Graham Allan is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel at Cisco Systems and Chief of Staff to Cisco’s Chief Legal Officer. Graham is responsible for cross functional alignment and operational effectiveness within the Legal Department. The Legal Department’s Ops team reports into Graham, including the teams responsible for the department’s tools and applications, data analytics, e-discovery and forensics, knowledge and content management and training infrastructure.
During his twenty years at Cisco, Graham has managed several different teams in the Legal Department, including leading the European legal team, heading the global team supporting sales, marketing, Cisco Capital financing and channels (twice); managing the legal team supporting engineering globally and running the legal group supporting Cisco’s Service Provider and IoT businesses. He has also led the Legal team supporting Cisco’s acquisitions, divestitures, and investments.
Graham joined Cisco in 1999 in London, from law firm Baker & McKenzie. Graham worked for Baker & McKenzie from 1989-99, in their London and San Francisco/Palo Alto offices. During his time at Baker & McKenzie, Graham was a member of the intellectual property and information technology group and handled both litigation and commercial transactions. He was made a partner in 1998.
Graham has a law degree from the University of Manchester, UK, studied at the College of Law in Chester, UK and has a Diploma in IP Law from the University of Bristol.
Graham is on the Management Board for the Cisco Heritage Center and has served on the Board of the American Liver Foundation. He lives near Cisco’s Headquarters in San Jose, California, with his wife, two children and Samoyed dog!