Bradford L. Smith, Microsoft
Brad Smith is Microsoft’s senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. He leads the company’s Department of Law and Corporate Affairs, which is responsible for all legal work and for government, industry, and community affairs activities. Smith has played a leading role at Microsoft on intellectual property, competition law, and other Internet legal and public policy issues. Smith is the company’s chief compliance officer and is responsible for Microsoft’s work to implement the antitrust consent decree established in 2001 with the Department of Justice and state Attorneys General.
Smith led negotiations that resulted in nine state Attorneys General dropping their antitrust appeal against Microsoft in 2002. He was also responsible for the negotiation of agreements in 2002 with the Federal Trade Commission and European Commission covering privacy and security requirements for the company’s Passport online-authentication service. He also helped lead the company’s 2003 negotiations that resolved Microsoft’s differences with AOL Time Warner. Smith has helped spearhead Microsoft’s global campaigns to bring enforcement actions against those engaged in illegal spamming, virus creation, and software counterfeiting. Smith previously worked for five years as Deputy General Counsel for Worldwide Sales, and before that, he spent three years managing the company’s European Law and Corporate Affairs group, based in Paris. Before joining Microsoft, Smith was a partner at Covington & Burling. Smith graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he received the Class of 1901 Medal, the Dewitt Clinton Poole Memorial Prize, and the Harold Willis Dodds Achievement Award, the highest award given to a graduating senior at commencement. He was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at the Columbia University School of Law, where he received the David M. Berger Memorial Award. He also studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
[Back to Speakers]