Mike Hintze is a partner at Hintze Law, specializing in privacy law, policy, and strategy. Mike was previously Chief Privacy Counsel at Microsoft, where, for over 18 years, he advised on a number of regulatory and public policy issues, focused on privacy and data protection worldwide. He also teaches privacy law at the University of Washington School of Law. Mike is a regular speaker and writer on data privacy issues.
He is an Adviser on the ALI’s Principles of the Law, Data Privacy project.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Mike was an associate with Steptoe & Johnson, which he joined following a judicial clerkship for Justice Robert Utter on the state of Washington’s Supreme Court.
In the summer of 1993, he was a legal intern at the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he researched and wrote memoranda on U.S. and South African law, including labor, employment, and landlord-tenant law. Prior to that, he interned at Human Rights Watch, researching procedures before international tribunals for cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
EDUCATION: University of Washington, B.A.; Columbia University School of Law, J.D.