Personal Engagement

I have represented clients in video games and software ever since I opened DPG at Law in 2011. As a lifelong gamer, I feel a strong sense of satisfaction when advising clients on how to properly bring games, apps, and other software to consoles, mobile platforms, and personal computers. I view legal writing as just another programming language, and I use it to provide the best positions possible for my clients.

I have also written popular legal articles on video games and software ranging in topic from copyright issues to the impacts of potential new legislation and have lectured in copyright law for software engineers at the University of Kansas and open source software law at California State University Northridge.

Specialties in Games and Software

I represent clients throughout California as well as both nationally and internationally by providing services such as:

  • Initial business formation
  • Employment and independent contractor agreements
  • Licensing and rights clearance
  • Publishing deals
  • Trademark and copyright registration
  • Advice on open source software

Examples of Work

  • Helping a new independent game developer with initial business formation
  • Drafting and negotiated a publishing agreement for an independent developer
  • Creating music and rights of publicity licenses to clear rights for a new game
  • Writing internal policy for a major video game publisher
  • Reviewing software developer employment and work for hire contracts