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US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
Office of Management and Budget, The White House
Victoria A. Espinel serves in the Executive Office of the President as the first US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in September 2009 and was confirmed by the Senate in December 2009.
Ms. Espinel is charged with developing and implementing the Administration’s overall strategy for enforcement of intellectual property.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Espinel was a Professor at the George Mason University School of Law, teaching intellectual property and international trade law. While at George Mason, she acted as an advisor on intellectual property issues to the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Finance Committee, House Judiciary Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. In 2009, Ms. Espinel founded Bridging the Innovation Divide, a not-for-profit foundation focused on addressing the "innovation divide" and empowering all Americans to obtain the full benefit of their creativity and ingenuity.
In 2001, Ms. Espinel joined the Office of the US Trade Representative as the Senior Counsel for intellectual property issues. In 2005, Ms. Espinel was asked to serve as the first Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation at the Office of the US Trade Representative, creating the Office of Intellectual Property and Innovation at USTR and serving as the Chief U.S. Trade Negotiator for intellectual property and innovation. While at USTR, she testified on numerous occasions before the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Ms. Espinel holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, a JD from Georgetown University Law School, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
Vice President of Digital Media Technology Strategy
Sony Corporation of America
Albhy Galuten is Vice President of Digital Media Strategy for Sony Network Entertainment.
At Sony, Mr. Galuten’s responsibilities include work on technology strategy and due diligence, research & development, relationships with the content industry and the development of standards.
Before coming to Sony in 2005, Mr. Galuten was Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology at Universal Music Group. In this role, he led a team that provided strategic advice to senior management in the technology space, performed technical due diligence of software, hardware and business systems, developed new technologies and filed patents. The group also managed standards participation, negotiated technology licenses and provided technical support for lobbying efforts and trade organizations.
Before working at Universal, Mr. Galuten was a Vice President at ION, where he created and developed the Enhanced CD.
In addition to his achievements in the technology industry, Mr. Galuten is an award-winning record producer, songwriter, and arranger. In 1978 he won two Grammy awards, including Producer of the Year. His original compositions and orchestrations have won him a Dramalogue Award and two BMI Awards. During his music career, which spanned more than 20 years, Mr. Galuten worked with numerous multi-platinum artists, produced eighteen No. 1 singles, and generated sales of more than 100 million records.
Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of 12 books. She is also co-host of Left, Right & Center, public radio’s popular political roundtable program.
In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that has quickly become one of the most widely read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2006, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Ms. Huffington’s recent books include:
- Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe (2008)
- On Becoming Fearless....in Love, Work and Life (2007)
- Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America (2004)
- Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America (2004)
- How to Overthrow the Government (2000)
Ms. Huffington has made guest appearances on numerous television shows, including Charlie Rose, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, Real Time with Bill Maher, Inside Politics, Larry King Live, Hardball, Good Morning America, the Today show, Countdown and The O’Reilly Factor.
Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
Ms. Huffington lives in Los Angeles with her two teenage daughters.
Professor of Law and Author
Tim Wu is an author, policy advocate, and author of The Master Switch. He is a professor at Columbia Law School and the Chairman of media reform organization Free Press. Mr. Wu was recognized in 2006 as one of 50 leaders in science and technology by Scientific American magazine, and in 2007 he was listed as one of Harvard's 100 most influential graduates by 02138 magazine.
Mr. Wu's best known work is the development of Net Neutrality theory, but he has also written about copyright, international trade, and the study of law-breaking. He previously worked for Riverstone Networks in the telecommunications industry in Silicon Valley, and was a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner and Justice Stephen Breyer. He graduated from McGill University (B.Sc.), and Harvard Law School.
Mr. Wu is a regular contributor to Slate, writing on various topics including law, media, culture, travel, and cuisine. He has contributed to The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Forbes, is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Fellow of the New America Foundation.
