Name: Brad Smith
Title/Occupation: General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs
What Makes The Person A Game Changer: Brad Smith leads Microsoft’s Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs, which is responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio and patent licensing business, and its government affairs and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft’s corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer. Since becoming general counsel in 2002, Smith has helped spearhead the growth in the company’s intellectual property portfolio and the launch of global campaigns to bring enforcement actions against those engaged in software piracy and counterfeiting, malware, consumer fraud, and other digital crimes. As software has migrated online and into a computing “cloud,” one of LCA’s current principal goals is to help establish the legal foundation for this next generation of technology. Smith has also helped advance several significant diversity and pro bono initiatives, both within Microsoft and in the broader legal profession. He currently co-chairs the board of directors of Kids in Need of Defense and serves as chair of the Pipeline Committee of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
For more information about Brad Smith, visit http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/en/us/lcadiversity.aspx.