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David C. Shonka

David C. Shonka

Federal Trade Commission
Acting General Counsel
Washington, DC, USA


David C. Shonka is the Acting General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission.  He has served in that position twice previously (January - June 2009 and October 2012 – June 2013).  The FTC’s General Counsel is the agency’s chief law officer and adviser.  In that role, Mr. Shonka provides legal services to the Commission and its staff, represents the Commission in Federal and State courts, and advises the Commission and other agency officials and staff on questions of law and policy.  This includes providing advice with respect to legislative matters, ethics, and energy policy.   He is also responsible for the agency’s responses to intra- and intra-governmental, and international access requests and he oversees the agency’s FOIA program.  Mr. Shonka is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, where he serves on the ACUS Committee on Judicial Review and the Council of Independent Regulatory Agencies; and he is an active member of the Sedona Conference, where he has served on the Steering Committee for Working Group 1 (e-discovery and electronic records), and participates in projects for Working Groups 6 (cross-border transfers of data) and 11 (privacy).  In 2015, Mr. Shonka was awarded the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, which is one of the highest honors available to members of the Senior Executive Service.

He has been the agency’s Principal Deputy General Counsel since 2008; and has previously served as the agency’s Assistant General Counsel for Litigation.  Before joining the FTC, Mr. Shonka was an associate in a Washington D.C. law firm and a litigator in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.  During his FTC career, Mr. Shonka has advised the Commission on the full range of issues with which it deals, litigated competition and consumer protection cases in the federal district courts; tried cases in administrative proceedings, and represented the Commission in numerous appellate cases.

Mr. Shonka frequently speaks on consumer finance, competition, privacy, data security, and cross-border discovery and e-discovery topics at conferences both in the United States and abroad.  He has also served as an instructor in various trial advocacy courses, and represented the Commission in several technical assistance missions abroad.  He received his JD from the University of Maine School of Law in 1972; and his B.A. from the University of Nebraska, where he majored in English and economics.

David C. Shonka is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Scope and Limits of Government Investigation of a Data Breach - Government Investigations 2017: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Monday, February 27, 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Federal Trade Commission, Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business (October 2016) - Government Investigations 2017: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Monday, February 27, 2017
Federal Trade Commission, Start with Security: A Guide for Business, Lessons Learned from FTC Cases (June 2015) - Government Investigations 2017: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Monday, February 27, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Scope and Limits of Government Investigation of a Data Breach - Scope and Limits of Government Investigation of a Data Breach, Monday, February 27, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Scope and Limits of Government Investigation of a Data Breach - Scope and Limits of Government Investigation of a Data Breach, Monday, February 27, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Government Investigations 2017: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Wednesday, March 01, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Columbus, OH
Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Nashville, TN
Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Government Investigations 2018: Investigations Arising From Data Breach and Privacy Concerns and Parallel Proceedings, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Mechanicsburg, PA
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