Moderators & Panelists
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Bucher is currently the CEO of TastingRoom.com, a new online service allowing consumers to try-and-buy premium wines and other taste-driven, sensory products at home before buying. Prior to TastingRoom.com, he founded and served as CEO of ZING Systems, a company that developed software for a range of handheld wireless media devices for such companies as SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Sandisk. In 2007, ZING was bought by computer giant Dell, Inc. where Mr. Bucher served as the Vice President of Consumer Content Solutions and Entertainment Software until he left to found TastingRoom.com in 2009.
Before starting ZING Systems, Mr. Bucher served as Senior Vice President of Macintosh Engineering at Apple, overseeing the development of many iconic Macintosh products. Tim was also Founder and former Chairman of the Board at Mirra, Inc. (acquired by Seagate Technologies), a leading developer of digital content protection software and online services for the consumer and home office markets.
Mr. Bucher has also been Vice President of Consumer Products for Microsoft and served as Vice President of Engineering for WebTV Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1997. He was a lead architect with gaming systems pioneer The 3DO Company, an Engineering Director at NeXT Computer (acquired by Apple), and a Lead Engineer in the 1980s on several early-generation workstations at Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle).
Mr. Bucher received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1986 and also received his Masters in Computer Architecture from Stanford in 1988.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
As Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EMC Corporation, Paul T. Dacier is responsible for the worldwide legal affairs of EMC and its subsidiaries, he and oversees the company’s internal audit, real estate and facilities organizations as well as its government affairs department. With 2010 revenues of $17 billion and approximately 48,500 employees, EMC is the world’s leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information.
Mr. Dacier has served on the Council of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) since 2007. In 2008, he co-chaired the BBA’s Strategic Planning Committee and was named to its Executive Committee in 2010. In addition, he was elected Treasurer of the BBA for 2011. Mr. Dacier was also instrumental in establishing the Business Litigation Session in Suffolk County, Massachusetts in the 1990s; is a past Chair and remains on the Board of Directors of the New England Legal Foundation; and is a Trustee of the Social Law Library, the oldest law library in the United States.
Mr. Dacier has received numerous recognitions, including being named in 2010 as one of the most influential attorneys in the state by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly; receiving Massachusetts Appleseed’s Good Apple award in 2010; and being profiled in The National Law Journal and Inside Counsel magazine. His team of approximately 90 lawyers has also received wide acclaim for its dedication and service in their profession, including being named Corporate Secretary magazine’s 2009 Corporate Governance Team of the Year. He is a past president of the Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Dacier received a B.A. in History and a Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Adam R. Dolinko is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CSR plc, a leading provider of connectivity and location platforms, headquartered in Cambridge, England.
Mr. Dolinko had been a Corporate & Securities Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation in Palo Alto, California, advising technology companies on Mergers & Acquisitions, Public Offerings, & Corporate Governance.
Mr. Dolinko holds a BA with honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a JD with honors from the University of Southern California.
Covington & Burling, LLP
David Fagan’s practice at Covington & Burling, LLP covers national security law, international trade and investment, and global privacy and data security. Mr. Fagan has represented clients before federal and state government agencies and Congress in connection with a range of issues, including regulatory approvals of international investments, national security-related criminal investigations, high-profile congressional investigations, and federal and state regulatory and enforcement actions in the data security area.
In the privacy and data security area, Mr. Fagan counsels clients on assessing data security practices, developing and implementing information security programs, and complying with federal and state regulatory requirements, as well as on transactional matters involving the transfer of personal data. Mr. Fagan also has been counsel to companies in dozens of data security breach matters involving millions of affected consumers.
Mr. Fagan has written extensively on national security, foreign investment, data security, and cybersecurity matters, and is the author of the chapter on “The US Regulatory and Institutional Framework for FDI” in the book Investing in the United States: Is the US Ready for FDI from China?, a leading treatise on Chinese investment in the United States. Mr. Fagan also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching a seminar on “National Security Law and the Private Sector."
Mr. Fagan received his BSFS at Georgetown University, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1996 and graduated manga cum laude. In 2001, he received his JD from New York University School of Law.
