Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Expands Antitrust Practice

- Former FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright Joins the Firm -

Alicia Towler White
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

PALO ALTO, CA (January 12, 2016) - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide, announced today that Joshua D. Wright has joined the firm's antitrust practice as Senior Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C., office. Wright, who most recently served as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission and is one of the nation's leading scholars in antitrust law and consumer protection, is currently a professor of law and director of the Global Antitrust Institute at George Mason University. He was a member of the FTC from 2013 to 2015.

"Whether he was brokering a major bipartisan policy agreement between commissioners or asserting the need for clarity and predictability in agency enforcement practices, Josh proved himself to be an impactful advocate for businesses during his time at the FTC," said Doug Clark, co-managing partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. "Our clients will certainly benefit from his diverse experience with the critical issues facing today's global enterprises, including standard-essential patents, net neutrality, intellectual property rights, and monopolization."

Wright was appointed to the FTC by President Obama and unanimously confirmed as a commissioner in 2013. He previously served the FTC in the Bureau of Competition as its inaugural scholar-in-residence from 2007 to 2008, where he focused on enforcement matters and competition policy. Wright's return to the FTC as a commissioner in 2013 marked his fourth stint at the agency, after also having served as an intern in the Bureau of Economics and the Bureau of Competition in 1997 and 1998, respectively. From 2009 to 2012, Joshua was a senior consultant at Charles River Associates, a global economic and financial consulting firm.

Wright earned his J.D. from UCLA in 2002 and a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 2003. He received his B.A. in economics with highest departmental honors from the University of California, San Diego, in 1998. From 2003 to 2005, he served a law clerk to the Honorable James V. Selna of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Based in New York City, Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, and Brussels, the highly regarded antitrust practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advises clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions, criminal and civil investigations by government agencies, antitrust litigation, and issues involving intellectual property, consumer protection, and privacy. The internationally recognized practice has been involved in several of the most important antitrust matters of the past decade and has obtained favorable antitrust outcomes for clients as diverse as Google, Twitter, Live Nation, Netflix, Trulia, Seagate, Nuance, Coca-Cola, Glencore, The McClatchy Company, Brocade, Pixar, Micron, and Autodesk.

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