Unique Expertise, Broad Knowledge
My career as an attorney is the culmination of a lifelong dream. As a child, my family instilled in me an appreciation for critical thinking and engaged discussion that has stuck with me ever since.
As a high school student, I already knew that I wanted to be a lawyer. At UC Berkeley, I majored in Political Science with a special focus on political and legal philosophy. I knew that law school was the next step.
At Georgetown University Law Center, I geared my legal education toward as many copyright, trademark, and entertainment law courses as I could. When I had no more, I began reading philosophy of law and copyright theory outside of class as well.
Eventually, I pursued this specialty even further at UCLA Law School by earning my Master of Laws degree in Entertainment and Media Law and Policy and by joining the UCLA Entertainment Law Review as a Submissions Editor.
My Law Practice
After school, I decided to open my own law practice in 2011 in order to focus on industries and communities that had not yet become popular at larger law firms: esports, video games, and online entertainment. My first clients were friends of mine from my hobbies as a competitive gamer and content creator. They were starting their own businesses in esports, game development, broadcasting, and merchandise and I was a natural fit for their needs. I may have been the first attorney in the world to develop a serious practice in esports law.
Today, I have a transactional law practice focused on contracts, business formation and operation, and intellectual property registration. Although my primary fields are still esports, video games, and online entertainment, my clientele has also often included traditional entertainers, brick and mortar stores entering e-commerce, gaming and gambling businesses, and more.
Over the years, I have become an internationally recognized expert in my practice areas. I have lectured in copyright and software law at California State University – Northridge and the University of Kansas and have spoken at the Game Developers Conference on esports and game development law. I have written popular legal articles on video games and esports ranging in topic from copyright to Title IX to the impacts of potential legislation. I have been consulted on potential esports-related regulations by both the United States government and the government of France. I have been an expert guest on live television for Al Jazeera English and have been interviewed by Forbes, ORF, the BBC, Yahoo, ESPN, and many more. I was also an original Co-Executive Director for the Esports Bar Association, the world’s first professional association for esports law practitioners.
- University of California, Berkeley: B.A., Political Science
- Georgetown University Law Center: J.D.
- University of California, Los Angeles: LL.M., Entertainment and Media Law and Policy
Lectures and Panels
- Copyright and Licensing Issues in Open Source Software, California State University – Northridge, 2009 to 2011
- Legal Issues in Competitive Gaming, GDC eSports Summit, 2015
- Introduction to Copyright for Software Engineers, University of Kansas, 2017 to present
- Issues in Collegiate Esports, Esports Bar Association Conference, 2018
- Legal Basics for FGC Players with Ryan Fairchilid, CEO 2019, 2019
- Analysis of Capcom’s Take Down Requests, 2011
- Mortal Kombat 9, First Sale, and the Power of Clever Lawyers, 2011
- Tolling the Stream: Be Jailed for Streaming?, 2011
- Inviting Regulation: The Sportsification of Video Games, 2013
- Player Contracts and Unions in the LCS, 2014
- Quick Analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Leak, 2015
- Copyright Law and the Vanishing of Dragon Ball FighterZ, 2018
Interviews and Appearances
- Turn Your Gaming Hobby Into Your Small Business, PCWorld, 2011
- League of Legends Pro Gamers = Athletes?, Tech Feed, 2013
- Discussing the legality of NSA spying on gamers online, Al Jazeera America, 2013
- How Pro Gamers Deal with Peaking And Life After Esports, GameInformer, 2017
- Super Smash Bros. Anti-Harassment Group Faces Resistance, Polygon, 2018
Professional Associations and Memberships
- California Bar, 2010 to present
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2011 to present
- Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2013 to present
- Video Game Bar Association, 2013 to present
- Esports Bar Association, 2018 to present