Meet Our 2014 Annual Dinner Co-Chairs

Chandler-WebMark D. Chandler
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Mark Chandler is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer of Cisco, where he manages a team of 450 professionals, including legal, employee relations, ethics, investigations and brand protection teams. Previously, he was Managing Attorney for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, based in Paris. Chandler joined Cisco in 1996 upon the acquisition of StrataCom, Inc., where he had been General Counsel. Prior to working at StrataCom he worked for six years as Vice President for Corporate Development and General Counsel of Maxtor Corporation, a manufacturer of hard disk drives.

Chandler is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Stanford Law School, the Board of Trustees of Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass., the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, and the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He has previously served as member and chairman of the City of Palo Alto Planning Commission, and as a member of the Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission. In 2010, The National Law Journal named him one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade and in 2013, The American Lawyer numbered him among the “Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.”

Chandler holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, and a juris doctor degree from Stanford Law School (1981).


Eric J. FriedmanEric J. Friedman
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Eric J. Friedman has served as Skadden’s Executive Partner since 2009.

Under his leadership, for three consecutive years Skadden has been the only firm to be named as one of the nation’s two most innovative law firms in Financial Times’ “U.S. Innovative Lawyers” report (2010-2012). In 2011, The National Law Journal acknowledged Mr. Friedman’s accomplishments since becoming Skadden’s Executive Partner by naming him as one of its three “Most Influential” law firm leaders. In 2012, Mr. Friedman received a “Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award” from the New York City Bar Association in recognition of his commitment to diversity at Skadden.

Prior to becoming Executive Partner, Mr. Friedman, who is an internationally recognized corporate attorney, was involved in a number of significant M&A and corporate finance transactions in the financial services industry. Among others, he has represented Citigroup Inc. and The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. in some of their most important transactions.

Mr. Friedman is a dedicated board member to a number of organizations, including the Legal Aid Society, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Phoenix House Foundation, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He also is the chair and a trustee of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.

Mr. Friedman has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America and the Directorship 100.


Robert C. SheehanRobert C. Sheehan
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Robert C. Sheehan, who oversees the firm’s pro bono program, was Executive Partner of Skadden, Arps from April 1994 to April 2009. Mr. Sheehan began his career with Skadden in 1969, became a partner in 1978 and of counsel in 2010.

Prior to his tenure as Executive Partner, Mr. Sheehan headed the Financial Institutions Merger & Acquisition Group, which he had founded. Mr. Sheehan, who has been cited by publications as one of the world’s leading banking lawyers, has represented numerous bank and thrift holding companies, both as acquirers and as targets, in negotiated and unsolicited acquisition transactions. He also has served as counsel for financial institutions in connection with their relations with various state and federal banking regulatory authorities.

In 2012, Mr. Sheehan received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Law Firm Leadership from The American Lawyer magazine. He was named as the recipient of the Judge Learned Hand Award by the American Jewish Committee in 2010. Mr. Sheehan also was honored with the 2009 Laurie D. Zelon Award by the Pro Bono Institute (presented to him by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in recognition of his pro bono service. In 2008, he was the recipient of the St. Thomas More Award by the Lawyers Committee of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund for his leadership and service to the legal profession. In addition, Mr. Sheehan received the Legal Aid Society’s 2005 Servant of Justice Award for his contributions to pro bono causes.


Milch-WebRandal S. Milch
Verizon Communications Inc.

Randal S. Milch is executive vice president, Public Policy, and general counsel of Verizon. He leads the company’s public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups.

From 2006 until being named to his current position in October 2008, Milch served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon Business, responsible for all legal services and external affairs support for the company’s global enterprise carrier. Before that, Milch served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Verizon’s domestic telecom business. He was appointed to the latter position in 2000, upon the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE.

Before the merger, Milch was associate general counsel at Bell Atlantic with oversight of state regulatory matters in New York and New England. Previously, Milch served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Bell Atlantic-Maryland, Inc. He began his telecommunications career as counsel to the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Maryland in 1993.

Prior to his role with Bell Atlantic, Milch was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. Milch’s practice centered on complex federal litigation and international arbitration. Milch began his legal career as a clerk to Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Milch holds a J.D. from New York University Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.