David Tollen
Tech Contract Academy


David Tollen is a widely-recognized authority on information technology contracts, including software licenses, data licenses, and agreements about software-as-a-service (SaaS) and other forms of cloud computing. He is a lawyer, law school lecturer, trainer and expert witness. And he is the author of the ABA’s bestselling manual, The Tech Contracts Handbook (ABA Publishing, IP Section 2015).

David practices law with Sycamore Legal, P.C., an IT and IP boutique law firm he founded in San Francisco. He represents banks and other buyers, as well as vendors, in cloud computing agreements, software licenses, and other IT contracts. He also provides advice and assistance related to fintech, data security, e-commerce, privacy, and intellectual property. And he serves as an expert witness in litigation about IT contracts.

In addition, David is the founder of Tech Contracts Academy™, which provides training on IT contracts – for procurement officers, contract managers, and IT staff, as well as for lawyers. And he teaches IT contracts at the U.C. Berkeley Law School.

David graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and has degrees from Cambridge University and U.C. Berkeley. He has served as General Counsel of a publicly traded software company, as VP of Business Development with a profitable technology startup, and as an attorney with Morrison & Foerster. In his spare time, he writes educational fiction for young people, and he is the author of the multiple award-winner The Jericho River, An Adventure Through History.

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