I’m an attorney and arbitrator; I maintain a limited private practice in Houston, representing technology-focused companies. I’m licensed to practice law in Texas and California, and am registered to practice in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
I’m a part-time law professor, teaching contract drafting as a blend of business law and upper-division writing skills.
As a side project, I write and maintain the Common Draft online deskbook of contract clauses and templates, with extensive annotations and commentary; I use those materials in my client work and law-school courses.
In response to a colleague’s suggestion, I’ve posted a detailed response to a published questionnaire about my arbitration style and preferences.
I was formerly a partner and member of the management committee at Arnold, White & Durkee, a 150-lawyer intellectual-property boutique litigation 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.
I was the lead author and editor of the first edition of The Law and Business of Computer Software, a one-volume treatise now published by Thomson Reuters.
I’ve been active in bar-association work throughout my career; I also do a fair amount of non-profit work.
In between college and law school, I did my ROTC scholarship payback time as a U.S. Navy nuclear engineering officer (the Rickover program) and surface warfare officer, including three years of sea duty, with two overseas deployments, aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE.
My undergraduate degree (in math, with high honors) and law degree (law review) are both from the University of Texas at Austin.
Incidentally, my last name is pronounced “Tate” (it’s German), just as former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s name is pronounced “Bayner.” My given name is Dell Charles, but I go by “D.C.,” which my family has called me since birth because of my Roman numeral, so as to avoid confusion with my dad and my grandfather.
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For more details about my experience and education, please see my LinkedIn profile.