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Get to Know Dorian Daley



Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Oracle Corporation


Dorian Daley serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Oracle Corporation. She began her career at Oracle in 1992 after spending five years with the commercial litigation group of Landels, Ripley & Diamond in San Francisco. She is a 1986 graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and a 1981 graduate of Stanford University. Prior to her appointment as General Counsel, Ms. Daley served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Legal, with management responsibility for the Oracle Litigation group. In leading and working within the litigation group, Ms. Daley participated in and oversaw all business and IP-related disputes, litigation, and investigations worldwide, including matters relating to Oracle's Compliance and Ethics program and its merger and acquisition legal strategy. She was also active in commercial process and policy review. 


Following her appointment as General Counsel in 2007, Ms. Daley has continued to be an active participant in litigation, dispute resolution, investigations, Oracle’s Compliance and Ethics program and commercial policy and practice reviews, as well as to lead the many legal and compliance practice groups within Oracle. Ms. Daley also works closely with other members of executive management and the Oracle board of directors to provide legal counsel on myriad tactical and strategic issues affecting Oracle's growing business and the evolving governance issues it faces. Ms. Daley served as Oracle’s Corporate Secretary from 2007 through 2017 and acted directly as its Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer from July 2014 until April 2016.


Ms. Daley has been the recipient of various awards and recognitions, including the 2010 Diversity Gala Award from Santa Clara University School of Law for being a role model for women and minorities in the legal field, and the 2011 Best General Counsel Award (Large Public Company), by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 Ethisphere Institute recognized Ms. Daley as one of the Attorneys Who Matter in the Top General Counsel category; in 2012 the San Francisco Business Times named her as one of the Bay Area's Most Influential Women; in 2012 Corporate Counsel Magazine identified her as one of the Top Legal Officers; and in 2013 she was the recipient of the Santa Clara Law Alumni Special Achievement Award, Honoring Lawyers Who Lead.


In 2015, Ms. Daley was named one of the Women Leaders in Tech Law, and singled out as one of 10 "Power Players" - lawyers who stand out as trailblazers, mentors and advocates for women in tech, by the editors of The Recorder.   In 2016, Ms. Daley accepted the National Association of Women Lawyers Challenge Award for the significant number of women in the legal department and in leadership positions; Ms. Daley was named as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal; and Ms. Daley’s legal department was named as one of the Best Legal Departments by Corporate Counsel Magazine. In February 2019 Ms. Daley was named as a “Legend of the Law” awarded by the prestigious Burton Awards (in association with the Library of Congress), a national honor given to General Counsel whose careers in the law have been exemplary.


Ms. Daley has been featured by Profile Magazine in its coverage of General Counsel of Fortune 100 Companies and by the California International Law Journal in 2015, and has served on numerous panels regarding technology, the role of the General Counsel, compliance and ethics, diversity and many substantive practice areas. She serves on the Board of Governors for the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Executive Committee of BSA | The Software Alliance, which is the leading advocate for the software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. She is also a college fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel; a professional, educational, and honorary association of lawyers, widely recognized for their achievements in the field of governance.  In 2017, Ms. Daley joined the Board for ChIPs (Chiefs for Intellectual Property), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing women in technology, law and policy.  Her appointment marks the first time a board seat will be held by a non-founding member.  She has served as a member of the executive committee for the Securities Regulation Institute Board of Directors and is a member of the Santa Clara University Law School Advisory Board. At Santa Clara she has also served on the Diversity Gala organizing committee, the Hi Tech Law Institute Board and she has participated in each session of the In House Counsel Institute.