Employees v. Contractors - It's No Game!

Cheats for navigating employment and IP issues in the videogame business

June 17, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Program

Sheppard Mullin
333 South Hope Street
47th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Seating for this program is limited. Register now to reserve your seat!

In conjunction with the Video Game Bar Association, Sheppard Mullin is pleased to host breakfast for members of the VGBA followed by a one hour continuing legal education session.

The intersection of IP and employment law within the videogame business can be challenging. Taking a wrong turn may result in not obtaining ownership of the IP that is the key to your business, or in class action lawyers descending on your business like zombies. We address why you need to carefully distinguish between employees and contractors, and how to ensure that you do so in a way that protects your business. Along the way, we’ll battle misclassification, fight the dreaded statutory employee, and help you learn to wield the work for hire agreement and the employee invention assignment clause.


  • Guylyn Cummins (moderator), Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin
  • James Chadwick, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Paul Cowie, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
  • Christine Kurek, Employment & Benefits Counsel, Activision | Blizzard

California CLE
This activity complies with standards for Minimum Continuing Legal Education prescribed by the California State Bar and is approved for 1 hour of MCLE credit. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

New York CLE
This program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1 credit hour which may be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement, and is suitable for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is a State Bar of New York approved MCLE provider.

Questions? Contact Casey Alexander at or 213.830.2012.