A couple of lawyers with ties to the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) in Washington will leave the nonprofit organization for the Federal Trade Commission, the group announced on Friday.
Richard Brunell, AAI's legal advocacy director and head of its amicus program, will join the FTC as senior adviser for competition matters. AAI Advisory Board member Andrew Gavil, a Howard University School of Law professor, will become the director of the FTC Office of Policy Planning. They start on September 4.
Brunell and Gavil have "a tremendous amount of talent," AAI President Bert Foer said. "It means that the FTC is picking up two dynamite antitrust lawyers."
Brunell couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
Randy Stutz, AAI's senior counsel and director of special projects, will succeed Brunell as the organization's legal advocacy director and head of its amicus program. Vinson & Elkins associate Sandeep Vaheesan will join AAI as a special counsel to assist Stutz.