Studies, and Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco. Human Eventsmagazine called him a “distinguished conservative leader” in public policy.

Since joining PRI in 2001, he’s specialized in tax, budget, regulation, and legal-reform issues.

He’s coauthor of Jackpot Justice: The True Cost of America’s Tort Systemand the U.S. Tort Liability Index. These books have reached a combined audience of more than 77 million people.

He’s also coauthor of the U.S. Economic Freedom Index: 2004 Report, published in association with Forbes magazine. It ranks the 50 states according to how friendly or unfriendly their state-government policies are toward free enterprise and consumer choice.

McQuillan speaks regularly to civic and policy groups across the country and with the national news media. His TV appearances include NBC News, CNBC, and CNNfn. YouTube has some of his interviews. He’s a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows including the Ron Insana Show, Roger Hedgecock Show, and Jerry Doyle Show.

He counsels governors, legislators, and advocacy groups across the country; provides legislative testimony; and was a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s task force on a constitutional spending limit for California.

McQuillan has more than 125 publications in such outlets as The Wall Street JournalUSA TodayForbesInvestor’s Business DailyNational Review, the Los Angeles Times, theNew York PostThe Washington Times, and the Weekly Standard. He’s written on such topics as tax and spending limits, lawsuit abuse, pensions, workers’ compensation, and economic freedom. His recent writings include “Ambulance Chasers Bad for Our Health,” “Make a Bad Mortgage: Take the Hit,” and “Live Free or Move.”

He created the quarterly “California Golden Fleece Awards,” exposing fraud and abuse in California government. Cited in The Nation and the Los Angeles Times, these awards led to the overhaul of the California Victim Compensation Program and helped reform California’s workers’ compensation system in 2003 and 2004.

From 1998 to 2001, McQuillan was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, where he specialized in international economics. He edited the book The International Monetary Fund–Financial Medic to the World? (translated into Japanese) and wrote the study The Case Against the International Monetary Fund, which Nobel laureate Milton Friedman reviewed as “excellent.”

From 1993 till 1997, McQuillan was founding publisher and contributing editor of Economic Issues, a national subscription newsletter based in Chapel Hill, N.C., that reviewed economic journal articles relevant to current public-policy issues.

While in graduate school at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he earned a Ph.D. in economics, McQuillan was a research assistant for Nobel laureate James M. Buchanan and received the H.B. Earhart Fellowship for research excellence. Trinity University, in San Antonio, Tex., awarded him a B.A. in economics and business administration.

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