Legal Pad was interested in catching up with Nixon Peabody’s new hire: of counsel Patrick Sweeney, the former GC of Brash Entertainment, a video game publisher that distributes content based on major motion picture licenses (such as Alvin & the Chipmunks).
We were particularly interested in what Sweeney thought of the video game industry and legal work since Cal Law had recently run an article about how experts anticipate that such work will increase.
Sweeney, who worked in the video game business for about ten years — including a stint at Vivendi Universal Games — agreed that we’re going to see more from this industry.
“I think that there is a lot of legal work that comes with this industry in general, and that’s only going to grow,” he told Legal Pad on Wednesday. “There’s always been pieces of litigation revolving around the games business, and it’s possible you’ll see larger awards and matters.”
He also pointed out the expansion of outsourcing in the field, and the legal agreements that come along with the increased global elements.
“Making a game is potentially a global development project — it's not all under one roof any more,” he said.
We asked Sweeney what he'd looked for, in his GC days, when hiring outside law firms. The answer was simple: industry expertise and ability.
“As a GC, you have a lot of projects you’re working on, and you don’t want to have to educate your external legal solution,” he said. “You want people who know the deals and can navigate the waters.”
Sweeney is joining Nixon’s interactive entertainment team, a group which has eight lawyers and is anchored in the firm’s L.A. office.
— Kellie Schmitt