Dana Rao

EVP, General Counsel and Chief Trust Officer at Adobe Systems

Appointed to executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in June 2018, Dana Rao is applying his more than 20 years of legal experience to lead Adobe’s Legal and Government Relations team and help take Adobe into its next chapter of industry leadership.

Dana previously served as the VP of Intellectual Property and Litigation at Adobe for six years where he spearheaded strategic initiatives including the company’s litigation efforts; and its patent, trademark and copyright portfolio strategies.

Prior to joining Adobe, Dana was with Microsoft for 11 years, serving in a variety of roles including Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing, where he oversaw all patent matters for Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division as well as the company-wide patent acquisition team.

Dana started his career as a patent attorney at Fenwick & West. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and a J.D. from George Washington University.

If Dana was not Adobe’s General Counsel, he would be finishing the book he started writing 15 years ago about teleportation, augmented reality, environmental disasters, and the end of the world.



  • EVP, General Counsel and Chief Trust Officer

    Current role

  • EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

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