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CAROL Marian Anderson is a senior corporate counsel at Microsoft on the U.S. Government Affairs National Security and Global Trade team. She is based at the company headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and focuses her practice on managing critical supply chain and customs policy and compliance strategies company wide. Anderson launched her career at the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle, where she tried over 100 criminal and jury trials. She transitioned to corporate practice, joining AT&T (then Pacific Bell Telephone Company) in San Francisco. Anderson’s 22-year career with AT&T took her to Washington, D.C., where she played a critical role securing global competition and regulatory approvals for significant company mergers, led the implementation of sweeping regulatory requirements across the enterprise business portfolio, and represented AT&T in global policy discussions, including participating in panels at the Internet Governance Forum and on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. She also directed domestic and global regulatory policy, trade, and compliance strategies and managed social justice and racial equity policy engagement nationwide. After relocating to Seattle, Anderson retired from AT&T and joined Microsoft in 2021. Throughout her career, Anderson has promoted diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession and pro bono efforts in her community. She was elected to the board of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) in 2021. She also serves as co-chair of NAWL’s Advocacy Committee and was awarded with the organization’s Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award in 2020. Anderson earned a BA in history from the University of California at Berkeley, and a JD from Hastings College of Law. Married with two sons, one of whom was a visiting student at Trinity College Dublin for a term in 2018, Anderson became a dual U.S.-Irish citizen in 2017. Her maternal grandmother was born in Co. Cavan in 1909. Other ancestry dates back to Cavan from the 1700s. Her brother, Allan E. Anderson, has been a member of the Irish Legal 100 since 2017.