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May 20, 2011 at 10:49 AM

A new era: Attorney general lauds Neukom at Stanford

Have we passed through a time warp?

On Wednesday San Francisco decided to use Microsoft’s email system.

Now U.S. Attorney Eric Holder is leading a dedication ceremony this afternoon for the William H. Neukom Building at Stanford Law School.

I wonder if Stanford held back this event until the Microsoft antitrust decree expired.

Neukom was Microsoft’s top lawyer from its early days through its antitrust battles with the U.S. Department of Justice. Holder was deputy attorney general under Janet Reno during the height of the Microsoft case.

Neukom grew up in the San Francisco area, graduated from Stanford Law in 1967 and then came to Seattle and worked with Bill Gates — father of the Microsoft co-founder in Seattle. Gates asked Neukom to advise Microsoft in 1978, he joined the company in 1985 and retired as its general counsel in 2002.

In 2006 Neukom donated $20 million for the law school building and in 2008 he became managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants.

Here are a few pictures of the William H. Neukom Building, taken by Aislinn Weidele for Stanford:

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Comments | Topics: bill neukom, Billionaire techies, Microsoft

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