Alston & Bird has hired former Federal Trade Commission official Kathleen Benway as a partner in the firm’s Washington office.

Benway worked about a dozen years at the FTC, including as chief of staff to three former directors of the agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. In that role, she managed day-to-day operations, and represented the bureau in interactions with agency commissioners.

Benway, who boasts significant regulatory and enforcement experience in privacy and data security matters, concentrates her practice on government investigations and consumer protection-focused corporate compliance.

While at the FTC, Benway served two details as counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where she assisted in investigations.

Benway most recently worked as a partner in the Washington office of Wilkinson Barker Knauer for a year after leaving the FTC in 2018.

“Finding an attorney of Kathleen’s caliber who has significant experience at the FTC, (Federal Communications Commission), and in the Senate is a big plus for our clients as the federal government continues to fix its regulatory sights on consumer protection law and policy,” Dennis Garris, partner in charge of Alston’s Washington office, said in a firm statement.