Senior Vice President , General Counsel and Secretary
Matthew Fawcett serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for NetApp. Mr. Fawcett leads the worldwide legal team and is responsible for all legal affairs worldwide, including corporate governance and securities law compliance, intellectual property matters, contracts, and mergers and acquisitions.
Throughout his career, Mr. Fawcett has advised several leading technology companies on a variety of legal issues, including mergers and acquisitions, patent programs, litigation, and intellectual property. Before joining NetApp, he spent 11 years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of JDS Uniphase Corporation, where he built a worldwide legal organization, managed dozens of acquisitions and strategic transactions, and oversaw a patent program with thousands of issued and pending patents. Prior to working at JDS Uniphase, Matthew was Corporate Counsel at Fujitsu America, and before then he held positions at two large international law firms.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Laura Fennell is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Intuit, leading the company’s Legal, Corporate Affairs, Privacy, Information and Physical Security teams.
Before joining Intuit in April 2004, Ms. Fennell served as Sun Microsystems’ Vice President of Corporate Legal Resources and Acting General Counsel, directing the company’s legal staff of more than 250 people. During 11 years at Sun, she was also responsible for the company’s corporate and securities law compliance and the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Directors.
Previously, Ms. Fennell was an associate attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, where her practice included public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private financings, and public and private company representation.
Ms. Fennell earned her law degree from Santa Clara University and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Chico.
Amy Fliegelman Olli
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Amy Fliegelman Olli is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at CA Technologies. She is responsible for the company’s law department, including all legal activities relating to software licensing, intellectual property, litigation, and acquisitions. Ms. Olli also leads CA Technologies' business practices and compliance, corporate secretary and global security functions.
Prior to joining CA Technologies in 2006, Ms. Olli spent nearly 20 years in various legal positions at IBM. In her last post, she was Vice President and General Counsel at IBM Americas, and Co-Global Coordinator, sales and distribution, overseeing a team of more than 200 lawyers on a global basis.
Since 2008, Ms. Olli has served as a member of the Board of Governors for Touro Law Center, a division of Touro College in New York. In 2010, she received the Legends in the Law Award by the Burton Foundation for her exceptional accomplishments as a legal adviser to top technology companies.
Ms. Olli received a BA degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego and a JD from Western New England School of Law.
President and CEO
Center for Democracy and Technology
Leslie Harris is the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a nonprofit advocacy organization committed to keeping the Internet open, innovative and free, www.cdt.org. Ms. Harris is responsible for the overall vision and strategy for the organization and serves as its chief spokesperson.
Since joining CDT in 2005, Ms. Harris has led an effort to significantly expand its reach and influence. Under her leadership, CDT has launched a West Coast office, created an influential Health Privacy Project, and significantly increased the organization’s global activities.
Ms. Harris is an internationally recognized expert on Internet privacy and civil liberties. On behalf of CDT, Ms. Harris frequently testifies before Congress and executive-branch agencies and is a regular contributor to several online publications and blogs, including The Huffington Post and the ABC News program Ahead of the Curve. In 2009, Washingtonian magazine named her one of Washington’s 100 Tech Titans and recently, she was selected as one of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” for 2010. Prior to joining CDT, Ms. Harris was the founder and President of Leslie Harris & Associates, a senior-level policy and strategic services consultancy focused exclusively on the promise of the Internet and new technologies.
Ms. Harris received her law degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and her BA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
US Department of Commerce
As the General Counsel of the Department of Commerce, Cameron Kerry is the Principal Legal Advisor to Secretary Locke and third ranking secretarial officer. President Obama nominated him on April 20, 2009 and he was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 21, 2009.
Mr. Kerry serves as Chief Legal Officer of the Department and oversees the work of more than 325 lawyers in 14 offices who provide legal advice to all components of the Department. He is the Department’s Chief Ethics Officer and serves as Chair of the Department of Commerce Privacy Council.
During his tenure as General Counsel, Mr. Kerry has been engaged in a wide range of issues including patent reform and intellectual property issues, privacy and security, and efforts against transnational bribery.
