Mary L. Azcuenaga was sworn in as a member of the Federal Trade Commission on November 27, 1984. She was appointed by President Reagan for a term expiring September 26, 1991, and she was reappointed by President Bush for a second term, expiring September 26, 1998.
Before her appointment, Commissioner Azcuenaga spent more than 11 years on the legal staff of the Commission, during which she held several positions and gained experience in all aspects of the Commission's work. She has a varied litigation background, including both federal court and administrative litigation. She has substantial expertise in the field of antitrust, including extensive experience in merger litigation. In addition, she has a background in the field of consumer protection and administrative law and has experience in administration and management.
Immediately before assuming her present position, Commissioner Azcuenaga served as Assistant General Counsel for Legal Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission. Earlier, she served as Assistant to the General Counsel, as Assistant Director of the San Francisco Regional Office, as Assistant to the Executive Director, and as a litigation attorney in the Office of the General Counsel.
Commissioner Azcuenaga is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Chicago School of Law. She has been a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Food and Drug Law Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. She is the author of numerous articles, speeches, and Commission opinions.
Commissioner Azcuenaga is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of California. She lives in Washington, D.C.