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Phyllis H. Marcus

Phyllis H. Marcus

Hunton & Williams LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Phyllis is counsel to Hunton & Williams LLP’s global competition team and has a unique combination of experience in advertising enforcement and privacy law. Her practice focuses on advertising, marketing and consumer protection issues. She also counsels clients on compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule and managing related enforcement actions. Phyllis joined Hunton & Williams LLP from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she held numerous leadership positions during her longstanding tenure, handling both advertising and marketing issues, and privacy matters (with a focus on children’s privacy).

With at the FTC, Phyllis served as the Chief of Staff of the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Advertising Practices. In that role, she oversaw the FTC’s advertising workload, handled congressional matters, wrote high profile speeches and testimony regarding FTC advertising initiatives, and led several FTC investigations involving deceptive health claims, endorsements and disclosures. Phyllis also was awarded the Official Commendation for Distinguished Service by the Chairwoman of the FTC in October 2015.

From 2006 to 2013, Phyllis led the FTC’s children’s online privacy program. In this capacity, Phyllis was responsible for bringing a host of civil penalty actions enforcing the COPPA Rule, including the first $1 million COPPA civil penalty and a subsequent record-setting $3 million penalty. Phyllis also led the 2010-2012 team responsible for overhauling the COPPA Rule, and has a keen understanding of the complexities of the revised regulations.

Phyllis has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and NPR Marketplace. She is frequently sought after to speak on consumer protection issues, such as protecting children online, the COPPA Rule and other FTC advertising initiatives and enforcement actions.

Phyllis was a law clerk to Judge John C. Eldridge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. She received her JD from University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude.

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