Smithline PC - What We Do


We help Internet, SaaS/software, device and video game companies structure, draft and negotiate the deals that are critical to their businesses. Our focus on technology transactions means we have the up-to-the-minute knowledge necessary to help our clients make the most of their deals with their developers, partners and customers. MORE +


We advise clients on the legal aspects of using open source both internally and as part of their proprietary products. We also advise companies on making contributions to open source projects and releasing code under open source licenses. MORE +


For each of our areas of focus, we provide forms, checklists and other practical tools customized for each client’s specific needs. We also provide a series of training programs targeted directly at the issues our clients face in their day-to-day negotiations. MORE +

“We can count on Smithline PC for insightful feedback, judgment and guidance for any deal. They have become trusted business partners for Adobe’s growing business.”

– Joe Ramirez, VP Licensing & AGC, Adobe Systems

“We have great trust and respect for their work. Their turnaround times and availability are awesome. Most importantly, they really understand our SaaS business.”

– Joe Whitty, VP Finance, Moovweb

“Their knowledge of the law and complex IP negotiations is stunning and their turn-around times are impressively fast.”

– Steve Woolven, President of Applanix (Trimble)

“Our ace in the hole for the business' most critical transactions. ”

– Joe Berkowitz, Deputy GC and Global Head of Partnerships, Xero

“Pragmatic advisers on the leading edge of licensing, software and technology.”

– Keenan Conder, General Counsel, Tableau Software

What's New

SF Bar Fixed-Fee Billing Program Now Online

Alternative fee arrangements are all the buzz, but very few firms have taken the plunge to drop the billable hour entirely in their engagements with demanding corporate clients. In this OnDemand program from the San Francisco Bar Association, Todd Smithline of Smithline PC and Ryan Tyz of Tyz Law Group cover both the practical and […]... MORE +

Todd Smithline Teaching Video Game Law at Berkeley Law School

For the ninth year, Todd Smithline is teaching Video Game Law at U.C. Berkeley (Boalt) School of Law in Spring 2018. More information here.... MORE +

Welcome Andrew Rogers

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Rogers has joined the firm as an Associate. Andrew joins us from Sullivan & Cromwell where he was a corporate associate. Andrew is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Northwestern University School of Law. For more information about Andrew, please see his bio here.... MORE +