April 20, 2010
Edith Ramirez ’92 was sworn in as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission in April. Nominated by President Barack Obama ’91, she joins a five-member commission that works against deceptive advertising and enforces adherence to antitrust law.
Previously, Ramirez was a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, in Los Angeles, where she specialized in intellectual property and business litigation. While there she represented a diverse range of clients, including Mattel Inc., The Walt Disney Company, and Northrop Grumman Corp., in actions involving copyright and trademark infringement, antitrust and unfair competition claims, business tort, and other general business litigation cases.
Ramirez is also involved with a number of community outreach activities; she has served on the board of directors for Volunteers of America and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
The FTC is an independent agency that reports to Congress and is headed by five commissioners, each serving a seven-year term.
A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College, Ramirez served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review while at HLS, during President Barack Obama’s tenure as its first black president. She later worked on Obama's campaign as director of Latino Outreach in California.