Prior to her retirement in 2015, Sarah Deutsch was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Verizon Communications, where she spent over 23 years in the Legal Department. She was responsible for Verizon's global IP practice, including copyrights, trademarks, patent licensing, and unfair competition. In the course of her career, Sarah also managed Verizon's privacy practice, and worked on a broad set of global intellectual property policy issues, including Internet policy, online liability, and advocacy. Sarah was one of five negotiators for the U.S. telecommunications industry in the negotiations that lead to the passage of the DMCA. She also served as a Private Sector Advisor to U.S. Delegation to WIPO Copyright Treaties and to the G8 Cybercrime Conference.
Sarah was the 2014 recipient of the Managing IP In-house Counsel Award at the America's Women in Business Law Awards. In 2009, she received Public Knowledge's President's Award for Extraordinary Dedication to Protecting the Free Flow of Information Over the Internet.
Prior to Verizon, Sarah was an associate in the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. She holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law and a B.A. from Emory University. In addition to her current legal and policy advocacy work, Sarah serves on the Board of the National Center for Health Research and is an avid professional photographer. Sarah previously served on EFF's Board in 2005-2006.