Maureen K. Ohlhausen chairs the firm's Global Antitrust and Competition practice. Her practice focuses on antitrust, privacy and data security, and consumer protection investigations and litigation both in the U.S. and abroad. She advises top-tier clients across a wide variety of industries including technology, retail, telecommunications, social media, and life sciences.
Maureen is sought after for her depth of experience both nationally and globally on antitrust and Federal Trade Commission (FTC)-related matters. She is known for her relationships with officials in the U.S. and abroad, with a particular emphasis on Europe and China.
She most recently led the FTC as Acting Chairman and Commissioner where she directed all aspects of the FTC's antitrust work, including merger review and conduct enforcement, and steered all FTC consumer protection enforcement, with a particular emphasis on privacy and technology issues. She regularly led the U.S. delegation at international antitrust and data privacy meetings and is the only FTC Commissioner to have received the Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of her knowledge of and contributions to the Commission.
Prior to her role as Commissioner, she led the FTC's Internet Access Task Force, which produced an influential report analyzing competition and consumer protection legal issues in the areas of broadband and internet.
Recent Events and Presentations
Dynamic Antitrust Discussion Series: “The FTC Rulemaking Agenda—Dwindled Innovation Through Regulation?”
Please join ITIF for the latest in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which ITIF’s Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy hosts leading scholars and antitrust enforcers to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation.
Schumpeter v. Brandeis v. Chicago: The Antitrust Debate of Our Times
Watch the launch of ITIF's Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy in the Innovation Economy. An expert panel will respond to the presentation of an important new ITIF report outlining a set of guiding principles for “dynamic antitrust.”
Dynamic Antitrust Discussion Series: “Killer Acquisitions”
ITIF and Competition Policy International hosted the fifth in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy, sits down with leading scholars and antitrust enforcers in Washington, Brussels, and elsewhere to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation.
Innovation Priorities for the New Administration
Join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Technology Policy Institute for a morning of expert panel discussions on how the incoming administration can accelerate the pace of innovation in the U.S. economy.
Regulating Broadband Privacy Under Title II: What Could Go Wrong?
The Social Impact of Open Data
Join the Center for Data Innovation and the Sunlight Foundation for a panel discussion highlighting the impact of open data across education, health care, international development, and other fields.