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Dell Charles “D.C.” Toedt III

[It's possible that you're looking for Maretta Toedt or Richard Toedt or Elizabeth Toedt]

I’m a practicing attorney and arbitrator; I maintain a limited private practice in Houston, rep­re­sent­ing technology-focused companies. I’m also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Cen­ter, where I teach advanced contract drafting and nego­ti­a­tion to third-year students.

(My (German) last name is pronounced “Tate,” incidentally, 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.

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 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 five-year 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.

Any views I might express here are my own and not necessarily those of my clients, my former employer, my former law firm, etc., etc. Please see also the Cautions page.

Contact: dc@toedt.com | Twitter: @DCToedt

For more details about my experience and education, please see my LinkedIn profile.

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