David C. Shonka is serving his second tenure as the Acting General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission. He is also the agency’s Principal Deputy General Counsel. In his current position, he is the agency’s chief legal advisor. In both roles, he oversees the Office of the General Counsel’s Litigation, Legal Counsel, and Policy Studies units, as well as the agency’s FOIA, employer-employee, and Energy Counsel functions.
He has previously served as the agency’s Assistant General Counsel for Litigation. Before joining the FTC as a staff attorney, 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. In his career at the FTC, Shonka has advised the Commission on the full range of issues with which it deals, tried and argued competition and consumer protection cases in the federal district courts; tried cases in administrative proceedings, represented the Commission in appellate cases; and contributed to the government’s briefs in several cases before the Supreme Court.
Shonka is a member of the Sedona Conference, and frequently speaks at consumer finance, competition, privacy, and e-discovery 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. degree from the University of Nebraska, where he majored in English and economics.