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Announcement: The Common Draft sample contract term sheets and clauses are posted (in draft); I plan eventually to turn the annotations and commentary into a book. If you’d like to be notified of significant updates, send your email address to me at dc@toedt.com. Don’t worry, I won’t spam you or sell your email address.

D. C. Toedt III

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

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.

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

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

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