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Former Acting FTC Chairman Ohlhausen Joins Baker Botts

Dec. 6, 2018, 8:48 PM

Former Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen will join Baker Botts L.L.P after withdrawing her nomination for a federal judge position.

Ohlhausen will become partner and co-chair of Baker Botts’ global antitrust practice in Washington, D.C., starting Jan 1. 2019, the law firm said in a Dec. 6 press release.

President Donald Trump nominated Ohlhausen to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Court in January. She “recently withdrew her nomination in favor of her decision to serve the needs of clients in private practice,” Baker Botts said.

Ohlhausen, an Obama appointee to the five-member commission, served as acting chair of the FTC from January 2017 to May 2018, leading antitrust investigations and consumer protection enforcement.

She refused to step down from her post until her term expired Sept. 25, even after Trump appointed her replacement on the commission, Christine Wilson. Trump appointed Joseph Simons to chair the commission.

To contact the reporter on this story: Victoria Graham in Washington at vgraham@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor on this story: Roger Yu at ryu@bloomberglaw.com

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