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Chief Counsel IP Protection amp Security

Company name
Entertainment Software Association .

Washington, DC

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IP Protection & Security (DC)

Reports to:

Senior Vice President & General Counsel


8+ years as a practicing attorney

Position type:


Position Summary:

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the leading U.S.

publishers of computer and video games, seeks a senior attorney to fill the role of

Chief Counsel, IP Protection & Security. The ideal candidate will have experience

in intellectual property enforcement and will be proficient in intellectual property

matters, cybersecurity policy issues, personnel management, and budgeting. The

Chief Counsel will report to the Senior Vice President & General Counsel and will

have at least eight (8) years of legal practice, which can include a combination of

private practice, in-house, government and/or NGO experience. Because this role

requires outreach to internal and external stakeholders, strong interpersonal skills

are paramount for any successful candidate.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Manage Overall IP Protection & Security Program

Coordinate with ESA member companies to identify and establish global

IP protection and security priorities on a year-to-year basis.

Develop budgets and action plans for programs and initiatives aimed at

achieving IP protection and security goals; manage all program-related


Supervise and manage work of staff members consisting of one counsel

and six to seven non-lawyers.

Provide regular reports and updates to the ESA Senior Vice President

& General Counsel on the progress of the program.

2. Manage Member Company IP Protection Working Group

Schedule and convene weekly conference calls with member

companies to discuss IP protection initiatives; prepare agendas and

briefing materials, as needed.

Convene in-person, member-company meetings, including arranging for

venue and logistics for such meetings and preparing agendas and

meeting materials; prepare and distribute meeting minutes, as needed.

3. Manage ESA’s Foreign Enforcement Programs

Manage operation of foreign enforcement efforts, including overseeing

retention, management, and evaluation of vendors and law firms.

Prepare and distribute reports to member companies on progress of

foreign enforcement program activities.

4. Manage Online and Other Enforcement Programs

Manage online monitoring and enforcement programs, whether

performed by ESA staff or outside vendors.

Negotiate and manage services contracts with vendors; conduct

periodic evaluations of services provided by vendors.

Review IP enforcement-focused legal work performed by ESA staff and

outside counsel.

Oversee law enforcement training activities.

Coordinate and/or participate in multi-stakeholder enforcement


5. Manage Cybersecurity Program

Lead ESA member company discussions on cybersecurity issues.

Provide legal advice for information-sharing practices, including on

antitrust, organizational governance, and engagement with vendors and

outside counsel, as needed.

Represent ESA in multi-stakeholder cybersecurity initiatives.

Provide internal advice to ESA on cybersecurity policies and practices.

6. Policy Management

Work with ESA member companies to identify policy priorities and

objectives pertaining to IP protection and cybersecurity issues.

Track key legislation and policy initiatives pertaining to IP protection and

cybersecurity matters; advise ESA member companies on related legal

and policy developments.

Coordinate with ESA legal staff and government relations team to

identify opportunities to engage with key policymakers on strategic


Pursue policy objectives by meeting with legislators, regulators, and

their staff members; filing comments on proposed rules.

Develop and maintain relationships with other industry groups to

facilitate collaboration on issues of common concerns.

7. Staff Management

Manage IP Protection & Security staff by providing guidance and

direction on specific matters as well as on overall career development


Conduct formal review of staff on an annual basis.

8. General Responsibilities

Provide written submissions and updates on the IP Protection & Security

program for reports to the ESA Board and the ESA Annual Report.

Attend and represent ESA at meetings with law enforcement officials.

Participate in briefings for ESA’s lobbying consultants and with

Congressional staff.

Work with communications team on responses to press requests on IP

protection and cybersecurity matters.

Attend and represent ESA in multi-stakeholder meetings related to IP

protection and cybersecurity matters.

9. Skills & Abilities


Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.

A proactive, collaborative work ethic.

Strong networking and relationship-building skills.

Experience investigating illegal activities that take place online.

Working knowledge of the legal remedies that can be used to combat

online intellectual property infringement.

Negotiation, conflict resolution, and project management experience.


Enthusiasm regarding the intersection between technology and

entertainment law, with a specific interest in the video game industry.

Personnel management and budgeting experience.

Participation in and/or leading multi-stakeholder coalitions.

Working knowledge of the legal issues and/or external pressures that

influence corporate decision making.

10. Minimum Education and Experience

Juris Doctor or Master of Laws degree from an ABA-accredited


8+ years of active legal practice.

Active bar membership in at least one (1) U.S. jurisdiction.

Ideal candidate will possess some combination of private practice, in-

house and/or government/NGO experience.

ESA offers competitive salaries and bonuses, generous benefits and a

commitment to life/work balance. If you believe you meet our requirements, please

forward your resume and cover letter for confidential review to Beth Cessna,

Consulting Recruiter, at

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