I’m a contracts- and intellectual-property attorney and arbitrator in private practice in Houston, representing mainly technology companies. I’m also a part-time adjunct law professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where I teach advanced contract drafting and negotiation to third-year students.
One of my main professional interests is exploring ways to speed up and simplify the contract-negotiation process, in the hope of helping people to do good things more quickly.
I was formerly a partner and member of the management committee at a 150-lawyer intellectual-property boutique law firm. 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” (we were acquired by Symantec Corporation, the world leader in our field), after which I went into practice on my own.
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.
My (German) last name is spelled Toedt but pronounced Tate, the same way Speaker of the House John Boehner pronounces his name. My family has called me “D. C.” since birth because of the Roman numeral III after my name. (And in case you were wondering: No, my own son is not the fourth …. ☺)
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.
For more details about my experience and education, please see my LinkedIn profile.