Co-Founder & Board Member, VGBA
David has a wide-ranging international law practice, advising clients from around the world in matters such as developing and publishing games and related technology licensing; mergers and acquisitions in the game industry; licensing of brands, character, comic book, entertainment and sports properties; film and TV distribution; and book publishing.
David has practiced law in the entertainment industry since 1981. Prior to entering private practice in early 1993, David spent over twelve years at Paramount Pictures, where he counseled on a wide variety of legal matters ranging from production, marketing and distribution of motion pictures to licensing and merchandising of character and entertainment properties. In 1986, he was promoted to Vice President, Legal Affairs for Paramount’s Marketing Division and, until he entered private practice, was in charge of the legal and business affairs of Paramount’s Licensing Department, where he played an active role in all aspects of Paramount’s global licensing operations.
Since entering private practice in 1993, David has represented leading publishers and developers of video and computer games, as well as property owners licensing game/digital rights.
David is a Co-Founder and current President of the Video Game Bar Association. He is a frequent lecturer on legal and business issues in the video game industry at game industry events such as the Game Developers Conference GDC Europe, E3, Australian Game Developers Conference, AnimFx (New Zealand), as well as at events sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute, Loyola Law School, Southwestern Law School, Beverly Hills Bar Association, California Lawyers for the Arts and the Santa Monica Bar Association. From 2007 to 2011, David was as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, teaching Video Game Law.
David received his B.A. from The George Washington University in 1976 and his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1980. David is admitted to practice law in New York and California.