Biography William E. Kovacic

William E. Kovacic has served as a member of the Federal Trade Commission since January 2006. He was the agency’s Chairman from March 2008 until March 2009. Since January 2009, Kovacic has served as the Vice Chair for Outreach of the International Competition Network. Before he became a Commissioner, Kovacic was the FTC’s General Counsel from 2001 through 2004. He first worked for the Commission from 1979 until 1983, initially in the Bureau of Competition’s Planning Office and later as an attorney advisor to former Commissioner George W. Douglas.

Since 1999, Kovacic has been a member of the faculty of the George Washington University Law School, where he presently is on leave. He was a member of the faculty of the George Mason University School of Law from 1986 to 1999. From 1983 to 1986, Kovacic practiced antitrust and government contracts law for three years with Bryan Cave. From 1975 to 1976, Kovacic was a member of the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee.

Since 1992, Kovacic has served as an adviser on antitrust and consumer protection issues to the governments of Armenia, Benin, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.