Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Yahoo Inc.
Julie Jacobs is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Yahoo Inc., a global media and technology company that reaches nearly 900 million people around the world. Throughout her career, Julie has exemplified the values of Rising for Justice through her commitment to building impactful pro bono programs, her career-long dedication to mentoring the next generation of lawyers, and her pioneering leadership in the internet and new media industries, which have made her a pillar of the Greater Washington area’s legal community. As a result of her efforts, members of Julie’s legal department have gone on to senior in-house positions, including CEO positions, in the technology, government contracting, sports and entertainment, healthcare, and food processing industries.
Under Julie’s leadership, the legal team at Verizon Media was recognized in 2020 by the Washington Business Journal for their outstanding commitment to the community with an exceptional in-house pro bono program that provided representation on critical matters, such as public benefits, immigration, consumer debt and family law. In 2015, Julie was recognized as the Mentoring Lawyer of the Year by the Chambers Women in Law Awards for her enduring commitment to supporting and guiding young attorneys.
In her current role, Julie is responsible for all legal, regulatory, privacy, compliance and public policy matters for Yahoo Inc. and its many brands, including Yahoo Mail, Yahoo.com, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, AOL (AOL Mail and AOL.com) and TechCrunch, among others. Prior to that, in 2017, Julie led the integration of the Yahoo and AOL legal departments. She also negotiated, structured and documented the acquisition of AOL by Verizon Communications in 2015. Julie joined AOL in 2000 from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.
Julie graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a member of The Georgetown Law Journal and holds a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, three sons and a Golden Retriever named Oshie. Julie spends her free time at various ice rinks cheering on her hockey-playing boys as well as the Washington Capitals.