Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Privacy and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
Julie Brill is Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Privacy and Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft Corporation. In this executive leadership position, Ms Brill is at the forefront of many of the regulatory issues that underpin the digital transformation, leading Microsoft's global policy and legal discussions involving privacy; internet governance; telecommunications; online safety; hate speech; accessibility; and corporate standards. She is spearheading Microsoft's preparations for the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as other privacy mandates around the globe. Ms Brill has a key role in Microsoft's interactions with regulators and policy makers developing regulations and standards around the world.
Previously, Ms Brill served as Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, from April 6, 2010, through March 31, 2016. Ms Brill worked actively on issues of critical importance to today's consumers, including protecting consumers' privacy, encouraging appropriate advertising substantiation, guarding consumers from financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving high-tech and health care.
Ms Brill was named "the Commission's most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues", a "key player in U.S. and global regulations", "one of the top minds in online privacy", one of the top four U.S. government players "leading the data privacy debate", "one of the top 50 influencers on big data", and a "game-changer". In 2014, she received the Privacy Leader of the Year Award from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Upon leaving the Commission on April 1, 2016, Ms Brill became the Co-Director of the Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice of Hogan Lovells, a global law firm. She served in that role through July 7, 2017, before assuming her current role at Microsoft on August 14, 2017. Ms Brill's privacy and cybersecurity team was named the top privacy practice in 2017 by Chambers. National Law Journal named Ms Brill a "Cybersecurity Trailblazer" for her thought leadership on these issues.
Ms Brill has been an advocate of protecting consumers' privacy, especially with new online and mobile technologies, and supports the creation and implementation of mechanisms to give consumers better information and control over the collection and use of their personal online information. In her speeches, publications and meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders, Ms Brill calls on industry and policymakers to improve privacy by developing practical solutions rooted in both consumer protection and competition principles.
Ms Brill was named "one of the 50 most powerful people in health care". She has advocated for effective antitrust enforcement in the health care and high-tech sectors. She wrote the Commission's unanimous decision in ProMedica, dissolving the merger of two hospitals in Toledo, Ohio. Ms Brill's ProMedica decision was recently upheld on appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Ms Brill has received numerous additional national awards for her work, including the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award, being named one of eight "Government Stars" among the "2015 Attorneys Who Matter", and being elected to the American Law Institute.
Prior to becoming a Commissioner, Ms Brill was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Commissioner Brill has also been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University's School of Law. Before serving as Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust in North Carolina, Ms Brill served as an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years. Prior to coming to the Vermont Attorney General's office, Ms Brill was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. She clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr.
Ms Brill graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.