The Federal Trade Commission has appointed Edward D. (Ted) Hassi as chief litigation counsel for the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Hassi is a former partner at O’Melveny & Myers. He will replace J. Robert Roberston, who left the agency in 2010 to return to private practice.
Hassi served as counsel to O’Melveny & Myers from June 2005 until January 2008. He was named partner in February 2008. As a member of the securities litigation and antitrust/competition teams, he led teams that investigated, prosecuted and defended complex civil litigations in state and federal court. He previously worked as an associate at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett from 1997 to 2005.
“We are delighted to have Ted join the bureau as chief litigation counsel,” said Richard Feinstein, director of the Bureau of Competition in a written statement. “His experience will serve us well in both leading cases and helping to develop the skills of our trial attorneys.”
Hassi is a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served as an officer in the Navy for eight years before attending Fordham University School of Law, where he earned the Order of the Coif and the Lawrence J. McKay Advocacy Award.