FTC Chairman Appoints Willard Tom as General Counsel and Announces Four Other Senior Appointments

Federal Trade Commission


Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz announced the appointment of Willard K. “Will” Tom as General Counsel for the agency, and the appointment of Peter J. Levitas, Mark W. Frankena, Howard Shelanski, and Judith Bailey to senior positions in the agency’s Competition and Economics Bureaus and the Office of Congressional Relations.


Howard Shelanski, who was named Deputy Director for Antitrust of the Bureau of Economics, has been a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley, where he co-directed the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and was an affiliated professor at the Haas School of Business. Since 1997, he has been a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Shelanski has served as chief economist for the Federal Communications Commission and as a senior economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, from Haverford College. Shelanski served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollak, and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Stephen F. Williams in the D.C. Circuit.