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Julie Brill

Washington, D.C.

Julie Brill

Julie Brill is at the forefront of data protection, privacy, and cybersecurity law. As partner and co-leader of the Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group of Hogan Lovells, Julie's keen intelligence and reservoir of knowledge helps clients navigate complex rules around data security. 

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Julie was appointed to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by President Obama and unanimously confirmed as a commissioner in 2010. Julie established herself as a champion of the consumer's right to transparency, notification, and privacy, and emerged "as the Commission’s most important voice on Internet privacy and data security issues," "one of the top minds in online privacy," and one of the top government players "leading the data privacy debate."

While serving as Commissioner of the FTC, Julie became one of the key U.S. regulators on advertising law, including ad tech, native advertising, and other cutting-edge ad issues. Julie has also been recognized as one of the nation's top antitrust officials, particularly in the area of healthcare and hi-tech. After her trailblazing decision in ProMedica was upheld by the Sixth Circuit, Julie was named one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.

Julie has long been at the forefront of emerging regulatory issues. Prior to serving as FTC Commissioner, she was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Julie has also been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University's School of Law. Before serving as Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust in North Carolina, Julie served as an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years.

Julie's contributions to the privacy, advertising and competition arenas have been widely recognized nationally. The National Law Journal named her a 2016 Trailblazer in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy. She was also named the 2014 Privacy Leader of the Year by the IAPP, one of eight "Government Stars" among "2015 Attorneys Who Matter," and a Politic365 "Game Changer" for leaving an "indelible mark" on her field. She received the New York University School of Law Alumna of the Year Award from New York University School of Law. In addition, she was recently elected to the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

Since transitioning from public service to private practice in March 2016, Julie has continued to blaze trails, using her voice, knowledge, and forward-thinking ideas to help companies around the globe navigate the complex rules surrounding the use of data. In addition to her leadership role at Hogan Lovells, she is a frequent speaker and author on emerging privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Julie graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, and from New York University School of Law, where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.

"I have great admiration for Julie['s] charm, knowledge and perseverance."

Jacob Kohnstamm, President of the Dutch Data Protection Authority and former chair of the Art 29 WP

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Root-Tilden Scholarship for commitment to public service, New York University School of Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Princeton University


  • Board of Directors, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Board member, National Academy of Sciences Intelligence Community Studies
  • Board member, Palantir Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight
  • Executive Committee, International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissions (2011–2015)
  • Board member, Privacy Bridges

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Vermont

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide)

Chambers USA


Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Cyber Law (Including Data Protection and Privacy), Next Generation

Legal 500 US


2016 Trailblazer in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

The National Law Journal


100 Most Influential in Business Ethics Jan 2016



Government Stars

Ethisphere, Attorneys Who Matter


Top 50 Influencers on Big Data



School of Law Alumna of the Year

New York University


50 of the Most Powerful People in Healthcare

Becker's Hospital Review


Privacy Leader of the Year

International Association of Privacy Professionals


Game Changers


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