Provides Opinion & Testimony In:
Software, software Development, Software Licensing, Licensing, Outsourcing, Cloud, Cloud Computing (SaaS and IaaS), Software as a Service, Hosting, Professional Services, Consulting Services, Statements of Work, SOWs, Information Technology, IT, Internet of Things (IoT), Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), Software Development Kits (SDKs), ERP, SCM, CRM, EULAs, Open Source, Mobile Applications, Development Agreements, Distribution Agreements, Procurement Agreements, Purchase Agreements, Marketing Agreements, Sales Agreements, VAR, Value Added Resellers, OEM and Reseller Agreements, NDA, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Subscription Agreements, Procurement Agreements, Contingent Labor Agreements, Resolving IT related disputes both pre-litigation and during litigation.
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
Master of Business Administration received May 1990
The Columbus School of Law
The Catholic University of America
Juris Doctor received May 1985
Corpus Juris Secundum Award for significant legal scholarship
Catholic University Law Review
Best Competition Article
Editor in Chief
The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy
Catholic University of America
Bachelor of Arts in Economics received May 1982
Senior Counsel, Discovery Education, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland (2018 to Present)
Advise PE backed company in its spin-off from Discovery Communications LLC. Draft, review, and negotiate domestic and international licenses and development agreements, SaaS/hosting/cloud agreements. Counsel executive management on all intellectual property matters.
General Counsel, Astea International Inc., Horsham, Pennsylvania (2016 to 2018)
Responsible for all legal and human resources matters of a publicly held global software company including drafting and negotiating all software licenses and development agreements, SaaS/hosting/cloud agreements, litigation, general corporate matters and intellectual property protection. Develop and draft all corporate policies and procedures as well as template agreements for use by Astea’s global sales teams. Advise executive management on all legal issues including potential litigation and intellectual property matters.
Accenture LLP., Arlington, Virginia (2014 to 2016) a $33B NYSE company
Supported the development of Accenture’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform on a global basis including drafting and negotiating agreements for all third party components (software, hosting, APIs, and SDKs), client agreements (both for SaaS and on-premises licenses), mobile app EULAs, and open source components.
Advised Accenture’s Mobility development teams on the creation and development of new IoT vertical offerings and mobile apps including potential regulatory issues, privacy/data impact assessments and all related marketing collateral.
Developed Accenture Digital’s offshore non-disclosure (NDA) review process and managed the review of all NDAs and open source software for Accenture’s Mobility practice.
H. Ward Classen Consulting, Baltimore, Maryland (2013 to Present)
Drafted and negotiated a broad range of global commercial agreements and documents including software licenses, hosting and cloud agreements, mobile application and development agreements, distribution agreements, procurement and purchase agreements, services agreements, SOWs, marketing and sales agreements, global OEM and reseller agreements, and equipment manufacturing agreements.
Representative clients include: Accenture, LLP, Air Distribution Technologies, Inc., Air System Components, Hart & Cooley, Johnson Controls Corporation, Koch Filter, Pace Harmon, Inc., Philo Broadcasting, Inc., Ridge Partners, LLC, Ruskin Companies, Secure-24, Inc., Selkirk Corporation, TheoremReach LLC. and Wink N Nod, LLC.
Computer Sciences Corporation (now DXC Technology), Falls Church, Virginia, a $15.5B NYSE company
Deputy General Counsel, Hanover, Maryland (2008 to 2013)
Associate Deputy General Counsel, Hanover, Maryland (2004 to 2008)
Assistant General Counsel, Hanover, Maryland (1996 to 2004)
General Counsel, Secretary, CSC Intelicom, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland (1990 to 1996)
Drafted, negotiated and advised on complex global commercial agreements including software development agreements and licenses, cloud (SaaS and IaaS), hosting and subscription agreements, professional and IT services agreements, SOWs, marketing and sales agreements, procurement agreements, global alliance and reseller agreements.
Lead attorney for CSC’s $10B domestic commercial business units, including Communications, Outsourcing, Business Solutions, World Sourcing and all industry verticals including Financial Services, Banking, Insurance, Healthcare and Technology.
Spearheaded development of CSC’s evolving global IP policies and global IP portfolio.
Significant international experience in Europe, South and Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Asia handling all aspects of commercial transactions and local compliance issues.
Led legal support for CSC’s $6B global supply chain and successfully transitioned legal support for CSC’s supply chain to India.
Associate General Counsel, Assistant Secretary, International Mobile Machines Corporation (now Interdigital Corporation), King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (1987 to 1990)
Provided legal support for all commercial operations for a $30MM publicly held technology/manufacturing company, including technology development and licensing agreements, investment banking activities and litigation management.
Coordinated preparation and approval of all public materials, press releases and shareholder communications. Initiated and implemented corporate export and trademark policies and securities compliance procedures.
Managed risk management program, and all securities filings.
Associate, Weinberg and Green (now Saul, Ewing), Baltimore, Maryland (1985 to 1987)
Associate in corporate and healthcare departments.
Author, A Practical Guide to Software Licensing for Licensees and Licensors (6th ed. 2016 ABA Press)
Editorial Board, The Computer & Internet Lawyer
Past Chair, Business Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association
Past President, Association of Corporate Counsel, Baltimore Chapter
Admitted to Maryland and the District of Columbia