Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP recently launched a video game industry group. The interdisciplinary team includes a core group of 20 attorneys from among the firm's 11 offices and most practice groups, including intellectual property, entertainment and media, business trial, corporate and labor and employment.
"The idea to formally launch a video game team was conceived by associate Shawn Foust, based on his interest, enthusiasm, and desire to align his practice with his industry knowledge," said Robert Beall, Sheppard Mullin's administrative partner and business trial practice group leader.
"Shawn is entrusted with leadership in this initiative and will work closely with a core group of partners, who bring decades of experience representing gaming and tech clients. This burgeoning team is an excellent example of the entrepreneurial opportunities available to the firm's associates, and the teamwork our clients value."
Bob Gerber, a partner in the firm's Del Mar Heights office, will be among those working closely with Foust.
In recent years Sheppard Mullin has represented Activision, Aruze, Comcast, Electronic Arts, Game Show Network, Namco Bandi Games America and Zeebo, among others.
"The video game industry deserves a firm that is willing to commit to servicing the full range of unique issues game companies face," Foust said. "By combining our extensive legal experience with our industry knowledge, we aim to protect our clients' businesses, products and services, and help ensure that innovation will continue to define this amazingly vibrant industry."