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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wilson sworn in as FTC Commissioner

By Jeffrey May, J.D.

Christine Wilson was sworn in today to serve as an FTC commissioner for a full seven-year term. Wilson was nominated in January 2018 by President Trump. Along with fellow Commission members Chairman Joseph Simons, Rohit Chopra, Noah Joshua Phillips, and Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, she was confirmed in April. Although Trump’s pick to serve the remainder of Maureen K. Ohlhausen’s term and a subsequent full term, Wilson had to wait for Ohlhausen’s term to expire to join the Commission. Ohlhausen decided to stay on until her term ended or she was sworn in as a judge for the Court of Federal Claims. Ohlhausen’s nomination has been pending since January.

The five-member Commission still has three members who are Republicans. Wilson, who recently served as Senior Vice President—Legal, Regulatory & International for Delta Air Lines, is a Republican, along with Phillips and Simons. Wilson previously served at the FTC as Chairman Tim Muris’s Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush Administration. In addition to her government service and work at Delta, Wilson was a member of the Washington D.C. antitrust practice groups of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP. She also worked with former Assistant Attorney General James F. Rill at Collier Shannon Rill & Scott on a variety of competition law and policy initiatives, including the final report of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee commissioned by Attorney General Janet Reno, according to today’s announcement.

Uber lawyer to join Bureau of Competition as deputy director. In other agency news, Simons announced that Gail F. Levine, currently serving as Director of U.S. Competition Law at Uber Technologies, Inc., will return to the FTC as Deputy Director of the FTC Bureau of Competition, effective October 15, 2018. Levine's experience at the FTC included serving as an Attorney Advisor to Chairman Deborah Majoras, as Deputy Assistant General Counsel, and as Assistant Director of the Office of Policy Planning. Levine also was a trial lawyer in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Levine will join the Bureau’s other Deputy Directors, Marian Bruno and Ian Conner, and Acting Deputy Director Haidee Schwartz, according to the announcement.

"Gail’s deep experience in antitrust and intellectual property law, and her expansive legal background, including prior service at both the FTC and the Department of Justice, will be great assets to the agency as it enforces federal antitrust laws on behalf of America’s consumers," Simons said in making the announcement.

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