Zohra Tejani helps technology companies drive revenue and manage risk with their public sector business. Formerly with Microsoft and VMware, she has extensive senior-level experience drafting, negotiating, and counseling on commercial and government contracts and subcontracts, especially for technology products and services.
In addition, she has advised on a range of government procurement and technology matters such as cybersecurity, supply chain, product information security and privacy, intellectual property issues such as copyrights in software, data rights, trade secrets, ethics and procurement integrity, pricing and contract compliance, competition and channel compliance, and government and whistleblower claims of procurement fraud. She has a passion for tech companies of any size and especially enjoys working with govtech and civic tech companies.
Prior to the 2019 launch of Tong Tejani PLLC, Zohra led VMware’s public sector legal team. Under her direction, the team managed and advised on a diverse spectrum of issues and deal with Federal (including National Security & Defense), State & Local Government, Education, and Healthcare customers in the US.
Preceding her time at VMware, Zohra spent 14 years at Microsoft, advising its U.S. Federal, State and Local Government and Worldwide Public Sector businesses.
Before Microsoft, Zohra spent the first part of her legal career in various roles in government, private practice at a law firm, and in-house primarily focused on commercial technology, software licensing, and the early days of e-commerce law.
Understanding the landscape of government contracting and compliance is constantly evolving, especially for technology companies, Zohra remains a proactive participant in industry roundtables and summits, maintaining a current awareness of government contract laws and compliance that have the potential to directly impact technology-focused organizations. She is active with the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section and has spoken, in the U.S. and internationally, on numerous panels related to the transformation of the tech industry through the lens of regulatory compliance and contracting.
For nearly a decade, Zohra has been an advocate for the advancement of diversity in the legal profession. She was selected as one of Microsoft’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows in 2012 and went on to helm the LCLD Fellows Alumni Executive Council for two years. In June 2019, Zohra received the prestigious Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award, and remains an active leader in the community, to date. Zohra also serves on the Board of Directors for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)—a national organization focused on the expansion of opportunities for minority and low-income students in the legal field.
Zohra earned both her BA (1993) and JD (1996) from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and is licensed to practice law in Virginia.