Leadership

Board

Bryce Blum
President

Bryce founded ESG Law, the worlds first dedicated esports law firm, where he represents the who's who in esports, and drives industry standards as a thought leader on key legal and business issues facing all aspects of the esports ecosystem. Bryce also acts as a consultant and esports industry expert, working with parties throughout sports, media, and entertainment to help them capitalize on the explosive growth of the esports industry. Bryce was named to the 2018 classes of the Forbes 30 under 30 and Sports Business Journal/Daily 40 under 40.

Bryce serves as general counsel for the premiere Western esports teams. Bryce's clients are at the forefront of the esports industry, leading their peers in both competitive results and revenue generation, as well as becoming the founding members of the first-ever franchised esports leagues. In addition, Bryce represents businesses and individuals throughout the esports industry—generating content, organizing competitions, casting and hosting premiere events, streaming on Twitch, and creating products that target gamers worldwide. Bryce is also outside general counsel at Unikrn, a worldwide leader in esports betting with investment from Mark CubanAshton Kutcher, and Shari Redstone.

Bryce sits at the intersection of the esports and traditional sports industries, working with major sports teams and owners as they expand their businesses into esports. Bryce represented multiple NBA teams in their acquisition of esports organizations, player rosters, and franchises in esports leagues. Bryce also represents a wide array of esports teams that have taken investment from the owners of sports franchises in the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, MLB, and English Premier League.

Bryce has written numerous op-eds on esports legal & business issues for ESPN, frequently posts on Reddit & Twitter under the handle @esportslaw, appears on TV & various esports talk shows, and speaks at conferences all over the world.

 
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Ryan Morrison
Vice President

Ryan Morrison is a founding partner of Morrison/Lee. He has made a name for himself within the legal industry as someone focused on making sure the law protects everyone, not just the financially superior. Whether it be matters of intellectual property, complex contract issues or just making sure you are comfortable as you take your company forward into the future, Ryan has handled it all. Deemed “The Video Game Attorney” by the countless developers he has helped through his free online legal Q&A’s, Ryan understands that this new and innovative industry requires a new and innovative approach to law. While his passion will forever rest within games and esports, Ryan has taken his experience in keeping his clients protected and comfortable into other areas of entertainment as well. He successfully has and continues to represent large clients in the music, television, podcasting, and film industries. Ryan has a J.D. from New York Law School, a B.A. from SUNY Albany, and is licensed to practice law in New York. Ryan is also CEO of Evolved Talent Agency, an agency that represents many of the biggest and most popular players and content creators in the industry.

 
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Jas Purewal

Jas advises the European esports ecosystem on all key legal and business issues including deals structuring and negotiation, regulatory considerations and the intersections of esports, video games and traditional sport. He specialises in particular in advising developers/publishers/rightsholders but also has significant experience in player and team matters and has represented a number of Europe’s leading esports stakeholders. More generally, Jas is a well-known European digital entertainment lawyer and advises some of Europe’s leading video game developers, publishers and digital broadcast talent.

Jas writes and speaks regularly on esports and video games law and business. He is a co-author of the World Intellectual Property Organisation's textbook on digital entertainment law, a contributor to several other texts and a visiting lecturer at a number of educational institutions. Jas is a UK qualified lawyer who has practised for over a decade variously in London, mainland Europe and California. 

 
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Yan Perng

Yan Perng (first name pronounced like ¥) is Senior Corporate Counsel at NCSOFT West.  NCSOFT is a Korea-based, global video game developer and publisher with offices in Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with successful franchises such as Lineage, Aion, Guild Wars, WildStar, and Blade & Soul.  Yan provides counsel on legal affairs such as intellectual property, corporate governance and development, employment, other business transactions - and of course, esports.  Her practice in the esports industry began as outside counsel at Foster Pepper, a Seattle-based law firm, where she counseled numerous esports players, coaches, tournament organizers, and other organizations on a variety of general as well as esports-specific business and legal needs.  As in-house counsel at NCSOFT, she is developing a deeper and broader understanding of esports and its role in community development, marketing, and user acquisition.  Yan likes to relax after work by putting on a face mask and watching Twitch with her boyfriend and their three cats.  Yan received her J.D. from the University of Washington and is currently based in Bellevue, Washington.

 

Officers

 Harris is an associate at ESG Law, the worlds first dedicated esports law firm.  At ESG, Harris represents preeminent esports teams, talent, and institutions. He also contributes to esports op-eds for ESPN.  Prior to joining ESG, Harris practiced corporate and intellectual property law at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein and Breitstone. He later joined H2K Gaming, one of Europe’s premier League of Legends teams, as its Chief of Operations and Associate General Counsel. Following his time with H2K, Harris began providing legal services to all aspects of the legal community.

Harris is an associate at ESG Law, the worlds first dedicated esports law firm.  At ESG, Harris represents preeminent esports teams, talent, and institutions. He also contributes to esports op-eds for ESPN.  Prior to joining ESG, Harris practiced corporate and intellectual property law at Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein and Breitstone. He later joined H2K Gaming, one of Europe’s premier League of Legends teams, as its Chief of Operations and Associate General Counsel. Following his time with H2K, Harris began providing legal services to all aspects of the legal community.

