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Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson

Microsoft Corporation
Assistant General Counsel
New York, NY, USA

Bruce Jackson is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft where he currently supports the East region and Financial Services sector on all licensing and services, including Cloud, agreements.  In this role, he leads the engagement of a $4 billion business.  Bruce is a passionate proponent for Diversity and Inclusion.  Mr. Jackson has spoken about the general necessity, corporate responsibility and economic advantages of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Jackson began his career at Microsoft in 2000 as corporate counsel for the Digital Media Division. Determined to play a pioneering role in digital media, Jackson accepted Microsoft’s offer to work for the top technology company while supporting and learning from a regulatory and technical development standpoint. He was one of the first attorneys coming out of the music industry where music was being distributed in a physical format to work with a company that supported a different form of distribution that no one envisioned.

He brought a broad and unique skill set to the division as an established Entertainment attorney. Equipped with a  B.B.A. in Public Accounting from Hofstra University, a JD and LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center; Bruce Jackson founded the law firm of Jackson, Brown, Powell and St. George.  The firm concentrated its areas of practice in highly specialized Entertainment law.

Prior to the firm’s launching, Bruce enjoyed a two year tenure at Baruch College as a professor teaching tax courses while simultaneously working as an Entertainment attorney for Minter and Gay law firm. 

Bruce has been a member of Microsoft’s Law and Corporate Affairs (LCA) diversity committee since 2001. He is a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Individual Mentoring Program for the New York City area.  He has been recognized for helping to shape Microsoft’s legal department’s diversity efforts, including organizing and executing the first LCA Women and Minority Law student IP Summit in New York.

In 2010, He was involved with getting Elevate America launched in New York making 71,000 vouchers available to people statewide with the technology training needed to succeed in the 21st-century economy.  He participates in the Annual Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day which exposes students to high school internships, college scholarship opportunities and further develops the recruitment pipeline with diverse talent.

Bruce’s personal commitment to diversity, inclusion, community and youth is demonstrated through his numerous civic activities.  He is a current board member of the National Association for Women and Minority Owned Law Firms and the African American Chamber of Commerce for Westchester and Rockland County.  He’s also a board member of the Henry Street Settlement where he serves on the Youth/Workforce Committee.  In 2010, Bruce was appointed by Governor Patterson to New York State’s Advisory Council on Interactive Media and Youth Violence.

Bruce Jackson is a 2011 recipient of both Microsoft’s Diversity Award and for his ongoing commitment, accomplishments and sustained high level of contributions across a broad range of organizations and activities.


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