Anthony E DiResta

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Anthony E. DiResta is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office who is a nationally recognized leader with extensive experience in governmental consumer protection law enforcement investigations and litigation. A seasoned advocate, Mr. DiResta has assisted clients in bet-the-company governmental investigations and litigation pursued by federal agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as in state enforcement proceedings involving state attorneys general.

Specifically, Mr. DiResta has successfully defended companies and individuals in over 50 governmental investigations – with many of those investigations being closed. Mr. DiResta is a former Director of the FTC's Southeast Regional office, where he supervised many of the enforcement, investigative, litigation and outreach activities of the Competition and Consumer Protection Bureaus of the agency. Among his accomplishments is his initiation and coordination of a consumer protection law enforcement sweep – including the DOJ, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 15 state attorneys general and the FTC – that resulted in more than 25 lawsuits and proceedings throughout the country. Under his leadership, the Southeast Regional office received the John Marshall Award from the U.S. Attorney General for its enforcement achievements. Mr. DiResta also served as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.

In June 2015, Mr. DiResta was honored as one of the nation's top "Regulatory Trailblazers & Pioneers" by The National Law Journal. It is an exclusive award that honors a select and prominent group of lawyers in the country who are leaders in successfully navigating the ever-changing fields of regulatory and compliance law.

Mr. DiResta is the co-chair of the firm's Consumer Protection Defense and Compliance Team. Mr. DiResta also serves as general counsel and director of regulatory affairs to the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), the advertising trade association that focuses on social media marketing.

Mr. DiResta is widely published in the areas of commercial litigation, FTC and CFPB matters, governmental investigations, consumer protection and antitrust law, with many articles cited by the courts and law review publications. In fact, one of his articles was cited with approval by the U.S. Supreme Court in Eastman Kodak Co. v. Image Technical Services, Inc., a leading antitrust decision.

Honors & Awards

  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine, 2017-2019 
  • Regulatory & Compliance Trailblazer, The National Law Journal, June 2015
  • Sunshine Award, Society of Professional Journalists, 1993
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


  • American Law Institute, Elected Member, 1993 - present
    • Restatement of Torts, Advisor
    • Restatements of Privacy, Governmental Ethics, and Employment Law, Consultative Group Member
  • Association of Credit and Collection Professionals, Regulatory Committee, 2010-2015
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member, 1984-2011
  • American Bar Association
    • Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee, Co-Chair, 2008-2009
    • Antitrust Litigation Committee, Co-Chair, 2000-2003
    • Host Committee Member, ABA Annual Meeting, 2002
    • Government Litigation Counsel Committee, Co-Chair, 1997-1999
  • Litigation News, Associate Editor, 1992-1994