On May 17, Fulbright & Jaworski will add former Federal Trade Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour as a partner in the antitrust and competition practice. Harbour will work out of the firm's Washington and New York offices.
Harbour has been one of five FTC commissioners since 2003. Her term expired on April 6.
Harbour has been in the news recently for the sharp criticisms she leveled at technology companies during a panel discussion in March. Harbour said that tech companies are setting a dangerous precedent of publicly exposing consumer data, especially during the rollout of new products. Harbour cited Google launch of its social networking application Google Buzz, which was widely criticized for automatically signing users up to connect with other users based on email contacts in Google’s Gmail and for making that list public.
Before being tapped for the FTC, Harbour was an antitrust partner at Kaye Scholer. Harbour has also served as in the New York Attorney General's Office, rising from chief of the office’s Public Advocacy Division to deputy attorney general. During her 11-year stint in the attorney general’s office, she argued before the U. S. Supreme Court State Oil v. Khan, a landmark price-fixing case.
Her practice focuses on Internet privacy, e-commerce, consumer protection, and other competition-related matters.
In a statement, Layne Kruse, the co-chair of the firm’s antitrust and competition practice, said, "Pamela's governmental experience and substantive knowledge make her a great fit for our firm during a time of increased enforcement initiatives."
Harbour was not immediately available for comment.