Hon. Maureen K. Ohlhausen

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Maureen K. Ohlhausen

Maureen K. Ohlhausen was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012, to a term that expires in September 2018. 

Prior to joining the Commission, Ohlhausen was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she focused on FTC issues, including privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity.

Ohlhausen previously served at the Commission for 11 years, most recently as Director of the Office of Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008, where she led the FTC's Internet Access Task Force.  She was also Deputy Director of that office.  From 1998 to 2001, Ohlhausen was an attorney advisor for former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle, advising him on competition and consumer protection matters.  She started at the FTC General Counsel’s Office in 1997. 

Before coming to the FTC, Ohlhausen spent five years at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, serving as a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle and as a staff attorney.  Ohlhausen also clerked for Judge Robert Yock of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims from 1991 to 1992.

Ohlhausen graduated with distinction from George Mason University School of Law in 1991 and  graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1984.

Ohlhausen was on the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law, where she taught privacy law and unfair trade practices.  She served as a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal and a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on Competition and Public Policy.  She has authored a variety of articles on competition law, privacy, and technology matters.

Ohlhausen lives in Virginia with her husband, Peter Ohlhausen, and their four children.

  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 1991,with distinction
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1984, with distinction

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Publications and Multimedia
Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen on the FTC and Advertising Substantiation - Podcast
Corporations, Securities & Antitrust and Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Groups Podcast
March 04, 2015
Competition Policy in the Telecommunications Space - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Net Neutrality: The Power to Act - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
August 04, 2014
A Conversation with Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen - Podcast
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
December 19, 2013
Communications Law Reform - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Rewriting the Telecomm Act: Has the Time Come? - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2010
Ban on Charitable Solicitations Likely Unconstitutional
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3, Winter 2000
February 01, 2000