A conversation with Julie Brill is like chatting with a well-informed, straight-talking neighbor who just happens to be a renowned global leader in data security law. She has been named "one of the top minds in online privacy" and a "key player in U.S. and global regulations." Colleagues extol her "charm, knowledge, and perseverance." Julie is an endless fount of forward-thinking ideas to empower those fortunate enough to fall under her representation. While a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Julie was "widely seen as the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues." She brings her voice and knowledge to the clients of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice, of which she is a partner and co-leader. Julie is plugged into data, device and systems vulnerability and is focused on emerging data security issues. Her deep understanding of big data helps companies navigate the complex rules around the use of data. Companies benefit from her keen intelligence and reservoir of knowledge about consumer privacy protection, financial fraud prevention, and maintaining competition in the healthcare and high-tech industries.
While at the FTC, she became one of the key U.S. regulators on advertising law, including ad tech, native advertising, and other cutting-edge ad issues. Julie’s role as one of the nation's top antitrust officials makes her a natural fit to assist in leading our Antitrust practice. Prior to serving as FTC Commissioner, Julie was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. For more than 20 years she served as an assistant attorney general for consumer protection and antitrust for the state of Vermont. There she led many multi-state investigations, anchored the state's' Privacy Working Group, and testified before Congress at hearings related to consumer protection and financial data privacy. She taught at Columbia Law School. She also was an associate at a New York-based law firm.