Daphe Turpin Forbes
Assistant General Counsel & Managing Attorney
Daphne Turpin Forbes, Assistant General Counsel and Managing Attorney is a trusted legal and business advisor at Microsoft with 20+ years of practice in the U.S. Public Sector and Commercial Regulated Industries. Her corporate experience spans in-house at companies like Microsoft, Discovery Communications, ACS State & Local Solutions (formerly Lockheed Martin IMS), Hyatt Hotels, and General Motors.

She is lead counsel and managing attorney responsible for supporting Microsoft’s Health & Life Sciences and Public Sector businesses (HPSI); an $11.8B Enterprise Operating Unit comprised of three business segments of Microsoft’s U.S. Industries: specifically, State & Local Government, Education, and Health and Life Sciences advising clients on various legal matters including; complex technology and professional services transactions, legal, compliance and regulatory issues, data privacy and security matters, critical infrastructure considerations, product/solution development, government and enterprise cloud, Artificial Intelligence (“AI”), public sector contracts/procurement law and ethics, public policy considerations; matters raised by U.S. Attorneys General; and health and life sciences regulations. Prior to her role in HPSI, she also supported the company’s financial services and federal government business segments.

She is a DEI champion and has served on various non-profit boards and advisory councils nationally and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Currently, Daphne serves as Chairwoman and County Commissioner of the Liquor Board in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She has also served as an adjunct law professor at Howard University School of Law where she co-instructed a class on Technology and Law. Daphne is a member of the Maryland State Bar and National Bar Associations and is the corporate recipient of the Microsoft MVP Circle of Excellence (Gold Club) Award, the National Bar Association’s Clyde E. Bailey Corporate Leadership Award and is the 2020 recipient of Michigan State University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, and the American University Washington College of Law. Daphne lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland with her husband and their two young adult children; both who attend HBCUs.
Daphe Turpin Forbes