I’m an attorney and arbitrator; I maintain a limited private practice in Houston, representing technology-focused companies.
(For those who are curious — a surprising number — my initials stand for “Dell Charles”; because of my Roman numeral, my family called me “D. C.” My (German) last name is pronounced “Tate,” just as U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s name is pronounced “Bayner.”)
One of my main professional interests is exploring ways to speed up and simplify the contract-negotiation process, in the hope of helping businesses collaborate to do good things more quickly. Apropos of that, I publish the Common Draft commonplace book for contract drafters and reviewers.
I’m also a lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center, where I teach advanced contract drafting and negotiation to third-year students.
I was formerly a partner and member of the management committee at Arnold, White & Durkee, a 150-lawyer intellectual-property boutique law firm, one of the largest such firms in the United States.
I left AW&D to become vice president and general counsel of BindView Corporation, a publicly-traded, 500-employee software company, with offices in six countries. As outside counsel, I’d helped the founder to start the company. I served there until the company’s successful “exit” when we were acquired by Symantec Corporation, the world leader in our field.
In between college and law school, I did my ROTC scholarship payback time as a U.S. Navy nuclear engineering officer.
I’m licensed to practice law in Texas and California. I’m also registered to practice in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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For more details about my experience and education, please see my LinkedIn profile.