HILLARY B. SMITH
Trusted Director and Experienced Tech Executive
Hillary is a five-time general counsel for public and private technology companies in both New York and San Francisco, including Square, Zenefits, SuccessFactors, Right Media and DoubleClick. She has navigated complex legal and regulatory environments at the local, state and federal levels for two decades. Now she’s making her unique expertise available by serving on boards and as a consultant to other C Suite Executives, particularly GCs, CCOs. COOs and DPOs at technology companies. She also helps early stage co-founders and CEOs evaluate and retain the best experts to guide and advise them as they develop their C Suite.
Her extensive experience in fundraising and financing, M&A, data protection, corporate governance, regulatory, securities, litigation, employment and compliance is unparalleled in the industry. She has built and led not only legal teams but also global compliance, trust & safety, data governance and government relations teams.
She is the recipient of multiple awards and honors recognizing her leadership in business and tech law. She received The Recorder’s 2017 Women Leaders in Tech Law award, a prestigious honor recognizing her leadership in Square’s offering of convertible notes, resulting in almost $390 million in net proceeds to the company. In 2012, Hillary was honored as one of the San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Business. She was also honored in 2004 by the New York County Lawyers’ Association as one of the Outstanding Women of the Bar.
Hillary has served as a member of the Federal Bar Council Inns of Court Project as well as Women in Digital Media in New York. Hillary obtained her J.D. from Cornell Law School magna cum laude where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif honor society. A native Montanan, Hillary graduated from Montana State University.
She is now serving on boards or guiding startup executives on how to be strong, decisive leaders, she enjoys hiking, yoga and seeking adventures around the globe.