Edith Ramirez

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Edith Ramirez
Chair of the Federal Trade Commission
Assumed office
March 4, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jon Leibowitz
Personal details
Born San Clemente, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Harvard University (BA, JD)

Edith Ramirez is the current chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, a post she assumed on March 4, 2013.[1] Previously, she served as Commissioner from April 5, 2010 to September 25, 2015.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ramirez was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she handled a broad range of complex business litigation, including successfully representing clients in intellectual property, antitrust, unfair competition, and Lanham Act (trademark) matters. She has extensive appellate litigation experience.[2]

From 1993-96, she was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, in Los Angeles. She clerked for the Hon. Alfred T. Goodwin in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1992-93.[citation needed] Throughout her career, Ramirez has been active in a variety of professional and community activities. Most recently, she served as the Vice President on the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's largest municipal utility.[citation needed]


A native of Southern California, she graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude (1992), where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and holds a B.A. in History magna cum laude from Harvard University (1989).


  1. ^ Kendall, Brent (February 28, 2013). "FTC Commissioner Ramirez to Lead Agency". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ "Edith Ramirez to Lead the Federal Trade Commission". Federal Trade Commission. February 28, 2013. 

This article uses public domain material from the Federal Trade Commission Website.