Communications lawyer gets White House nod for FTC


President Barack Obama has named Maureen K. Ohlhausen to serve as a Republican member of the Federal Trade Commission. Ohlhausen is currently an attorney with communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.

If the Senate confirms her nomination, it will mark a homecoming for the attorney. She served at the FTC from 1997 to 2008. The White House said her tenure included a number of leadership roles, including as Director of the Office of Policy Planning and, earlier, as an attorney advisor for Commissioner Orson Swindle.

Her work at WBK involved the firm’s privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity practice.

WBK’s Bryan N. Tramont stated, “We are extremely proud of Maureen and congratulate her on her nomination to be an FTC Commissioners. Maureen has been a tremendous leader in the firm’s growth. We will miss her substantive knowledge and her practical and no-nonsense approach to advising clients, but we applaud her enthusiasm for returning to public service and are pleased that the FTC will gain such a dedicated and skillful practitioner. We wish our good friend and colleague all the best in her new role.”