Microsoft corporate secretary joins Orrick

Apr 09, 2019
Carolyn Frantz joined Microsoft in 2016 as associate general counsel for litigation

Carolyn Frantz, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, has left the tech company to join law firm Orrick.

Frantz moved to Microsoft in 2016 as associate general counsel for litigation. In that role she was charged with handling global tax litigation, patent licensing litigation and international consumer litigation. According to Orrick, she most recently led Microsoft’s corporate legal group, which gave her oversight of legal work involving securities, compensation and benefits, real estate, procurement, treasury, accounting and finance, internal audit and other functions.

‘Orrick is gaining an incredible lawyer and wonderful colleague. We’ll certainly miss Carolyn’s leadership and expertise, but we couldn’t be more excited to see what she’ll accomplish in the next phase of her career,’ Dev Stahlkopf, corporate vice president and general counsel, says in a statement. Stahlkopf is assuming the role of corporate secretary in addition to her previous responsibilities.

At her new firm, Frantz is senior counsel in Orrick’s US Supreme Court and appellate practice. She is based in Seattle.

Before coming on board at Microsoft, Frantz practiced for a decade with litigation boutique Bartlit Beck. Among other experiences, she clerked for US Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor and judge David Tatel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

‘It has been an absolute honor and an extraordinary professional experience to play a leadership role on the Microsoft team,’ Frantz says in a statement. ‘That team is working on the most cutting-edge legal issues, supporting customers in their digital transformations in a changing regulatory environment. I will greatly miss collaborating with my friends and colleagues there.’

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