In August 2017, Julie joined Microsoft in an executive leadership position at the forefront of many of the global regulatory issues that underpin digital transformation. She leads legal, regulatory and policy initiatives focused on privacy; data protection; internet governance; telecommunications; online safety and speech moderation; accessibility; and corporate standards. Julie spearheads Microsoft’s preparations for the European General Data Protection Regulation, as well as other privacy and regulatory mandates around the globe.
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. 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.’ Prior to becoming a Commissioner of the FTC, 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 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.