Wikimedia Foundation Legal department/Team responsibilities

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Geoff Brigham, General Counsel[edit]

Practice areas[edit]

  • Advisor to the Executive Director and Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)
  • Oversight of all WMF legal and community advocacy issues (set out below)
  • WMF C-level duties and responsibilities

Michelle Paulson, Legal Counsel[edit]

Practice Areas[edit]

  • Community Oversight (content, discrimination, harassment, OTRS)
  • Contests/Surveys
  • Copyright (DMCA, international)
  • Domain Names (enforcement, management)
  • Fundraising/finance
  • Global (India, Brazil, MENA)
  • Intern Program
  • Internal Policies
  • Legal-Related HR Queries
  • Litigation
  • Major Contracts (mobile contracts, technology contracts, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous Intellectual Property (moral rights, personality rights, trade secrets, etc.)
  • Payments/Financial Services-Related Legal Queries
  • Police Requests/User Information Requests
  • Privacy (privacy policy, community strategy)
  • Trademarks (litigation, management)

Stephen LaPorte, Legal Counsel[edit]

Practice areas[edit]

  • Board governance
  • Consumer Protection/Marketing/Fundraising Communications
  • Content issues
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property
  • FDC (Grants)
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Major Contracts (e.g., movement entities, technology)
  • Privacy Issues
  • Subpoenas
  • Trademarks (enforcement; licensing)
  • Wiki syntax
  • Supports a wide variety of office needs that don't fit easily into a pigeon hole.

Daisy Chen, Paralegal[edit]


  • Cease and desist letters
  • Community advocacy group support
  • Charitable registrations
  • Contract review, drafting and management // contract approval and tracking process
  • DMCA takedown records
  • Event management (primarily the coordination of foilball-throwing at Geoff)
  • Legal intern program
  • Litigation support
  • Trademarks

Philippe Beaudette, Director, Community Advocacy[edit]


  • Community advocacy development
  • General community issues
  • Questions on Arbitration Committees, project governance, movement structure, and rights assignments
  • Coordinating with volunteer email response team administrators on non-technical issues

Maggie Dennis, Senior Community Advocate[edit]


  • Communication and liaison between staff and community members
  • Emerging trends in projects
  • Community advocacy support
  • Tracking community issues to resolution