Legal Counsel, Digital Crimes Unit Americas

Last updated 26 days ago
Location:Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Job Type:Full Time

Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opening for an experienced attorney to lead the development and execution of its global cybercrime strategies in Latin America and North America.

The position will be based in Fort Lauderdale-USA, as part of the Digital Crime Unit (DCU) in the Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) department. The DCU is a worldwide team of attorneys, investigators, technical analysts and other specialists working to transform the fight against digital crime through partnerships and legal and technical breakthroughs geared towards helping to eliminate cyber threats to Microsoft’s businesses and customers, and the broader digital ecosystem.

The role will focus on the development and implementation of our DCU strategies in the Americas Region including:

  • Disrupt and deter cybercrime through civil actions and criminal referrals;
  • Partner internally and externally on technical countermeasures that protect customers; and
  • Partner internally and externally to educate customers and partners and increase cybercrime awareness


  • Deploy DCU to respond to criminal attacks on our cloud and cloud customers; collaborate with DCU Central team to disrupt business email compromise (BEC) criminal infrastructure and develop BEC cases
  • Develop trusted relationships with strategic international and national law enforcement agencies to support cybercrime enforcement, including the delivery of capacity building
  • Collaborate with different internal teams at Microsoft in disrupting malware-facilitated cybercrime; partner with CERTs, ISPs, and law enforcement to support efforts to notify and clean victim devices​
  • Develop field investigative and enforcement capability and law enforcement relationships, to address the growing trend of tech fraud and the future efforts by the DCU to protect vulnerable populations
  • Represent Microsoft in relevant external forums on cybersecurity
  • Collaborate with other colleagues to deliver the trusted cloud narrative to strengthen Microsoft as a globally trusted provider of technology and help our customers succeed through digital transformation
  • Support Software Asset Management (SAM) & Compliance and the Americas Licensing Contract & Compliance team with strategic compliance escalations
  • Budget management


  • Education: JD or advanced law degree (LLM or equivalent) with a focus on criminal law, cybercrime and cybersecurity, computer law, and/or intellectual property/copyright law
  • 8 to 10 years professional experience as an attorney (prosecution offices, corporate legal departments, law firms, judiciary)
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Spanish, Portuguese a plus
  • Experience with cybercrime, cybersecurity and privacy, financial fraud investigations, including internet-related legal issues for e-commerce fraud
  • Experience in technology and specifically in how technology can be used to facilitate criminal activity through phishing, malware distribution, botnet and other command and control infrastructure
  • Experience in handling and supervising criminal & civil investigations, litigation matters and the negotiation of settlements and in working with law enforcement and investigators
  • Experience with IP/copyright law, IP licensing, commercial transactions and commercial fraud a plus
  • Business-oriented, with solid communication skills (both written and oral), comfortable working as part of an international team, a proven record as a leader and great team player, with a flexible, open, collaborative and results-oriented attitude
  • Eager to interact with diverse group of Microsoft personnel – especially business teams and executives -- as well as various vendors (law firms, investigators, forensic specialists) working on behalf of Microsoft, and broad array of public sector officials in Latin America and North America and around the world (prosecutors, police officials, other civil servants, government leaders)
  • The successful candidate will lead and be accountable for a team of experts, including investigators, attorneys, intelligence analysts and paralegals, based in multiple countries in Latin America and North America. Management experience and a strong record of team leadership are important criteria for the position

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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