Alden Abbott

Senior Research Fellow

Mercatus Center, George Mason University

Alden Abbott

Senior Research Fellow

Mercatus Center, George Mason University

Alden Abbott is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center. Prior to joining Mercatus, he served as the General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). As the Commission’s chief legal officer and adviser, he represented the agency in court and provides legal counsel to the Commission and its bureaus and offices.

Prior to rejoining the FTC in April 2018, Mr. Abbott served in executive positions at the Heritage Foundation (2014-2018) and BlackBerry (2012-2014). He also held a variety of senior positions in the U.S. federal government (in the FTC, the Commerce Department, and the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and the Antitrust Division).

He speaks French, Spanish, and Italian.

Contributions

Deep Dive Episode 176 – Courthouse Steps Decision: AMG Capital Management v. FTC

May 4, 2021

Experts discuss the Supreme Court’s recent decision and its implications for the FTC’s ability to seek, or a court to award, monetary relief such as restitution.

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Deep Dive Episode 158 – Courthouse Steps Oral Arguments: AMG Capital Management v. FTC

January 27, 2021

A distinguished panel analyzes oral arguments in AMG Capital Management v. FTC, a case that could define the scope of the FTC’s remedial authority.

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