Julie Brill is Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs at Microsoft Corporation. In this senior executive leadership position, Julie is at the forefront of many of the regulatory issues that underpin the digital transformation, leading the 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. Julie has a key role in Microsoft’s interactions with regulators and policy makers developing regulations and standards around the world.
Julie is active in civil society, serving as co-chair of the Business at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Committee for Digital Economic Policy, board member of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and member of the National Academy of Sciences Intelligence Community Study Board.
Nominated by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, Julie Brill served for six years as a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. As Commissioner, Julie worked actively on issues of critical importance to today’s consumers, including consumers’ privacy, appropriate advertising substantiation, financial fraud, and maintaining competition in industries involving health care and high-tech.
Julie 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.
Commissioner Brill has received numerous additional national awards for her work, including the University of California, Berkeley School of Law 2019 Privacy Leader of the Year, 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 Microsoft, Julie joined the global law firm Hogan Lovells as Partner and Co-Director of its Privacy and Cybersecurity practice. She assisted clients with navigating the complex regulatory environment governing privacy, data breaches, cybersecurity, advertising and competition issues around the globe. Under her leadership, Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity lawyers were named the top privacy practice in 2017 by Chambers. That same year, National Law Journal named Julie a “Cybersecurity Trailblazer” for her thought leadership on these issues.
Earlier in her career, Julie served as Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice; and as Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years. Julie led the National Association of Attorneys General Privacy Working Group during her tenure at the North Carolina and Vermont Attorneys’ General offices.
Julie 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 servic