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Jonathan Palmer

Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation


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Jon serves as Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation. He sits on the Senior Leadership Team of Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) Department and leads Microsoft’s Litigation, eDiscovery, and Corporate Records Management teams. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jon was a litigation partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and before that, at Heller Ehrman LLP. From 2005 through 2008 he was based in Asia, where he was managing partner for Heller Ehrman’s offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai. Jon has dispute resolution experience across a variety of substantive areas, including antitrust, privacy/cybersecurity, corporate governance/securities, IP/trade secrets, government procurement, employment, environmental, and commercial disputes. Cross-border disputes have been a major feature of Jon’s legal practice from its inception. He has an active pro bono practice—particularly on immigration / political asylum issues. He is also a passionate advocate for legal reform—particularly civil justice reform. He sits on the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Civil Justice and the Technology Litigation Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and he participates actively on legal and policy advocacy through the Institute for Legal Reform, the eDiscovery Institute, the Sedona Conference, the Civil Justice Reform Group, and other key organizations providing thought leadership on these issues. Jon received his BA from Stanford University in 1988, and his JD from University of California, Berkeley, in 1993.