Joel Winston is Associate Director of the Division of Financial Practices in the Federal Trade Commission=s Bureau of Consumer Protection. That Division has responsibility for enforcing federal consumer protection laws relating to mortgages and other credit products, debt collection, debt relief services, fair lending, and other financial products and services. Prior to that position, Mr. Winston was Associate Director of the FTC=s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, with responsibilities covering the areas of consumer privacy, data security, identity theft, and credit reporting. While in that position, Mr. Winston served on a presidential Identity Theft Task Force, was a member of the Advisory Board for the BNA Privacy & Security Law Reporter, and served on the Editorial Board and as an author for a treatise published in 2009 by the American Bar Association, AConsumer Protection Law Developments.@ In 2008, Mr. Winston received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, one of the highest honors given to members of the federal government=s Senior Executive Service.
Earlier in his career at the FTC, Mr. Winston served as a staff attorney and Assistant Director in the Division of Advertising Practices.
Mr. Winston is a frequent speaker and provides guidance and advice to the business and legal communities on consumer protection issues. He received his undergraduate degree (with high honors) and law degree (with honors) from the University of Michigan.