Art & Entertainment Law Section Annual Meeting and CLE: An Introduction to E Sports

Event Description

Deadline to Register:  June 25, 2018

12:00 pm - Registration and lunch (Lunch provided)
12:30 pm - Annual Meeting and Elections
1:00 pm - CLE Program

Annual Meeting and Elections:
The Art & Entertainment Section Annual Meeting and Elections will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm, follow by the CLE program. Please join us for lunch beginning at 12 noon. At this meeting, the section will conduct officer elections for the 2018 - 19 bar year and discuss plans for the upcoming year.  All section members are encouraged to attend and vote. Remote participation is available for those who cannot attend the annual meeting in person.

CLE Description:
E Sports is defined as a multiplayer video game played competitively for spectators, typically by professional gamers. Huge games you may have heard of includes League of Legends, World of War Craft, Counterstrike, and Rocket League. These games, combined have generated millions of dollars in prizes and sponsorships and is anticipated to reach 1.5 billion by 2020. Along with that comes a lot of legalities that require a closer look. A panel will give an introduction to E Sports and provide insight into the fast growing sport including relevant publishing and IP rights, sponsorship contracts, and league governance. The panel will further tackle how to develop a practice around the teams, players, sponsors, and leagues in the burgeoning industry.

Why Attend?
Meet experts in the field and learn about the fastest growing sports and industries in the world. Millions of dollars of investment is being poured into the sport through new arena builds, game development, and team purchases. Find out the legal nuances that come with this now billion dollar sport.

Who May Attend?
Members of the MSBA, law students, the public.

Joshua Schaub : Attorney at Gutwein Law, and MSBA Art & Entertainment Law Section Secretary

Josh will give brief introductory remarks and update attendees on the Art & Entertainment Section programming development and collaboration. He will also help lead the panel. Josh focuses his law practice primarily on general corporate and international Sports and Entertainment Law. Within Sports Law, he works with major, minor, and collegiate leagues and teams all over the world that are seeking ways to operate more efficiently and effectively, increase league revenue and team valuations, and ultimately, grow through high-level legal counsel. The advice Josh gives his clients is rooted in more than a decade of experience in the sports industry. As Commissioner of the Major Arena Soccer League, Co-Founder of Da Beauty League, former CEO/Co-Owner of the Joliet Slammers, and Associate Scout at the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Josh brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on all sides of the table to Gutwein Law’s Sports Law practice.

Krista Hiner: Attorney at ESG Law

Krista graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010 and joined the law firm of Peterson, Logren & Kilbury in St. Paul where she where she focused her practice on litigation, general counsel, and transactional work related to the management-side of employment and workplace disputes. She also counseled local tournament producers, authored gaming blog articles, and was involved in the production of local gaming events. In 2017, Krista joined ESG Law, the world’s first dedicated esports law firm, merging her years-long passion for gaming with her experience in the legal field. At ESG, Krista represents preeminent esports teams, talent, and institutions. She handles significant work relating to talent contracts, internal staff, general business matters. She further advises on employment law and general business matters, supports the fast growing infrastructure of the esports industry, and contributes to esports op-eds for ESPN.

Ryan Fairchild : Brooks Pierce, Wilmington, NC

Ryan represents esports players, organizations, and stakeholders in negotiating and drafting contracts, structuring intellectual property protections, and addressing corporate matters.  His passion for esports derives from being a lifelong gamer, having played most of the games currently at the forefront of esports (e.g. DotA 2, Counterstrike, Hearthstone, etc.).  Ryan understands the various esports ecospheres, cultures and dynamics, and the legal problems that those in the industry face.

Harris Peskin : Attorney at ESG Law

Harris is an Associate Attorney at ESG Law, the leading law firm in the esports industry. With ESG, Harris represents seven of ten North American League Championship Series teams, six of twelve Overwatch League and their non-endemic partners, such as the owners and ownership groups of Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and several others. Harris has worked directly with game developers and league operators to negotiate for fairer revenue sharing and governance agreements on behalf of ESG's clients. He has also played an important role in working on some of the industry's largest sponsorship deals, player contracts and player transfers, in addition to numerous other transactional matters. Harris is the first attorney to file an EB-1A visa application on behalf of an esports player. Prior to joining ESG, Harris worked as the Chief of Operations and Association General Counsel for H2K where he helped broker one of the largest acquisitions of a European based team. In his career, Harris has contributed to notable publications like ESPN, and the Daily Dot, where he has written about important topics such as governance and esports economics. Harris has led marketing efforts that have garnered international attention and appeared in notable publications like ESPN, Yahoo News, The Score, and several other major news providers.

CLE Credit:
1 Standard CLE credit approved | Event Code:  259179

Remote Participation:
Remote participation is available. Please indicate this option when you are registering.  Instructions will be sent via email one day prior to the CLE.

Art & Entertainment Law Section Member:  Free
MSBA Member but not a member of the Art & Entertainment Law Section:  $10.00
Non-MSBA Member:  $15.00
Law Student:  Free

Join the Art & Entertainment Law Section:  MSBA members who are not members of the Art & Entertainment Law Section can join the section and attend this event for FREE. Contact Tram Nguyen at 612-278-6316 to register under this option.

Questions? Contact Tram Nguyen | 612-278-6316

If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify Tram Nguyen at or 612-278-6316. Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations at this meeting.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall #380
Minneapolis, MN 55402