Our Founder and Your Teacher
David W. Tollen is one of the industry’s leading authorities on software licensing and cloud computing agreements. He is the author of The Tech Contracts Handbook and an attorney and expert witness, and he teaches at U.C. Berkeley Law School. His particular expertise is in making complex topics easy to understand and engaging — and he’s been widely recognized for both.
David is also the founder of Sycamore Legal, P.C. 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. David’s 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. For a list of his publications and speaking engagements, please visit his bio page at Sycamore Legal. Finally, David teaches IT contracts at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.
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 writes about history and science for young people. He’s the author of an award-winning educational novel called The Jericho River — and of Secrets of Hominea, recently published. (You can learn more about David’s non-legal writing at his fiction website.) He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for Ancient History Encyclopedia, the world’s most-read encyclopedia about history.
Tech Contracts Academy®, LLC offers training and tools to help companies, government agencies, and contract staff do tech contracts better, faster, and with more confidence. Led by David Tollen, we bring clarity to this complex and ever changing topic.
Tech Contracts Academy® uses David Tollen’s perennial American Bar Association IP bestseller, The Tech Contracts Handbook, as the foundation for its training and tools. We also rely on David’s forte for taking big, complex topics and making them simple, clear, and user-friendly.
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Opening for Training Sales Rep
Tech Contracts Academy® is looking for the right salesperson to join our expanding operation. This person will develop sales opportunities for corporate training on the subject of drafting and negotiating of technology contracts. Sales representative will target supplied lists of companies as well as researching and identifying additional targets.
Sales representative will initiate contact with prospective customers and solicit sales of training seminars on the topic of drafting and negotiating technology contracts. Promotional materials will be supplied. Position requires a consultative sales approach, strong verbal and written communication skills, preparation of sales proposals, consistent follow up and prospect/sales reporting back to the team.