Mark Chandler

Retired | Executive Vice President

Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

Mark Chandler retired from his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Cisco in May 2021. Chandler joined Cisco in 1996, when Cisco acquired StrataCom, Inc., where he had been general counsel. Prior to StrataCom, he served for six years as vice president of corporate development and general counsel for Maxtor Corporation, a Fortune 500 hard disk drive manufacturer. Chandler is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Stanford Law School, member of the Governing Council of the American Bar Association Center for Innovation, Board of Directors of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, and the Board of Trustees for Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass. He previously served as a member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Law Foundation, member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, member and chairman of the City of Palo Alto Planning Commission, and member of the Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission. In spring 2016, he was a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. In 2010, The National Law Journal named him one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and in 2013, American Lawyer numbered him among the Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years. In 2018, he received the Burton Legends in Law Award. Chandler received a JD degree from Stanford Law School in 1981 and a BA degree in economics from Harvard College in 1978.


Human rights & technology: How Cisco works to respect & uphold human rights

In honor of International Human Rights Day, Mark Chandler, Executive Vice President and Cisco's Chief Legal Officer, reflects on how respecting human rights is not only the right thing to do, it's also good for our business. 

November 3, 2020


Protecting Our People

To ensure that all claims of unfair treatment by our employees are addressed, we’ve taken intentional steps to ensure that all arbitrations arising from claims brought by Cisco employees address specific concerns.

August 31, 2020


Why Cisco is taking action to keep America’s patent system strong

Cisco is a strong supporter of the US patent system. We own over 16,000 US patents, protecting our right to profit from the fruits of the $6 billion dollars we spend each year inventing new ways to connect the world and protect the safety of the Internet.

January 3, 2012


Silicon Valley Innovation is Built Around Employee Mobility

For the sake of our country's competitiveness, I hope we can move beyond non-compete agreements with employees as a policy matter.

November 23, 2011


HP Sues Employees for Leaving – We Challenge HP to Support Employee Freedom

We challenge HP, with new leadership deeply steeped in Silicon Valley’s environment of mobility and opportunity, to step up and support employee freedom and stop suing employees just for leaving.

July 31, 2019


A Changed Environment Requires a Changed Approach

 Cisco Resolves Claims Related to Video Security Software Sold Between 2008 to 2014 As the world’s largest supplier of internet security hardware and software products and services, we’re reminded every...

February 7, 2019


Cisco Calls for US Federal Privacy Legislation—Leveling the Privacy Playing Field

Enterprise-facing companies who do not monetize customer data through advertising, like Cisco, must ensure that our customers – and our customers’ customers – can trust how their data is handled. 

February 4, 2019


Human Rights Must be Front and Center for Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and Privacy

Artificial intelligence and the internet of things have the potential to drive unprecedented productivity, reduce pollution, and improve human health. With the rollout of advanced, high speed wireless connectivity known...

October 3, 2018


Using Technology to Promote High-Quality Patents with the USPTO, MIT Media Lab, and Google

Thanks to the leadership of US Patent and Trademark Director Andrei Iancu, a new era begins today in ensuring that US patents reflect real invention. Together with representatives from across...