Debra Zumwalt

VP & General Counsel at Stanford University

Ms. Zumwalt is the Vice President and General Counsel for Stanford University and responsible for the legal work for Stanford University, Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Ms. Zumwalt was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP from 1993-2001. She specialized in complex civil litigation and higher education law. She was the managing partner of the Silicon Valley office and a member of the firm's governing board.

Between 1987 and 1993, Ms. Zumwalt was a Senior University Counsel at Stanford. In this role, she was responsible for advising and representing the University in connection with congressional hearings, criminal and civil investigations, negotiations and litigation with the government concerning federal payments for research. She also represented the University in other litigation such as a challenge to the NCAA drug testing program, employee whistleblower litigation and toxic tort cases. Prior to joining Stanford in 1987, Ms. Zumwalt worked as litigation counsel for Chevron Chemical Company. Ms. Zumwalt was also a litigation associate for Pillsbury in San Francisco.

Ms. Zumwalt received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1979. Ms. Zumwalt is a trustee of the Board of the American University of Afghanistan, a director of the Academy of Art University, a director of Huron Consulting Group, and a director of Exponent, Inc. She has served as the President of the Santa Clara Bar Association, a board member of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services, a director of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, and Treasurer of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.



  • VP & General Counsel

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