Daniel F. Forester
  1. Counsel

Mr. Forester is counsel in Davis Polk's Corporate Department, practicing in the IP & Tech Transactions Group. He advises clients on intellectual property and technology issues arising from corporate and commercial transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, data or intellectual property licensing, development and commercialization arrangements, joint ventures and collaborations, financings, restructurings and capital market offerings. He is also a member of the data privacy and cybersecurity practice and advises clients on cybersecurity, personal data, technology and data initiatives, development of privacy and data security policies and in connection with larger strategic transactions. He writes frequently on data privacy and cybersecurity matters.

His experience includes structuring, drafting, negotiating and advising clients on a wide variety of intellectual property and technology related transactions, including software development and license agreements, distribution agreements, research and collaboration agreements, product manufacturing, information technology services arrangements, sponsorship and marketing arrangements, data licenses, trademark license and co-existence agreements, patent acquisition and cross-license arrangements, and other strategic intellectual property and technology related commercial exploitation arrangements.

Key clients include Comcast, Maersk, Related and VF Corporation.

Work Highlights

  • A.P. Møller – Maersk on forming a broad strategic relationship with IBM to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology
  • VF Corporation’s sale of its Nautica® brand business to Authentic Brands Group
  • Related Companies in connection with various sponsorship agreements for Hudson Yards
  • Comcast in connection with negotiation of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) arrangements
  • Advising technology companies on data privacy matters, including in connection with internal policies and data pooling transactions with strategic partners
  • Advice to a technology company on a joint software development agreement
  • Advice to a multi-national financial institution on divestment of a software business unit

Of Note

  • New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Executive Committee Member

Professional History

  • Counsel, 2019-present
  • Associate, 2017-2019

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York


  • B.A., Physics and Philosophy, Cornell University, 2006
  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 2011
    • magna cum laude
    • Notes Editor, Cornell Law Review