Hemanshu Nigam

Corporate Attorney
Criminal Compliance, Security & Law Enforcement Affairs
Microsoft Corporation

Hemanshu Nigam joined Law and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation in July 2002 to be responsible for Criminal Compliance, Security, and Law Enforcement Affairs.

In this capacity he has legal oversight over all criminal compliance with law enforcement requests for information pertaining to criminal activities nationally and internationally. He has been chartered with maintaining and building strong working relationships with the law enforcement community so that online crimes may be properly investigated and prosecuted. Towards that end, he works closely with the law enforcement community to develop joint training initiatives in the Internet investigations arena. Nigam also advises Microsoft's legislative staff on criminal statutes and amendments proposed on the Hill that could affect Microsoft's products and services. Mr. Nigam also has legal oversight over all investigations conducted by Microsoft's security groups that could lead to criminal referrals to the government, such as malicious attacks on its online services. He advises Corporate Security, MSN, Hotmail, and Internal Audit on all investigations. He is the primary contact for criminal referrals made to the government. Finally, Mr. Nigam conducts internal and external training in the areas of criminal compliance and security.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Nigam was the Vice President and Director of Worldwide Internet Enforcement at the Motion Picture Association (MPA, the worldwide arm of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)).

In this capacity he was responsible for the creation and implementation of the MPA's enforcement strategy against online motion picture piracy on a worldwide basis. MPA has anti-piracy offices in 70 countries. Mr. Nigam was responsible for the development of MPA's automated search engine to find and respond to online piracy in all parts of the Internet. He also defined worldwide investigative protocols for MPA's regional offices to coordinate Internet investigations. Mr. Nigam was also charged with building strong working relationships with the law enforcement and ISP community worldwide. He trained worldwide in online motion picture piracy enforcement.

Prior to joining the MPA/MPAA, Mr. Nigam was a trial attorney in the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. from April 1997 to August 2000. While there, he prosecuted and trained nationally and internationally in online child pornography investigations and prosecution in the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. He also worked in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section training in the area of computer intrusion prosecution.

Mr. Nigam was a Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office from August 1990 to April 1997. While there he prosecuted various crimes including murder, child murder, rape, child molestation, and armed robbery.

Mr. Nigam graduated with a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law in 1990, and with a B.A. in political theory from Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1987.

He is a member of the California and Washington State bars.

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