Jonathan Nuechterlein, former general counsel for the Federal Trade Commission, has joined law firm  Sidley Austin as partner and co-leader of the firm's communications regulatory practice. He also joins the antitrust/competition practice.

In 2013, Nuechterlein joined the FTC as general counsel, serving as the chief legal officer and leader of a 53-person team within the Office of General Counsel. Nuechterlein’s primary responsibilities included representing the Commission in a variety of actions in federal court; providing legal counsel to FTC, its operating bureaus and offices; and advising on matters relating to antitrust and consumer protection.

Prior to the FTC, Nuechterlein was a partner at an international law firm from 2001 to 2013, where he was chair of the communications, privacy and internet law practice. From 2000 to 2001, Nuechterlein served as deputy general counsel for the Federal Communications Commission.

From 1996 to 2000, he served as an assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued seven cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.