David Shonka

Principal General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

David is widely recognized and respected in both the government and private sector as an authority on all things Information Law. Clients seek David’s expertise as they manage issues related to privacy, security, eDiscovery, cross-border data transfers, government civil law enforcement investigations, and information governance. With his outstanding record as a trial and appellate litigator and legal strategist, David is considered a thought leader in the broader legal community.

David’s work experience includes:

Prior to joining Redgrave LLP, David served three terms as the Acting General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and ten years as the agency’s Principal Deputy General Counsel. In both roles, he oversaw the Office’s Litigation, Legal Counsel, and Opinions and Analysis Groups, as well as FOIA, Employment Law, and Energy Counsel Staff. Prior to becoming the Principal Deputy General Counsel, David was the agency’s Assistant General Counsel for Litigation. Before joining the FTC, David was an associate at a Washington, DC law firm and a litigator in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.


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