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Former Acting Chair and Commissioner of Federal Trade Commission Joins Baker Botts


WASHINGTON D.C., December 6, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm today announced that Maureen K. Ohlhausen has joined the firm, and will become a partner and a Co-Chair of the global Antitrust Practice effective January 1, 2019.

From January 2017 to May 2018, Ms. Ohlhausen was Acting Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, the highest-ranking position in the agency, charged with antitrust enforcement and consumer protection. She served as FTC Commissioner from 2012 until her appointment as acting Chairman. She also led the FTC's Office of Policy Planning, as its Director, from 2004-2008 before leaving the agency in 2008 to serve clients in private practice.

During her distinguished tenure at the top echelon of the FTC, Ms. Ohlhausen was a leading voice in shaping the current standards that apply to antitrust, privacy and consumer protection laws, both in the U.S. and globally through her interactions with regulators, elected officials, judges and scholars, both at home and abroad. She has received numerous awards, including the FTC's Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award and the George Mason University Distinguished Alumni Award.

In early 2018, Ms. Ohlhausen was nominated by President Trump to serve on the United States Court of Federal Claims. She recently withdrew her nomination in favor of her decision to serve the needs of clients in private practice.

"Maureen has an exceptionally impressive background highlighted by her significant and influential recent tenure as Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and as a former Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission. Our clients will directly benefit from having a lawyer with Maureen's depth of experience available to work with them on their antitrust and FTC related matters," said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

"I have known Maureen for many years and worked with her very closely when we were both at the FTC. We are thrilled to welcome her as a Co-Chair to our global Antitrust team, and know that clients will benefit from her unique insights and experience in this increasingly complex business environment. Maureen brings a wealth of experience, not only in the antitrust sector, but also in the data privacy and cybersecurity arena," said Steve Weissman, Co-Chair of the firm's global Antitrust Practice and former Deputy Director for the FTC's Bureau of Competition between 2013-2015.

"Over the past six months, we have added five very highly regarded partners to our Competition Practice which was already recognized as one of the strongest in the world. In addition to Maureen, Matthew Levitt joined our team in Brussels, Peter Huston in San Francisco, and Mark Botti and Anthony Swisher in Washington, D.C. These additions are a testament to our commitment to serve our clients on the important strategic and challenging competition, consumer protection and data privacy, and security matters that they face, and to assemble the highest-level expertise to succeed on their behalf. We're building on the success of the Baker Botts Antitrust Practice and couldn't be happier that Maureen has joined our team," said John Taladay, Co-Chair of the firm's Antitrust Practice.

Before joining the FTC, Ms. Ohlhausen spent five years serving as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and as a staff attorney. She earned her J.D. from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.

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