Previously, Mr. Kerry was a partner in the Boston office of Mintz Levin. In more than 30 years of practice, he has been a communications lawyer and litigator in a range of complex, developing areas such as telecommunications, environmental law, toxic torts, privacy, and insurance regulation.
Kerry received his BA cum laude from Harvard College and his JD magna cum laude from Boston College Law School where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review.
Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer
Karen King is a Managing Director and the Chief Legal Officer of Silver Lake, the leader in large-scale and middle-market private investment in the technology industry, with over $14 billion in assets under management. Silver Lake has invested in a number of technology leaders, including Skype, Seagate, SunGard, Avago, Ameritrade, Power One, Spansion, Locaweb, Allyes, and Vantage Data Centers.
Based in Menlo Park, Ms. King oversees a team of lawyers in New York, Menlo Park, San Francisco, and overseas. Previously, she was a corporate attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, spending time in each of its New York, London, and Palo Alto offices.
Ms. King joined Silver Lake in 2004. She graduated from Duke University, where she majored in public policy, and received her law degree from Harvard Law School.
General Counsel and Vice President, Business Development
Eleanor Lacey has served as Corel's General Counsel and Vice President for Business Development since August 2009.
Prior to joining Corel, Ms. Lacey served as Vice President of Corporate Development at SupportSoft, Inc., where she was responsible for mergers and acquisitions and managed the partner channel for the company's direct consumer business.
Before joining SupportSoft, Ms. Lacey was Vice President and General Counsel at Niku Corporation. After Niku was acquired by Computer Associates, Inc., she was responsible for business development in their Business Services Optimization division. Previously, Ms. Lacey was a Corporate Counsel at Autodesk, Inc., a design software company, where she served as its APAC liaison, focusing on anti-piracy efforts in the APAC region. Before starting her in-house career, Ms. Lacey was a commercial litigator in San Francisco specializing in intellectual property and employment law.
Ms. Lacey received her JD from Yale Law School and her BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Professor of Law
Doug Lichtman is a tenured professor of law at UCLA. He joined the faculty in 2007, having previously spent 10 years teaching and writing at the University of Chicago. Mr. Lichtman’s areas of specialty are patent and copyright law, though he also covers a variety of more general legal issues pertaining to technology firms and the Internet.
Mr. Lichtman’s academic work has been featured in journals including the Journal of Law & Economics, Yale Law Journal, and Harvard Business Review. He also writes for mainstream publications like the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.
In addition to his academic pursuits, Mr. Lichtman maintains an active consulting practice, advising Fortune 100 clients on patent and copyright strategy. He also hosts a popular monthly audio news magazine at www.ipcolloquium.com. Mr. Lichtman is a Senior Consultant with the economic consultancy Compass Lexecon.
From 2008 through 2010, he served as the first Scholar in Residence at the Los Angeles office of Loeb & Loeb.
Mr. Lichtman has undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University, and a JD from Yale Law School.
Partner Intellectual Property and Litigation
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Jeffrey E. Ostrow is a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Intellectual Property and Litigation Departments.
Mr. Ostrow’s practice is focused on servicing the intellectual property needs of companies both in and outside of Silicon Valley, including advising clients on complex licensing issues and all intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisition as well as capital markets transactions. Representations have included Intel, Cisco Systems, Inc., Google, HP, Elpida, Seagate, VMWare, CSR/SiRF Technologies, Honeywell, NEC, Accenture, Texas Pacific Group, Silver Lake Partners, Hellman & Friedman, Elevation Partners, Clorox, and UMC Corp.
Mr. Ostrow was named one of California’s Top 100 Leading Lawyers by the Daily Journal in 2009. He was elected to membership in the Firm in 2000. He received his AB from the University of Chicago in 1987 and his JD from the New York University School of Law in 1990.
Cloud Security Alliance
For many years, Jim Reavis, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Cloud Security Alliance, has worked in the information security industry as an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, technologist, and business strategist.
