WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chairman Maureen
K. Ohlhausen has appointed Thomas Pahl as acting director
of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
to the FTC from the Washington, D.C., law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. As
a partner there, Pahl worked on consumer financial protection issues. Prior to
that, he spent time as a detail to the U.S. Senate Judiciary
Committee under Orrin Hatch and as an adjunct professor of
law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.
previously at the FTC in a number of roles starting in 1990. His early tenure included management stints in the Bureau of Consumer Protection as assistant director in the Division of Advertising Practices and the Division of
Pahl earned his B.A. in Economics from the College of St.
Thomas and his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.
“Tom’s career demonstrates his continuing commitment to
protecting consumers through active enforcement and advocacy that promotes a
free and honest marketplace,” Ohlhausen said. “His thoughtful approach will help ensure consumers benefit from thriving
competition and innovation. Tom’s talent, deep consumer protection
experience, and strong principles make him perfect to lead the Bureau of
Consumer Protection, and I’m very pleased to have him aboard.”