Peter J. Wiedenbeck

Joseph H. Zumbalen Professor of the Law of Property


B.Sc., 1976, University of Toronto
J.D., 1979, University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae




Beverly Owens - (314) 935-6482

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6442
E-mail: peter.wiedenbeck@wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 545

Courses Taught

Corporate Taxation
Employee Benefits: ERISA & Tax (F17)
Estate and Gift Taxation 
Federal Income Taxation (F17)
Partnership Taxation (S18)


Professor Peter J. Wiedenbeck is an expert in federal income tax law and in the tax and labor law regulation of employee benefit plans. He is the author of two books on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the co-author of casebooks on federal income taxation, employee benefits, and partnership taxation. He has published articles exploring various issues of tax policy, pension policy, and employee benefit law in numerous law reviews. A recipient of Washington University’s Distinguished Faculty Award, Professor Wiedenbeck has won several other teaching awards, including the Washington University Law Alumni Association Teaching Award and Teacher of the Year Award. He has served as an associate dean of faculty for the law school and currently serves as chair of the Washington University Benefits Committee. Professor Wiedenbeck’s professional activities include authoring an amicus brief to the Supreme Court and occasional service as an expert witness and special tax counsel. Before becoming a law professor, he practiced law as an associate with Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., concentrating in tax legislative matters and tax policy.

Representative Publications

Books and Book Chapters

  • Basic Federal Income Taxation (with W.D. Andrews), Aspen Publishing Company (7th ed., 2015)
  • Employee Benefits (with R. Osgood), West Academic Publishing (2d ed. 2013)
  • ERISA: Principles of Employee Benefit Law, Oxford University Press (2010)

Recent Articles and Essays

  • “Untrustworthy: ERISA’s Eroded Fiduciary Law”, 59 William & Mary Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2018), [SSRN]
  • "'Ninety-Five Percent of [Them] Will Not Be Missed': Recovering the Tax Shelter Limitation Aspect of ERISA", 6 Drexel Law Review 515 (2014), [SSRN
  • "Trust Variation and ERISA's 'Presumption of Prudence'", 142 Tax Notes 1205 (2014), [SSRN
  • "Invisible Pension Investments" (with Rachael K. Hinkle & Andrew D. Martin), 32 Virginia Tax Review 591 (2013) [SSRN