Norton Rose Fulbright lost former Federal Trade Commissioner Pamela Harbour to Baker & Hostetler, her new firm announced Wednesday.
Harbour, who served as an independent on the commission from 2003 to 2010, has joined Baker & Hostetler as a partner in the antitrust and competition practice and a co-leader of the privacy and data protection team. She has offices in Washington and New York.
Harbour said she hadn't considered leaving Norton Rose until Baker & Hostetler approached her. Baker & Hostetler didn't win her over right away, however.
At the FTC, Harbour often spoke about privacy and data security issues. Harbour has expressed privacy concerns, for instance, about Google Inc.'s collection of consumer data. In 2010, the Electronic Privacy Information Center's awarded Harbour the annual Champion of Freedom Award for her work at the commission.
After leaving the FTC, she continued to express concerns about Google, calling the company "the Web's emperor" in a 2012 New York Times op-ed. At Norton Rose, she represented Microsoft.
"Our clients are growing increasingly attentive toward legal issues at the intersection of privacy, data security and competition—Pamela’s leadership in these fast-changing areas and her insight into the workings of the FTC will help provide strategic direction for our clients," Jeffrey Paravano, managing partner of Baker & Hostetler's Washington office, said in a written statement.
Updated at 2:56 p.m.