William H. Neukom

Founder & CEO

Bill Neukom is the founder and chief executive officer of the World Justice Project, an organization devoted to promoting the rule of law throughout the world.  He is a retired partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm K&L Gates and is an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School where he teaches a seminar on the rule of law.

Mr. Neukom was the lead lawyer for Microsoft Corporation for nearly 25 years managing its legal, government affairs, and philanthropic activities. He retired from Microsoft as its executive vice president of law and corporate affairs in 2002, then returned to his law firm and served as its chairman from 2003 to 2007. He is a trustee emeritus of Dartmouth College, having served as chair of the board from 2004 to 2007, and was president of the American Bar Association from 2007 to 2008. He was the chief executive officer of the San Francisco Giants baseball team from 2008 to 2011. He joined the board of directors of Fortinet, Inc. in 2013.

Mr. Neukom serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Asia Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, Ecotrust, the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the William D. Ruckelshaus Center. He is a member of the Dean’s Council at Stanford Law School and has been its chair since 2012. In 1995, Mr. Neukom and his four children founded the Neukom Family Foundation, which supports not-for-profit organizations in the fields of education, the environment, health, human services, and justice. 

Mr. Neukom earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his LL.B. from Stanford University, and has honorary degrees from Gonzaga University, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of South Carolina.

He and his wife, Sally, live in Seattle and have five children and thirteen grandchildren.