David Tollen


David Tollen is an author, expert witness, trainer, and attorney. He wrote the number-one bestseller from the IP Section of the American Bar Association: The Tech Contracts Handbook, Cloud Computing Agreements, Software Licenses, and Other IT Contracts for Lawyers And Businesspeople (ABA Publishing 2015).

David is also the founder of Tech Contracts Academy™, where he provides training on drafting and negotiating IT agreements. His programs are for both businesspeople and lawyers, and they cover all the key clauses in software licenses, cloud computing agreements, and other technology contracts, as well as special topics like indemnity and open source software.

In addition, David is the founder of Sycamore Legal P.C., an IP and IT boutique law firm in San Francisco. He and his staff represent both buyers and sellers in contracts about cloud computing, big data, software licensing, and other IT relationships. They also advise on intellectual property issues related to IT. Clients include Silicon Valley startups and some of the best-known and most influential companies in the world, like Lockheed Martin, Sabre, Del Monte Foods, and the World Wildlife Fund.

David also serves as an expert witness in litigation about IT contracts. And he is a sought-after industry speaker and thought-leader.

David graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and has degrees from Cambridge University in England and U.C. Berkeley. He’s served as General Counsel of a publicly traded software company, as Vice President of Business Development for a technology start-up, and as a lawyer in the Silicon Valley offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

On the side, David is an award-winning novelist, authoring The Jericho River, a novel that uses fantasy to teach history. (You can learn about David’s fiction at DavidTollen.com.)