Hillary Brill

Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Office: Room Y244
Phone: 202-274-4165
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Hillary Brill is the Practitioner-in-Residence at the Washington College of Law's Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic. Professor Brill brings over 20 years of technology and communication experience including legislative, legal, media, and grassroots experience to her role at WCL. She has extensive knowledge of how a practitioner uses legal skills to successfully pursue policy, legislative, and legal goals. Her varied background includes broadcast journalism stints at CNN, Meet the Press, ABC News Paris Bureau, and as a stringer for AP before going to law school to pursue a career in technology law and policy. As an attorney at Covington & Burling during the beginning of the dot.com era, Brill helped draft one of the first primer’s on Internet Policy Issues and worked on software licensing, SPAM, intellectual property, privacy, and cybsersecurity issues for clients including Microsoft, broadcast stations, and the Smithsonian Museum. Pursuing her desire to "practice policy," she went to Capitol Hill to work for Congressman Rick Boucher, a key Internet Legislator, as his legislative counsel. While there, she assisted him on communication and technology issues before the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Internet and the Courts. Key issues included privacy, cybersecurity, telecommunications, intellectual property issues and general technology policy. Brill was recruited to help run eBay and Paypal's government relations and policy affairs. While there for almost ten years, Hillary worked in several roles including Legislative Counsel, Senior Global Policy Counsel, and Head of Government Relations for eBay and Paypal. Working along side her industry colleagues from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter and others, Hillary worked on key internet issues including net neutrality, first sale issues, sales tax, privacy and cybersecurity. After eBay, Brill founded HTB Strategies, where she assists Fortune 500 Internet companies and technology businesses with their internal policy making priorities and their legislative and legal issues.

Professor Brill has taught technology policy and law at Georgetown University and provided workshops to law firms and associations. Hillary has an AB in Government from Harvard University and a JD from Georgetown University.

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • A.B., Harvard University