Harris Peskin
Co-Executive Director

 David Philip Graham was one of the first attorneys in the world to concentrate on esports, having opened his practice to what many still called “competitive gaming” in 2011. Since that time, David has represented clients in every niche of the industry, including pro players and teams, event organizers and broadcasters, merchandisers and fantasy leagues, and more. David has discussed the legal sides of esports and video games in articles, television appearances, conference presentations, university lectures, print interviews, and so on. Through his law practice DPG at Law, David also works with clients in video game development, new media, e-commerce, and intellectual property.  In his spare time, he is one of the most popular fighting game tournament commentators in the world, as well as one of the first, having begun commentating on Twitch since it was called Justin.tv. He has been competing in fighting games since before he’d ever even heard the word “esports.”

David Philip Graham was one of the first attorneys in the world to concentrate on esports, having opened his practice to what many still called “competitive gaming” in 2011. Since that time, David has represented clients in every niche of the industry, including pro players and teams, event organizers and broadcasters, merchandisers and fantasy leagues, and more. David has discussed the legal sides of esports and video games in articles, television appearances, conference presentations, university lectures, print interviews, and so on. Through his law practice DPG at Law, David also works with clients in video game development, new media, e-commerce, and intellectual property.

In his spare time, he is one of the most popular fighting game tournament commentators in the world, as well as one of the first, having begun commentating on Twitch since it was called Justin.tv. He has been competing in fighting games since before he’d ever even heard the word “esports.”

David Philip Graham
Co-Executive Director

 

 Michael is a is a Founding Partner at Morrison & Lee LLP and represents some of the biggest names in the world of YouTube, esports, and entertainment. He has successfully litigated high profile intellectual property matters across the Unites States with these cases leading to hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments. Michael helps creators protect themselves and their creations through intellectual property registration, enforcement, licensing and litigation.  For well over a decade, Michael has focused his practice on all aspects of intellectual property matters including registration, licensing, protecting, and enforcing the rights of trademark and copyright owners. Michael has vast experience creating, implementing and overseeing brand protection programs for some of the most prestigious luxury, technology, entertainment, and gaming companies in the world. Michael also focuses his practice on esports and developing up-and-coming comic book artists, game developers, musicians and other start-ups. He helps these companies formulate a business model including corporate organization, drafts necessary contracts and documents, and advises on brand protection. Michael is a featured lecturer on the convention circuit and blogs about the latest developments in the law at  PiratedThoughts.com .  Michael joins the firm as a Founding Partner after spending eight years at the law firm of Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP. While at his previous firm, Michael was a Partner in the Intellectual Property and Emerging Businesses groups. Prior to being a Partner at Gibney, Michael was an Associate at the firm of Sargoy, Stein, Rosen & Shapiro, LLP protecting the intellectual property rights of major music, motion picture and tech companies.

Michael is a is a Founding Partner at Morrison & Lee LLP and represents some of the biggest names in the world of YouTube, esports, and entertainment. He has successfully litigated high profile intellectual property matters across the Unites States with these cases leading to hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments. Michael helps creators protect themselves and their creations through intellectual property registration, enforcement, licensing and litigation.

For well over a decade, Michael has focused his practice on all aspects of intellectual property matters including registration, licensing, protecting, and enforcing the rights of trademark and copyright owners. Michael has vast experience creating, implementing and overseeing brand protection programs for some of the most prestigious luxury, technology, entertainment, and gaming companies in the world. Michael also focuses his practice on esports and developing up-and-coming comic book artists, game developers, musicians and other start-ups. He helps these companies formulate a business model including corporate organization, drafts necessary contracts and documents, and advises on brand protection. Michael is a featured lecturer on the convention circuit and blogs about the latest developments in the law at PiratedThoughts.com.

Michael joins the firm as a Founding Partner after spending eight years at the law firm of Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP. While at his previous firm, Michael was a Partner in the Intellectual Property and Emerging Businesses groups. Prior to being a Partner at Gibney, Michael was an Associate at the firm of Sargoy, Stein, Rosen & Shapiro, LLP protecting the intellectual property rights of major music, motion picture and tech companies.

Michael Lee
Treasurer

 Krista is an associate attorney at ESG law, the worlds first dedicated esports law firm.  At ESG, Krista represents preeminent esports teams, talent, and institutions. She also contributes to esports op-eds for ESPN. Prior to joining ESG, Krista was a partner with Peterson, Logren & Kilbury where she focused her practice on litigation, general counsel, and transactional work related to the management-side of employment and workplace disputes. She also authored gaming blog articles and was involved in the production of local gaming tournaments.

Krista is an associate attorney at ESG law, the worlds first dedicated esports law firm.  At ESG, Krista represents preeminent esports teams, talent, and institutions. She also contributes to esports op-eds for ESPN. Prior to joining ESG, Krista was a partner with Peterson, Logren & Kilbury where she focused her practice on litigation, general counsel, and transactional work related to the management-side of employment and workplace disputes. She also authored gaming blog articles and was involved in the production of local gaming tournaments.

Krista Hiner
Secretary