FORA.tv Speaker - William H. Neukom
William H. Neukom, a partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates, is president of the American Bar Association. His one-year term began in August 2007 at the adjournment of the associationâ€™s Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Neukom was Microsoft Corp.â€™s chief lawyer for nearly a quarter-century. As executive vice president of Law and Corporate Affairs, Neukom managed Microsoftâ€™s legal, government affairs and philanthropic activities for 17 years. Previously, he was the firmâ€™s lead counsel while working as a partner at Preston, Gates & Ellis. Neukom rejoined Preston Gates in 2002.
As Microsoftâ€™s lead counsel, Neukom led the company's efforts to establish, distribute and protect intellectual property rights around the world. He was instrumental in securing the landmark legal victory in Apple Computer v. Microsoft Corporation, a copyright case which spanned 1988 â€“ 1995. Neukom also led Microsoft's defense of antitrust claims brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Justice and the European Union, which culminated in consent decrees in 1994 and 2001.
Under Neukomâ€™s direction, Microsoft's community affairs program initiated a number of key corporate giving strategies, including the Microsoft Giving Campaign, the Microsoft Matching Gifts program, the Microsoft Volunteer Program, and several national scale projects, including Libraries on Line.
Before joining Microsoft, Neukom was a partner of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, where he had a general practice with emphasis on litigation, commercial law and nonprofit organizations.
08.14.07 | 01:00:04 min
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