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Davis Polk Hires Former Federal Trade Commission Economist

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP said Howard A. Shelanski, a former deputy director at the Federal Trade Commission, joined the law firm’s Washington office to strengthen its antitrust and regulatory business.

Shelanski, 47, was a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley from 1997 to 2009, where he co-directed the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology from 2000 to 2008, Davis Polk said in a statement.

He also served as chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission from 1999 to 2000, and from 1998 to 1999 was a senior economist to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, Davis Polk said. He was deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics from 2009 until this year, where he was responsible for the antitrust portfolio.

Shelanski has also practiced law and Washington and served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Davis Polk said. He earned his law degree and his doctorate in economics at Berkeley and his bachelor’s degree at Haverford College outside Philadelphia.

“Howard is a uniquely skilled and highly respected antitrust lawyer and economist who brings valuable senior government experience to the firm,” Thomas J. Reid, the New York-based firm’s managing partner, said in a statement.

Shelanski will continue to teach at Georgetown University’s Law Center.

Davis Polk said it has been bolstering its Washington office with lawyers with senior government experience during the past three years, including Susan C. Ervin, former deputy director and chief counsel of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Michael Sohn, former general counsel of the FTC.

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