Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz doled out some high-profile jobs yesterday to three Washington lawyers.
Susan DeSanti, a partner in the D.C. office of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, was tapped as director of policy planning at the FTC. Before joining the firm in 2007, DeSanti spent 15 years at the FTC. She held a number of positions, including deputy general counsel for policy studies and a prior stint as director of policy planning.
Richard Feinstein, a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Washington, is headed back to the FTC as director of the bureau of competition. From 1998 to 2001, he was an assistant director in the bureau.
Finally, Georgetown Law Professor David Vladeck will become director of the bureau of consumer protection. Vladeck spent thirty years as a lawyer at the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen Litigation Group, including a decade as the group’s director. Observers predict his appointment signals that the FTC is getting more aggressive on consumer protection issues.