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Sam Pailca

Microsoft Corporation
Senior Attorney, Office of Legal Compliance, Investigations, Office of the General Counsel
Redmond, WA, USA

In her current role as Assistant General Counsel and Senior Director of the Office of Legal Compliance, Investigations for Microsoft Corporation, Ms. Pailca manages the global business conduct compliance investigation program. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007, she served two three-year terms as the Director of the Office of Professional Accountability for the City of Seattle, an appointed role overseeing internal investigations of the Seattle Police Department. Before that, Ms. Pailca was a Senior Deputy Prosecutor in the Office of the King County Prosecuting Attorney leading the Labor and Employment Division, where she advised and defended three branches of county government.

Ms. Pailca has over 20 years of hands-on experience advising, creating and directing internal investigations programs in both large government agencies and a multi-national corporation.

She has written, consulted and lectured extensively on:

•           Internal investigation program design and management

•           Conducting internal and administrative investigations

•           Police accountability program design and function

•           Effective corporate compliance program design and management

•           How to learn from investigations data

•           Feedback loops: Detection + Remediation = Prevention

•           Building a culture of accountability

Ms. Pailca received her law degree from the University of Washington in 1989, cum laude, and a B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy in 1986 from Washington State University, Phi Beta Kappa.

She also serves as Chair, King County Civil Service Commission Board, and Commissioner, Public Safety Civil Service Commission, City of Seattle. Sam is on the Board of Trustees, Seattle Children’s Theatre and is a past Board Member, NACOLE (National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement).


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