Collaboration in Action Speaker

Brad Smith


Brad Smith

Biography

Brad Smith is Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads approximately 1,100 legal, business, and corporate affairs professionals spanning 55 countries and is responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, and the company’s government affairs, public policy, corporate citizenship, and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft’s corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer. Brad joined Microsoft in 1993, and before becoming general counsel in 2002, he spent three years leading the LCA team in Europe, then five years serving as the deputy general counsel responsible for LCA’s teams outside the United States. Brad has overseen numerous negotiations leading to competition law and intellectual property agreements with governments around the world and with companies across the IT sector. He has played a leading role within Microsoft and in the IT sector on government surveillance, privacy, intellectual property, immigration, and computer science education policy issues. As the senior executive responsible for ensuring Microsoft fulfills its corporate responsibilities, he has helped the company achieve its consistent ranking in the top 2 percent of the S&P 500 for corporate governance scores. He has played a leadership role locally and nationally on numerous charitable, business, and legal initiatives. In 2013 he was named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. In 2014, the New York Times called Brad “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large.”