Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Adobe Systems Incorporated

Dana Rao became General Counsel of Adobe Systems Incorporated in 2018, after serving as Vice President of Intellectual Property and Litigation. He also spent 11 years at Microsoft and worked as a patent attorney at Fenwick & West. 

On building an inclusive legal department, Dana said in an interview, "I’m an Indian American, and I’m from Philadelphia. I experienced the opposite of diversity and inclusion in my childhood. It’s important that we have people of every color, men, women, LGBTQ people, on our team and to have their voices heard."

Adobe believes diversity is a core business value and also promotes an inclusive work environment through employee programs and community partnerships. Within the legal department, Adobe has a program that provides in-house experience to diverse 1Ls, and also provides opportunities for junior attorneys to come in-house through a program called Global Legal Services.  

Joined LCLD 2016  

Highlights of LCLD Participation


Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2019: Jennifer Wilson, Stephanie Warner; 2018: Mindy Laponis, Michael Yang; 2017: Kyle Pankratz, Jennifer Ruehr 

Pathfinder Program
Hosted Pathfinder Meeting (2017) 
Pathfinders selected: 
2019: Alex Nguyen, Luci Buda, Jane Lee; 2017: Kim Tran, Maulik Shah; 2016: Jessyca Dessing 

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2017, 2016

Member: Dana Rao

Diversity Professional: Lisa Konie

Communications: Terrell Neilson