Willard Tom ’79 has been tapped to become general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission.  Tom, currently an antitrust partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, D.C., is rejoining the commission, having served as deputy director of the Bureau of Competition and head of the policy office during the Clinton administration.

In his new position, Tom will be the commission’s chief legal officer and adviser, representing the agency in court and providing legal counsel to the commission and its bureaus and offices.

Tom has worked in the antitrust field for nearly thirty years, both in private practice and in government.  In addition to his previous FTC work, he served as counselor to the head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, responsible for intellectual property, vertical restraints and telecommunications matters.

In addition to his J.D. from Harvard Law School, Tom earned an A.B. from Harvard College.