Federal Trade Commission
Federal Trade Commission
Kelley Drye attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) practice, advising clients as they seek to ensure that their advertising, marketing, and privacy practices comply with the law and representing companies when practices are under investigation.
Our objective when counseling is to provide practical advice that promotes compliance while balancing costs and benefits.  For companies under investigation, our objective is a just and speedy resolution, with emphasis on limiting the scope of the information sought, presentation of our client’s substantive position at the earliest possible stage, and meaningful discussions with FTC staff and commissioners.  Where resolution is not possible, our team will litigate with the FTC, either before an Administrative Law Judge or in federal court.

Our team prides itself on its substantive expertise and the application of the relevant law to our clients’ business practices.  This expertise extends beyond an understanding of the case law, rules, and guides, and includes a broad understanding of the administrative process and what it means to be a respondent in an investigation or defendant in a litigated matter.  This perspective is enhanced by the breadth and depth of experience of the Kelley Drye team.

Our team includes five former FTC officials, providing us with a level of expertise from the inside that no other law firm can offer:  Jessica Rich and Bill MacLeod are both former Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP); Laura Riposo VanDruff is a former Assistant Director in BCP’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection; Dana Rosenfeld (currently the firm’s managing partner) was an Assistant Director of BCP; and Aaron Burstein was a senior legal advisor to FTC Commissioner Julie Brill.  Jodie Bernstein, yet another BCP Director, remains a trusted advisor to the practice group.

The remaining partners in the group – Alysa Hutnik, Donnelly McDowell, Gonzalo Mon, Christie Thompson, John Villafranco, and Kristi Wolff – have represented companies in many of the most high-profile FTC investigations and litigations of the past 30 years.  And the practice group’s work is supported by a team of associates and special counsel who practice exclusively in this area, many of whom started their careers at the Commission.

Drawing on this expertise, we have an exceptional record of success in helping clients avoid FTC scrutiny, persuading the FTC to close investigations amicably, negotiating reasonable resolutions when it is in our clients’ interests to do so, and litigating to a favorable outcome when all else fails.
 
 
 

Overview

Kelley Drye attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of Federal Trade Commission (FTC) practice, advising clients as they seek to ensure that their advertising, marketing, and privacy practices comply with the law and representing companies when practices are under investigation.
Our objective when counseling is to provide practical advice that promotes compliance while balancing costs and benefits.  For companies under investigation, our objective is a just and speedy resolution, with emphasis on limiting the scope of the information sought, presentation of our client’s substantive position at the earliest possible stage, and meaningful discussions with FTC staff and commissioners.  Where resolution is not possible, our team will litigate with the FTC, either before an Administrative Law Judge or in federal court.

Our team prides itself on its substantive expertise and the application of the relevant law to our clients’ business practices.  This expertise extends beyond an understanding of the case law, rules, and guides, and includes a broad understanding of the administrative process and what it means to be a respondent in an investigation or defendant in a litigated matter.  This perspective is enhanced by the breadth and depth of experience of the Kelley Drye team.

Our team includes five former FTC officials, providing us with a level of expertise from the inside that no other law firm can offer:  Jessica Rich and Bill MacLeod are both former Directors of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP); Laura Riposo VanDruff is a former Assistant Director in BCP’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection; Dana Rosenfeld (currently the firm’s managing partner) was an Assistant Director of BCP; and Aaron Burstein was a senior legal advisor to FTC Commissioner Julie Brill.  Jodie Bernstein, yet another BCP Director, remains a trusted advisor to the practice group.

The remaining partners in the group – Alysa Hutnik, Donnelly McDowell, Gonzalo Mon, Christie Thompson, John Villafranco, and Kristi Wolff – have represented companies in many of the most high-profile FTC investigations and litigations of the past 30 years.  And the practice group’s work is supported by a team of associates and special counsel who practice exclusively in this area, many of whom started their careers at the Commission.

Drawing on this expertise, we have an exceptional record of success in helping clients avoid FTC scrutiny, persuading the FTC to close investigations amicably, negotiating reasonable resolutions when it is in our clients’ interests to do so, and litigating to a favorable outcome when all else fails.
 
Partner
Email (202) 342-8633(202) 342-8633
Christie Grymes Thompson chairs the firm’s Advertising and Marketing and Consumer Product Safety practice groups.  She focuses her practice on consumer protection matters, including adve...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8423(202) 342-8423
A member of the firm’s Executive Committee, John Villafranco provides litigation and counseling services, with a focus on advertising law matters and consumer protection. John is highly respe...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8453(202) 342-8453
Aaron Burstein serves clients with a strong technical background and a passion for solving complex privacy, data security, and consumer protection law problems.  He provides legal advice on pr...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8603(202) 342-8603
Alysa Hutnik chairs the firm’s Privacy and Information Security practice and delivers comprehensive expertise in all areas of privacy, data security and advertising law.  Her experience ...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8811(202) 342-8811
Bill MacLeod chairs the firm’s Antitrust and Competition and co-chairs the Consumer Financial Protection practice groups.  A past chair of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Assoc...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8588(202) 342-8588
Dana Rosenfeld serves as managing partner of Kelley Drye, and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and past chair of the firm’s Privacy and Information Security practice. ...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8672(202) 342-8672
Paul Singer, former Texas Associate Deputy Attorney General, focuses his practice on state-level regulatory enforcement actions and State Attorneys General investigations, advertising and marketing...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8435(202) 342-8435
Laura Riposo VanDruff focuses her practice on consumer privacy and data security, including compliance with federal and state laws throughout the U.S. and investigations by the Federal Trade Commis...
Partner
Email (202) 342-8805(202) 342-8805
Kristi Wolff is chair of the firm’s Food and Drug Law and Cannabis Law practices.  Kristi focuses her practice on food, drugs, dietary supplements, medical devices, personal care and con...
Of Counsel
Email (202) 342-8580(202) 342-8580
Jessica Rich, former director of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP), focuses her practice on consumer privacy, advertising, and other consumer protection...
Special Counsel
Email (202) 719-6022(202) 719-6022
Jennifer Fried is special counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Her practice focuses on advertising and consumer protection law. Jennifer, formerly the Assistant Director of the Nati...
Senior Associate
Email (202) 342-8671(202) 342-8671
Beth Chun focuses her practice on state-level regulatory enforcement actions and State Attorneys General investigations, advertising and marketing, data privacy, and other consumer protection law m...
Senior Associate
Email (202) 342-8455(202) 342-8455
Katie Rogers advises clients on all aspects of advertising, privacy and promoting their brands across a variety of media.  She helps clients ensure that their ads and labeling comply with regu...
Associate
Email (310) 712-6192(310) 712-6192
Rod Ghaemmaghami focuses his practice on data privacy and information security, advertising technology, and other consumer protection law matters.  Rod advises clients on ad tech privacy issue...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8504(202) 342-8504
Monica Kulkarni is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and focuses on advertising and marketing, data privacy and information security, product safety, and other consumer prote...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8473(202) 342-8473
Lauren Myers is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  Her practice focuses on advertising and marketing, data privacy and information security, product safety, and other c...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8459(202) 342-8459
Caroline Schmitz focuses her practice on advertising and marketing, data privacy and information security, product safety, and other consumer protection law matters. Caroline was previously wi...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8634(202) 342-8634
Alexander Schneider specializes in information privacy and security, advertising and marketing, and consumer protection law.  He provides clients with practical legal advice on compliance with...
Associate
Email (202) 342-8478(202) 342-8478
Kaelyne Wietelman is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  Kaelyne’s practice focuses on a broad range of regulatory and civil litigation matters, including consumer...

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