Mr. Reavis is also the President of Reavis Consulting Group, LLC, where he advises security companies, large enterprises, and other organizations on the implications of new trends such as Cloud and how to take advantage of them. He occasionally blogs at Risk Bloggers.
Previously, Mr. Reavis has been an international board member of the ISSA, a global not-for-profit association of information security professionals and formerly served as the association's Executive Director. He was a Co-Founder of the Alliance for Enterprise Security Risk Management, a partnership between the ISSA, ISACA and ASIS, formed to address the enterprise risk issues associated with the convergence of logical and traditional security. Mr. Reavis currently serves in an advisory capacity for many of the industry's most successful companies, and is also a partner with the MetroSITE Group.
Mr. Reavis received a BA in Business Administration and Computer Science from Western Washington University in 1987 and serves on their alumni board.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
David Schellhase is Executive Vice President, Legal of Salesforce.com, Inc., where he leads the legal, internal audit and public policy teams. He’s been with Salesforce.com since 2002 when he joined as its General Counsel. Mr. Schellhase is the author of The Corporate Law Department Handbook and has practiced law in the technology industry for twenty years. He has served as general counsel of three other companies: The Vantive Corporation; Linuxcare, Inc.; and Premenos Technology Corp. He was also a member of the law department at Oracle Corporation and began his legal career in 1990 as a corporate and securities lawyer with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.
Mr. Schellhase received his JD at Cornell Law School and has a BA in European history from Columbia University.
Chief Technology Officer
BITS/FSTC, a division of The Financial Services Roundtable
Daniel Schutzer joined BITS/FSTC as Chief Technology Officer in January 2010. As CTO, Mr. Schutzer provides guidance to the financial services industry on developing technologies and their impact on electronic commerce, risk management and operational solutions. Prior to his role at the Roundtable, Mr. Schutzer served as President of the Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) from 2005 until the Roundtable acquired FSTC in January 2010.
Mr. Schutzer spent more than 20 years at Citigroup in risk management, advanced technology, payments and security roles, most recently as a Director and Senior Vice President. He also worked as Technical Director of U.S. Naval Intelligence and as Director of Systems and Technical Sales Support for the Univac division of Sperry Rand, New York Metropolitan Region. Mr. Schutzer currently serves as co-chair of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council’s R&D Committee and is a Fellow and Advisory Board member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He has been published in over 65 publications and has authored 7 books.
Mr. Schutzer is a graduate of City College of New York and received a Master of Science of Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from Syracuse University.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Bruce Sewell is Apple’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, reporting to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He serves on the company’s executive team and oversees all legal matters, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance, and government affairs.
Mr. Sewell joined Apple from Intel Corporation in September 2009. At Intel, he was responsible for leading all of Intel’s legal, corporate affairs and corporate social responsibility programs, managing attorneys and policy professionals located in over 30 countries around the world. He joined Intel in 1995 as a senior attorney assigned to counsel various business groups in areas such as antitrust compliance, licensing and intellectual property. In 2001, Mr. Sewell was promoted to Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, managing Intel’s litigation portfolio and handling corporate transactions, including M&A activities.
Prior to joining Intel, Mr. Sewell was a partner in the litigation firm of Brown & Bain P.C. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1986 and to the Washington D.C. Bar in 1987. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Sewell received his JD from George Washington University in 1986, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Lancaster, in the United Kingdom, in 1979.
Senior Vice President
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Brad Smith is Microsoft's General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company's Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has just over 1,000 employees and is responsible for the company's legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, 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, Mr. Smith has overseen numerous negotiations leading to competition law and intellectual property agreements with governments and with companies across the IT sector. He 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.
Before joining Microsoft in 1993, Mr. Smith was a partner at Covington & Burling, working in the firm's Washington, D.C., and London offices. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and received his law degree at the Columbia University School of Law. He also studied international law and economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Latham & Watkins, LLP
Bob Steinberg is a partner resident in both the Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices of Latham & Watkins and has been a member of the Litigation Department for the past 8 years. He is also the firm's Global Chair of the Intellectual Property practice group and Global Co-Chair of the firm’s semiconductor practice.
