2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
The Forum on Legal Evolution is pleased to award Paul Lippe and Mark Chandler with its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award (November 2017). The Lifetime Achievement Award reflects remarkable innovativeness, persistence, and resilience in the face of formidable odds and often without the support or encouragement of others. A prerequisite for this award is a tireless and generous spirit that has been an inspiration to other legal innovations and early adopters, emboldening them to experiment and take measured risks in search of new and better ways to solve problems affecting clients, lawyers, and the public interest. The Lifetime Achievement Award is a peer-driven award, reflecting the esteem and praise of fellow travelers.
Paul Lippe is a member of the Advisory Board of Elevate Services, which recently acquired OnRamp Systems, where he was CEO. Legal OnRamp was first developed at a legal department productivity and collaboration platform for Cisco Systems and is recognized as a pioneer in the reinvention of law. Paul was at various times General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Marketing at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company. Paul was also CEO of Stanford SKOLAR, a medical digital library and e-learning company spun off from Stanford Medical School. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, Paul speaks and writes regularly about the “New Normal” in law, including on the ABA website.
Mark Chandler is Senior Vice President, Legal Services, and General Counsel for Cisco, and is also Cisco's Chief Compliance Officer. In this role, Mark has been at the forefront of legal department innovation and thought leadership, challenging the industry to consider new and better ways to serve internal and external clients. A primary part of his focus is developing solutions to simplify the support for Cisco's sales and services transactions, including process automation and anticipation of future transactional needs. It was in this capacity that Mark became a long-time collaborator with Paul Lippe and Legal OnRamp. 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. Mark received a JD degree from Stanford Law School and a BA degree in economics from Harvard College.