Bruce Byrd

General Counsel at Palo Alto Networks

Bruce joined Palo Alto Networks as its general counsel in January 2021. Bruce previously served as Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at AT&T, where he was responsible for legal affairs for its largest operating company, AT&T Communications, managing the full range of legal disciplines, from litigation to intellectual property to government regulation. During his 20 year tenure, Bruce held positions in virtually every corner of AT&T’s business, as well its government affairs team in Washington, DC.

Prior to AT&T, Bruce was a partner at Dickinson Wright PLLC, an AmLaw 150 law firm, where he maintained an active commercial litigation and regulatory practice.

Bruce is the chair of the board of directors of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and serves on the boards of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

Bruce is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School.



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