Arnold & Porter bags FTC chairman

The chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is joining Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter after six years in the position.

Robert Pitofsky will join Arnold & Porter’s antitrust practice, where he was of counsel before he left to chair the FTC.

The firm’s antitrust practice is one of the country’s most significant and now boasts 60 lawyers and nearly 20 partners.

Arnold & Porter’s managing partner Michael Sohn says: “Bob has a long history of being associated with this law firm and he has a great deal of professional and personal relationships with the firm and with its clients. I think it was a natural thing for him to want to resume that, and obviously, given his stature and experience, it’s great for us.”

Arnold & Porter’s antitrust clients include Intel, Xerox, General Electric, American Home Products and GlaxoSmithKline.

The group’s work includes looking at competition aspects of transactions, doing antitrust litigation and counselling on antitrust issues.