Washington, DC, August 10, 2006 – O’Melveny & Myers LLP announced today that Maryanne Kane joined the firm as Of Counsel and will be resident in the firm’s Washington DC office. Until recently, Ms. Kane served as Chief of Staff to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras. Ms. Kane has joined the firm’s 75 lawyer Antitrust/Competition practice, which is co-chaired by former FTC Chairman Timothy J. Muris and Richard G. Parker, a former Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.
“Maryanne has an impressive portfolio of legal, congressional, management, and communication skills honed from her work over the past 28 years at the Federal Trade Commission. I expect that she will direct her sound judgment and many other strengths to enhance O’Melveny’s burgeoning Antitrust/Competition practice,” said Tim Muris.
About Maryanne Kane
Ms. Kane served as Chief of Staff for two FTC Chairmen, first for former Chairman Muris from January 2003 to August 2004, and then for Chairman Majoras from August 2004 through April 2006. In this role, Ms. Kane was a key advisor to the Chairman and the Commission on congressional, budget, personnel, management, and strategic planning issues. She helped direct the agency’s senior staff in implementing the Commission’s antitrust and consumer protection initiatives, including those in the law enforcement, policy, and education arenas. Of particular note, Ms. Kane helped guide the agency’s consideration and implementation of the National Do Not Call Registry. She also helped formulate the agency’s responses in the continuing congressional debates over petroleum pricing, and she was instrumental in managing the development and issuance of key FTC reports addressing the interface between competition and patent law and policy, the injection of a stronger dose of competition into the development of health care policy, and the evaluation of the factors that affect gasoline pricing.
Ms. Kane joined the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection in 1978 and worked on advertising cases, particularly those involving food and drugs. In 1984, she moved to the FTC’s Office of the General Counsel, where she focused on a broad array of legal issues, and devoted particular attention to congressional matters. Ms. Kane developed the legal support for the Commission’s legislative agenda and helped to establish an effective and productive working relationship between the FTC and the Congress. In 1992, she received the FTC Chairman’s Award for outstanding work in this area. She was a principal architect of the legislative proposals that, in 1994, provided the foundation for the FTC’s reauthorization and also for the Telemarketing Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act. She also contributed significantly to the development of legislation affecting various market sectors, including energy and financial services.
Ms. Kane graduated with honors from Rutgers University in 1970, and received her J.D. from Georgetown University in 1973. She is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section.
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