Lani is a member of Microsoft’s EU Government Affairs team in Brussels where she leads Microsoft’s engagement on internet jurisdiction and cross border issues. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Cross Border Data Forum, an organization of industry and academics organized to produce relevant scholarship and public dialogue on international data transfer policy issues.
Prior to moving to Brussels in April 2016, she was a Senior Attorney in Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs department focusing on privacy and competition.
From 2014-15, Lani split her time between Microsoft and the Data & Society Research Institute, where she was an inaugural fellow focusing on questions such as how the allocation of capital is shaping the Internet; whether consumers will pay for privacy; and how data sets are valued by the market or by other means.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Lani worked as a reporter, investigator and litigator. Lani’s law practice included white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and plaintiffs’ litigation. While attending law school at night, Lani managed investigations and due diligence matters for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Control Risks Group on behalf of clients ranging from the World Bank and national governments to whistleblower incidents and post-911 security threats. She also worked for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations as an investigator examining the role of financial institutions in the collapse of Enron. Lani began her career as a Washington correspondent for The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest daily newspaper. She covered the Clinton White House, Congress, national security issues and technology. Her articles appeared in the English version of the paper, the Daily Yomiuri.
Lani earned a B.S. in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and her J.D. from George Washington University Law School where she served on the George Washington Law Review and published a law review article on long-arm jurisdiction post-9/11.