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Best selling author of  "The Practical Guide to Software Licensing and Cloud Computing"
American Bar Association Press (8th edition)

H. Ward Classen, Esq.

Expert Witness Software Transactions and Licensing

Over 30 years of legal experience focused on software-related legal matters:
  • Software Development Agreements

  • Software Licenes  

  • IT Outsourcing

  • Cloud Computing - Software as a Service

  • Hosting 

  • Professional and IT Consulting Services

  • Value Added Reseller Agreements (VARs)

  • Non-disclosure Agreements (NDAs) 

  • Escrow Agreements

  • Resolving IT Related Disputes (both pre-litigation and during litigation)

  • Statements of Work (SOWs) 

  • Information Technology Agreements

  • Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Application Programming Interfaces

  • Software Development Kits (SDKs)

  • Distribution Agreements

  • Procurement Agreements 

  • Marketing Agreements

  • OEM Agreements

  • Subscription Agreements

  • Procurement Agreements

H. Ward Classen

Software and Technology Licensing Experience
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       Ward Classen is an experienced expert witness who has published

and has spoken extensively. His book on software licensing and

cloud computing published by the American Bar Association,

The Practical Guide to Software Licensing and Cloud Computing

(8th ed. 2024 ABA Press) has been widely cited and quoted by

both by courts and academic institutions including the

American Law Institute in its treatise Principles of the Law

of Software Contracts.


       As a practicing attorney, Ward has worked for many of the

leaders in the technology industry including Accenture,

Computer Sciences Corporation (now DXC Technology) and

InterDigital Corporation. At CSC, Ward was responsible for all

commercial legal matters including software licensing, IT outsourcing

and software development.

     His experience includes software development, software licensing, IT outsourcing, cloud computing (Software as a Service), hosting, professional and consulting services, Statements of Work, Application Programming Interfaces (“APIs”), Software Development Kits (“SDKs”), development agreements, distribution agreements, procurement agreements, purchase agreements, VAR, OEM and reseller agreements, non-disclosure agreements and subscription agreements.

       As an expert witness, Ward has supported both plaintiffs and defendants in software licensing, cloud computing and related disputes in both federal and state courts including class action litigation as well as arbitration. Representative clients include Dykema, Gordon Rees, Milbank LLP, McDermott Will & Emery,  White and Case LLP and WilmerHale.

       Ward is an AV rated lawyer who serves on the Editorial Board of The Computer & Internet Lawyer and was previously Chair of the Business Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association as well as President of the Baltimore Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.



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