Why Smithline Training?

Built for Practice.

Our Courses are carefully constructed by lawyers with decades of experience. We explain the law, work through real life hypotheticals and provide practice tips so you can implement what you learn immediately in practice.

Two-Step Training Approach

  1. Watch an online Episode.
  2. Join us for a discussion Roundtable.

Proven Experience

Our courses are deeply informed by our instructors’ decades of experience representing some of the finest companies in Silicon Valley.

Open to All

Everyone is welcome. Whether you are an in-house, law firm or solo attorney, or deal with these issues from a procurement, business, or engineering perspective, we think you will find something of interest in our Courses.


Our online Episodes are available whenever and wherever you are.


Downloadable checklists, flowcharts or other Tools are provided with each Episode to help you put what you have learned directly into practice.


Ask questions and share best practices with fellow participants at our online and in-person Roundtables.



Todd Smithline is managing principal of a boutique San Francisco law firm representing leading Silicon Valley companies and teaches video game law at UC Berkeley School of Law. He is the former general counsel of Marimba, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRBA, later acquired by BMC Software) and Shockwave.com. Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine has twice included Todd in its list of the 250 “World’s Leading IP Strategists.” Todd began his career at Latham & Watkins and Gunderson Dettmer and is a graduate of UCLA School of Law. Todd is admitted to practice in California and Washington State.


Derek Schwede represents some of the largest Internet brands in the world as principal of a boutique San Francisco technology transactions law firm. Derek also leads client teams representing software/SaaS and data analytics companies and oversees development of firm practice resources. Derek began his career at Morrison & Foerster and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Derek is admitted to practice in California and Washington State.

Gavin Zee is principal of a boutique San Francisco technology transactions law firm where he leads client teams representing online advertising, wearable tech, industrial device and software/SaaS companies. Gavin also takes a lead effort in the firm’s attorney supervision and training programs. Gavin began his career at Wilson Sonsini and is a graduate of Columbia Law School. Gavin is admitted to practice in California.

Guest Instructors

Sonali Maitra is a Partner in the San Francisco IP litigation firm Durie Tangri where she acts as lead trial counsel for some of the world’s leading technology companies and has developed expertise in a number of very different legal fields. Sonali is a litigator before all, and has extensive experience with patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, class action, video game, and privacy litigation. Sonali is also a lecturer at Stanford Law School where she teaches Video Game Law.


Mark Webber is the U.S. Managing Partner of the European law firm Fieldfisher. Mark is CIPP/E certified, an IAPP Privacy Faculty Member and co-author of the UK chapter of Global Security and Privacy Law published by Wolters Kluwer. Mark is a U.K. solicitor and Registered Foreign Legal Consultant with the State Bar of California.

Unlimited Subscription Offer

Rather than just one course, pay $1,000 for unlimited access to all Courses (including Episodes, downloadable Tools and Roundtables) for one year.