Engine, Advisory Board Member
Julie Samuels is Executive Director of Engine, a nonprofit that represents the voice of startups in policy debates. She is a frequent commentator on tech and policy issues, particularly in the patent space. She recently testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on patent demand letters. She came to Engine by way of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she was a senior staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. Before joining EFF, Julie litigated IP and entertainment cases in Chicago at Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie spent time as a legislative assistant at the Media Coalition in New York and as an assistant editor at the National Journal in D.C. Julie earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.