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David Tollen is the author of the American Bar Association’s bestselling manual on technology contracts, The Tech Contracts Handbook: Software Licenses, Cloud Computing Agreements, and Other IT Contracts, for Lawyers and Businesspeople (ABA Publishing / IP Section 2015), and also the author of The Tech Contracts Pocket Guide (iUniverse 2006). He's the founder of Sycamore Legal, P.C. in San Francisco.His practice focuses on technology agreements, privacy and information security compliance, intellectual property counseling, industrial and commercial design transactions, and electronic commerce. His work includes all forms of intellectual property law, and he has broad experience with cloud computing, protection of private electronic data, international transactions, complex software integration agreements, and procurement contracts for financial institutions.


David also provides trainings on negotiating and drafting technology contracts, for both lawyers and businesspeople. And he's a frequent speaker on IP and IT law.


Contact info

Sycamore Legal, PC

555 Montgomery St., Suite 1650
San Francisco, CA, 94111

Practice areas


  1. Internet: 30%
    21 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 30%
    22 years
  3. Contracts: 30%
    20 years
  4. Privacy: 10%
    14 years



Hourly ($1-2/hour), contingent (1-2%)

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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best SellerABA Publishing2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselCentura Software Corp.1998 - 2000
N/AMorrison & Foerster LLP1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember of the Board2010 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
TechContracts.comvarious articles2011
The Tech Contracts HandbookABA book2010
The Tech Contracts Pocket Guidebook2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Cambridge Faculty of LawN/ALL.M - Master of Laws1994
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of California - BerkeleyN/AOther - Bachelors1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Governing CommitteeCloudy with a Chance of Contracts: How to Negotiate SaaS and Other Cloud Agreements2014
Barristers Club of San FranciscoSaaS and Other Cloud Computing Agreements.2014
Annual Meeting of the California Banker’s AssociationCloud Computing Agreements2014