Steve Zipperstein is the General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of BlackBerry Ltd., where he is responsible for worldwide legal, government relations, public policy, compliance, regulatory, corporate security and corporate real estate. Steve also serves as the company’s Chief Risk Officer and oversees the company’s internal audit function.
Steve previously served as General Counsel for Verizon Wireless from 2003 through 2011. Prior to the formation of Verizon Communications Inc., Steve served as Deputy General Counsel for GTE Corporation with corporate-wide responsibility for state regulatory, litigation and compliance matters.
Before joining GTE/Verizon, Steve served for more than 9 years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles. Steve tried more than a dozen federal felony jury trials (including the first-ever prosecution against the owners of a failed savings and loan during the late 1980s) and he argued more than two dozen cases in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Steve also served as Counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno during the 1995 congressional hearings regarding the events at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
Steve is a graduate of UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and of U.C. Davis Law School with a juris doctorate, where he also served as a Law Review Editor and a Member of the Moot Court Board. Steve has taught at Loyola Law School and published several law review articles. He has testified before Congress on telecommunications policy issues numerous times.