Dev Stahlkopf

Executive Vice President

Chief Legal Officer

Dev Stahlkopf is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Cisco. She is responsible for driving the company’s legal strategy on key issues including intellectual property, privacy and security, internet governance, cross-border data issues, geopolitical matters, and the company’s public policy priorities. Dev is a strong advocate for diversity in the legal profession and is passionate about building the next generation of leaders. She is also deeply focused on driving innovation in the legal profession. Prior to joining Cisco, Dev held several senior roles at Microsoft over the course of 14 years, most recently as Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in Microsoft’s Corporate, External & Legal Affairs organization. Prior to Microsoft, she practiced law in the Seattle area at Perkins Coie, specializing in employment and labor law, and at Cooley Godward, focusing on corporate and technology transactions. She received her law degree from the University of Arizona, a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from Duke University, and undergraduate degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of Washington. Dev currently sits on the boards of several organizations. She is a board member for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a coalition of leaders in the legal industry working to build a more open and diverse legal profession. She also serves on the Corporate Pro Bono Institute advisory board, working to help close the gap in access to justice and help those in need of pro bono legal services.


December 10, 2023


Cisco’s Commitment to Human Rights: A Tribute to the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

2 min read

For Cisco, as we work to securely connect everything to make anything possible, the 75th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights is an opportunity to reflect on the intersection between technology and human rights.

November 29, 2023


Unlocking Industrial Data: The EU Data Act

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Given the novel aspects of EU Data Act, there will undoubtedly be additional compliance and design processes created in order to participate in this new data economy. But for organizations like Cisco, with established data governance and cloud compliance programs in place, there is a clear roadmap forward.

November 3, 2023


Responsible AI is built on a foundation of privacy

3 min read

AI is not new for Cisco. We’ve been incorporating predictive AI across our connected portfolio for over a decade. At its core, AI is about data. And if you’re using data, privacy is paramount.

October 20, 2023


An opportunity and a responsibility

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Cisco’s purpose is to power a more inclusive future for all. For Cisco Legal, this means leveraging their skills and expertise to increase access to justice. See just some of the amazing ways we’ve made an impact in the new Cisco Legal pro bono report.

August 21, 2023


The Power and Importance of a Free and Open Internet 

2 min read

At Cisco, we strongly believe in the power of the Internet to foster free expression and accelerate the ability to educate, empower, and inspire people around the world. Making information more accessible and opportunities more available comes with the inherent risk of this technology being misused. Navigating this balance – securely connecting billions of people while respecting human rights – is core to who we are at Cisco.