Haynes and Boone Named A Top 30 Law Firm For Interactive Gaming and Cyberspace Law


DALLAS – Interactive Age has named Haynes and Boone, LLP among the top 30 law firms for business and technology issues pertaining to video games, new media and interactive entertainment.

Interactive Age’s survey showed only 530 attorneys nationwide are focused on the rapidly developing gaming industry, which is exhibiting explosive growth and an increasing number of transactions. Haynes and Boone has more than 70 full-time intellectual property and technology attorneys with a dozen focused primarily on gaming and cyberspace law.

“Gaming and cyberspace law is becoming a significant component of our overall intellectual property practice and sees a lot of cross-over with traditional IP and technology issues,” said David McCombs, partner and chair of Haynes and Boone’s firmwide technology practice. “The constant evolution of this sector leaves companies facing quick decisions in somewhat uncharted territory. Our lawyers are helping clients implement strategies for long-term growth and sustainability of their business goals, customer privacy and portfolio protection priorities.”

The Interactive Age rankings were released in advance of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law Game::Business::Law summit. The annual conference unites global video game industry leaders, developers, publishers, lawyers and venture capitalists to explore trends in the marketplace.

Andy Ehmke, a partner in the firm’s IP practice and head of the gaming and cyberspace group, has been an active participant in Game::Business::Law since its inception three years ago.

“Game::Business::Law is quickly becoming the essential forum for leaders in this industry,” Mr. Ehmke said. “The issues affecting gaming-related companies span the legal spectrum, from intellectual property law to corporate law, employment law and litigation. It is imperative that lawyers are monitoring and assessing legal and technological developments in order to guide clients and ensure they, their games, and their ideas are protected.”

At the Jan. 26 Game::Business::Law summit, Mr. Ehmke will serve on a panel discussing the risks and obligations associated with privacy rights and personal data. The panel will be moderated by SMU Dedman School of Law Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen and will include Jennifer Archie of Latham & Watkins, Dr. Joshua Fairfield of Washington & Lee School of Law and Berin Szoka of TechFreedom. 

Interactive Age Editorial Director N. Evan Van Zelfden called SMU's annual Game::Business::Law summit the premier forum for gaming attorneys looking to stay engaged with the ever-changing video game industry. "The event gives attorneys the chance to interact with industry executives and the general counsels from firms they might represent on future actions, " Van Zelfden said.

In his practice, Mr. Ehmke focuses primarily on intellectual property portfolio development and management with a focus on computer, video game and cyberspace law. He regularly advises clients in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing a wide variety of commercial licensing and related transactions involving technology and intellectual property. He is a founder and regular contributor to the successful blog “Lawyers in a Gamer's World” (www.lawyersinagamersworld.com).

The third annual Game::Business::Law Summit, hosted by SMU's Dedman School of Law, The Guildhall at SMU and the Center for American and International Law, runs Wednesday, Jan. 26 through Thursday, Jan. 27, in Dallas. Conference details, scheduled speakers and additional information can be found at www.game-business-law.com.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With more than 550 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been named one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2009) and recognized as a “Top 20 Law Firm” for culture and for diversity with respect to both women and minorities (Vault, 2011).

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