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Legal departments across the country aren’t typically early adopters when it comes to high tech. According to Corporate Counsel’s survey of technology used in Fortune 500 legal departments last year, a mere 29 percent of respondents had extranets for outside counsel. But Cisco’s Mark Chandler doesn’t listen to surveys. He hit the ground running when he assumed the general counsel job in 2001, pushing an aggressive in-house tech agenda. Business-side clients use Cisco’s knowledge management tool to start contract negotiations, create and evaluate nondisclosure agreements, process patent applications, and obtain legal training. Chandler, who sits on CC‘s editorial board, has also championed Cisco’s legal extranet, through which the networking giant and its six primary outside law firms share information on cases. Last year the extranet was awarded the 2003 Computerworld Honors Laureate medal, the only law department corporate site to receive the honor.

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