CVGLS 2019 Speakers
Ross A. Hersemann
Founder, Loading Law
Ross is the Founder of Loading Law, a Chicago-based law practice, and provides legal counsel to video game developers and entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Ross is also the Organizer of the Chicago Video Game Law Summit and an Adjunct Professor of Video Game Law at DePaul University. He speaks frequently on hot topics in law and technology. Ross also serves as the Chair of IGDA Chicago, Chair of the CBA YLS Creative Arts Committee, and Vice Chair of the ABA Digital Games and New Media Committee.
Liz Surette is an attorney serving the game development community by providing a variety of legal services specific to protect their assets. She has written articles for Gamasutra, and has spoken about legal issues in games at PAX East, local game development events, and the American Bar Association's Business Law conference.
Brandon J. Huffman
Founder, Odin Law and Media
General Counsel, IGDA
Brandon J. Huffman is an attorney and founder of Odin Law and Media, which focuses on counseling video game and interactive media clients on issues related to intellectual property and corporate growth, content, licensing and publishing. Brandon also serves as general counsel to the International Game Developers Association. His clients include game and software developers, new and traditional media companies, animators and others at the intersection of technology and creativity. He is the engagement editor for Business Law Today and he chairs the Sports and Entertainment Council of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Stephen McArthur, The McArthur Law Firm
Stephen McArthur is a video game lawyer and founding attorney of The McArthur Law Firm. In more than ten years of practice, Stephen has performed legal work for a wide spectrum of clients worldwide such as Rovio, BlackBerry, and the RIAA. His current clients range from large entertainment companies like Legendary Pictures, to esports teams like Team SoloMid, to video game companies that create popular indie games like Cuphead and Shovel Knight. Before founding his firm, Stephen was an attorney for several years each at the premier national law firms of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in NYC and Irell & Manella in Los Angeles.
Stephen was named a 2016, 2017, and 2018 “Super Lawyers” Rising Star, received a perfect 5.0 AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, was rated a perfect 10.0 from AVVO who awarded him its 2015 Clients’ Choice award for Intellectual Property. In 2018, Los Angeles Magazine named him one of the top 100 Up-And-Coming Attorneys in California. Stephen earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 2007 where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems.
Joe Newman, Privacy & Consumer Protection Attorney
Joe specializes in Privacy, Consumer Protection, IP, and other cutting-edge Cyberlaw issues. He is also an avid musician and composer, and loves to play the saxophone and piano.