Mr. Steinberg’s practice focuses primarily on disputes involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and DMCA matters. Mr. Steinberg has represented entities such as Adobe, AMD, The Ansel Adams Trust, Broadcom, Chevron, Disney, FTI Consulting, Inc., Sony, Symantec and Yahoo!. He is also a registered patent attorney.
Mr. Steinberg attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving his BS in Economics from The Wharton School, as well as his BSE in Systems Science Engineering from The Moore School. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
As Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Trend Micro’s global legal department, Felix Sterling leads a team with legal oversight responsibility for corporate governance, compliance, product development, channels, sales, human resources, business operations, and all other legal matters for Trend Micro and its global subsidiaries. Mr. Sterling also enjoys working on strategic and operational challenges, and leads various cross-functional initiatives to optimize business processes and support the software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model.
Prior to joining Trend Micro, Mr. Sterling was a Vice President and Associate General Counsel at VeriSign. He had previously been a member of the Yahoo! legal team, after starting his legal career in the litigation and technology-transaction groups of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, a premier technology law firm. Before law school, he studied cognitive science and human factors engineering in graduate school and worked in the Flight Human Factors Division at the NASA-Ames Research Center.
Mr. Sterling holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Davis, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the King Hall Advocate and the Western U.S. A.B.A. moot court champion. He also holds a bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Co-Executive Editor, All Things Digital
The Wall Street Journal
Kara Swisher currently co-produces and co-hosts D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech conference with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and many other leading players in the tech and media industries with Walt Mossberg. The gathering is considered one of the leading conferences focused on the convergence of tech and media industries.
Ms. Swisher started covering digital issues for The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, BoomTown, originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and on WSJ.com.
Previously, Ms. Swisher covered breaking news about the Web's major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home gadget issues called Home Economics.
Before coming to The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post. She is also the author of "Aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web," published by Times Business Books in July 1998. The sequel, "There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future," was published in the fall of 2003 by Crown Business Books.
She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
As General Counsel, Kent Walker is responsible for managing Google's global legal team and advising the company's board and management on legal issues and corporate governance matters.
Before joining Google, Mr. Walker held senior legal positions at a number of leading technology companies. Most recently, he served as Deputy General Counsel of eBay Inc., where he managed corporate legal affairs, litigation, and legal operations. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Liberate Technologies, a leading provider of interactive services software founded by Oracle and Netscape Communications. Mr. Walker also served as Associate General Counsel for Netscape and America Online and Senior Counsel for AirTouch Communications, which was later acquired by Vodaphone.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Walker was an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, where he specialized in the prosecution of technology crimes and advised the Attorney General on management and technology issues.
Mr. Walker has served on the boards of a number of technology industry trade associations and is on the steering committee of the annual Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School.
Hogan Lovells US, LLP
Christopher Wolf is the Director of the Privacy and Information Management practice group at Hogan Lovells. Mr. Wolf is widely recognized as one of the leading American practitioners in the field of privacy and data security law and has deep experience in the entire range of international, federal, and state privacy and data security laws, including financial and health information privacy laws, as well as the many sectoral and geographic regulations.
The prestigious Practising Law Institute (PLI) tapped Mr. Wolf to serve as editor and lead author of its first-ever treatise on privacy and data security, and he also serves as co-editor of its guide to the FACTA Red Flags identity theft regulations. Mr. Wolf recently was heralded for his "lifelong experience as a litigator" by Chambers USA, which ranked him as one of the nation's top privacy lawyers. He also was asked to form and co-chair The Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank that focuses on modern privacy issues and which collaborates with industry, government, academia, and privacy advocates.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Mr. Wolf was a partner in a large, international law firm.
Mr. Wolf is a fourth-generation Washingtonian who started his career in Washington, DC, as law clerk to The Honorable Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr., of the US District Court for the District of Columbia. While in law school, he was a member of the Washington & Lee Law Review.