IEEE Legal and Compliance Department


The IEEE Legal and Compliance Department is composed of four lawyers and five professional staff members.  The goal of the Legal and Compliance Department is to provide quality legal services in-house by professionals who are intimately familiar with the mission, activities, and business operations of IEEE.

Legal and Compliance Department Duties and Functions

As a part of its broader mandate, the Department:

  • Provides strategic advice of a commercial and policy nature to the IEEE Board of Directors, its standing committees, ad hoc committees, and organizational units.
  • Represents IEEE in legal discussions with various government agencies around the world.
  • Promotes the enhancement of the reputation and profile of IEEE worldwide through its amicus curiae briefs, filed in third-party legal cases, where the IEEE Board of Directors determines that such filings serve to support the mission of IEEE.

On a day-to-day basis, the Legal and Compliance Department provides advice and documentation relating to:

  • Intellectual property matters
  • Commercial contracts and business arrangements
  • Corporate structures and registrations
  • Compliance with laws, rules, and regulations applicable to IEEE and its related entities

The Department also provides legal advice relating to:

Legal Questions

The Legal and Compliance Department is supported by outside law firms that are engaged by the members of the Department to provide advice on specialized areas of the law, such as tax, immigration, litigation, and the laws of the 189 other countries where IEEE has operations outside of the United States.

Only members of the Legal and Compliance Department are authorized to engage outside counsel. Please refer all legal questions to the Department for further handling and resolution.

If you are contacted by a lawyer representing a party who is engaged in a matter involving IEEE or any of its organizational units, please contact the Legal and Compliance Department immediately.

Compliance Questions

For general compliance questions regarding IEEE, please email

Concerns about inappropriate financial activity involving IEEE business or compliance with IEEE Principles of Business Conduct/Conflict of Interest may be anonymously reported.