David Shonka

Government Member

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David C. Shonka is the Principal Deputy General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission.  He has twice served as the agency’s Acting General Counsel (January - June 2009 and October 2012 – June 2013).  He oversees the General Counsel’s Litigation, Legal Counsel, and Opinions & Analysis groups, as well as its FOIA, employment law, and Energy Counsel staff.  Mr. Shonka is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, where he serves on the Committee on Judicial Review and the Council of Independent Regulatory Agencies.  He is also a member of the Steering Committee for Sedona Conference Working Group 1 (e-discovery and information governance), and is active in Sedona Working Groups 6 (cross-border discovery) and 11 (privacy and data security).  He previously served as the first chair of the FTC’s E-discovery Steering Committee, and is a recipient of the 2015 Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award. 

Mr. Shonka has been the FTC’s Assistant General Counsel for Litigation, an associate in a Washington D.C. law firm, and a litigator at the US Department of Justice.  During his FTC career, Mr. Shonka has advised the Commission on the full range of issues with which it deals, litigated federal court competition and consumer protection cases, tried cases in administrative proceedings, represented the Commission in appellate cases, and overseen the revision of the FTC’s Rules of Practice pertaining to investigations and administrative litigation. 

Mr. Shonka frequently speaks on consumer finance, competition, privacy, data security, and e-discovery topics both in the US and abroad.  He has also been an instructor in various trial advocacy courses, and represented the Commission in technical assistance missions abroad.  


  • Principal Deputy General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission