Dean Graybill has been selected by Jodie Bernstein, Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, to be Associate Director of the Bureau's Division of Service Industry Practices. The Division staff investigates and recommends Commission action to halt fraudulent consumer investment schemes that market gemstones, coins, and art works, as well as schemes involving emerging communications technologies. The division also monitors advertising by medical and other professionals and conducted an industry-wide investigation of diet program company advertising claims that resulted in FTC settlements with, or cases against, the majority of companies in that industry.
Graybill most recently headed the Bureau's Division of Enforcement, which ensures compliance with FTC orders and with rules and regulations designed to provide consumers with important pre-purchase information. Bernstein has appointed Elaine D. Kolish, Assistant Director of the Enforcement Division, to serve as Acting Director.
Prior to taking over the FTC's Enforcement Division, Graybill was Deputy Assistant Director in the Service Industry Practices Division, where he supervised antitrust matters (for example, state board competitive restrictions), health fraud and advertising litigation, as well as other projects. He also has been a staff attorney at the FTC, an attorney in the Antitrust Section of the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Becker and Chameides.
A graduate of George Washington University, Graybill received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1976. He is a native of Manheim, Pennsylvania, and resides in Takoma Park, Maryland.