Kovacic is currently the E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law at George Washington University Law School, where he began to teach in 1999. He was the FTC’s General Counsel from 2001 through the end of 2004. Kovacic earlier worked at the Commission from 1979 to 1983, first with the Bureau of Competition’s Planning Office and later as an attorney advisor to former Commissioner George W. Douglas. After leaving the FTC in 1983, Kovacic was an antitrust associate with the Washington, DC, office of Bryan Cave, where he practiced in the firm’s antitrust and government contracts departments, until joining the George Mason University School of Law in 1986. Earlier in his career, he spent one year on the majority staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Kovacic has written numerous articles on antitrust and the FTC, co-authored an antitrust casebook, and advised numerous foreign governments about competition and consumer protection issues.
Rosch, the former managing partner in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins, is currently a partner, working in the firm’s antitrust and health care and life sciences divisions. Nationally regarded for his antitrust and trade regulation law expertise, he has been lead counsel in more than 100 federal and state court antitrust cases and has more than 40 years experience before the Bar. Rosch served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section in 1990, and he has chaired the California Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. He served as the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection director from 1973 to 1975, and in 1989 was a member of the Special Committee to Study the Role of the FTC. Rosch currently is a member of the antitrust advisory boards of the Practising Law Institute and the Bureau of National Affairs’ Trade Regulation Reporter.
It is anticipated that Kovacic, who will fill a seat vacated in June by Commissioner Orson Swindle, and Rosch, who will replace Commissioner Thomas B. Leary, will formally be sworn in at the Commission in January.
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