Tony West (attorney)
Derek Anthony \”Tony\” West is an American attorney and former government official. West is the chief legal officer of Uber, responsible for its legal, security and compliance and ethics functions. West has been a vocal advocate for increased diversity and inclusion at Uber, in tech, and in corporate C-suites.
About Tony West (attorney) in brief
Derek Anthony \”Tony\” West is an American attorney and former government official. West is the chief legal officer of Uber, responsible for its legal, security and compliance and ethics functions. Before Uber, West was Associate Attorney General of the United States and general counsel of PepsiCo. West has been a vocal advocate for increased diversity and inclusion at Uber, in tech, and in corporate C-suites generally. Legal Momentum, the nation’s first and oldest legal defense and education fund for women and girls, named West the 2020 Man of Distinction for advancing the rights of women and girl during his time at Uber. In September 2014, when Attorney General Eric Holder announced his intention to step down,. West was speculated as being a potential successor as the next United States Attorney General. West was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Margaret \”Peggy\” and Franklin Delano West. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, a Catholic, all-male, private secondary school, where he served as freshman class president, before graduating in 1983. He received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in 1992. He was admitted to the Superior Court of California and the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He also served as the co-chairman of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. West returned to the Justice Department when President Obama led the Obama administration in 1993, as a Special Assistant Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division.
In 2009, West led the prosecution of child sexual exploitation, narcotics, distribution, interstate crime, high tech crime and high-tech crime. He is married with two children. He lives in San Jose, California. His father, the first person in his family to attend college, was born and raised in Georgia and worked for IBM while his mother, who was a teacher, was raised in Alabama. He has two younger sisters, Pamela and Patricia. He worked as chief of staff to the finance chair of the California Democratic Party, while also working in private practice as an associate at the Bingham McCutchen San Jose office, from 1992 to 1993. In 1993, West joined the Clinton administration as a special assistant assistant attorney general. In 1994, he was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for California. From 2001 to 2009, he worked as a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP. In 2004, he became a partner at the law firm. In 2005, he co-founded a law firm with his brother, David West, in California. In 2007, he joined the firm as a partner. In 2008, he served on the Board of Directors for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. In 2010, he founded a firm with the same name. In 2011, West served as a co-founder of the nonprofit organization, the National Women’s Law Center. In 2012, West became the first African-American man to serve as a member of the board of directors of the National Council of Legislators.