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Professor Marina Lao at the FTC

Professor Lao’s professional career, and legal scholarship, has given her in-depth knowledge of competition law and policy

Professor Marina Lao has taken a leave of absence from Seton Hall Law School to assume the role of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Director of the Office of Policy Planning beginning in February 2015. During her appointment, she will help develop long-term policy initiatives that will encourage competition and protect consumer interests, and also advise FTC staff on cases when new, complex policy and legal issues arise.

“I am excited about my new role at the FTC,” Professor Lao said. “What is most appealing to me is that I have the opportunity to work with talented professionals to assist the Commission to develop long-range policies that advance competition and protect consumers. I am also hopeful that, when I return to Seton Hall, my experience at the FTC will benefit our students.”

Professor Lao’s professional work and legal scholarship has been dedicated to antitrust law, competition policy and enforcement. Her first position as a trial attorney was with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. She serves on the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute, and served as Chair of the Section of Antitrust and Economic Regulation of the Association of American Law Schools. She has offered Congressional testimony and spoken at workshops sponsored by the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.

In the press release issued by the FTC announcing Professor Lao’s appointment, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez wrote, “I am very pleased to welcome Professor Lao to our leadership team, where her depth of knowledge in the areas of competition and intellectual property law will help the Federal Trade Commission continue to effectively promote competition and protect American consumers.”