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The Firm

Don't let the legal world intimidate you. We can make it much less scary.

“Why did I become a lawyer in the first place? Because someone has to look out for the people who have no one on their side.”

                                                        – Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney

In the world of entertainment, few people are walked over more than independent game studios. Your titles are stolen, your artwork copied, and if you see a slight hint at success, some big bank account bully comes and forces you out of the app store. Well, not anymore.  We here at the Law Offices of Ryan P. Morrison will make sure, not only that you are protected, but that you also understand how the law works. We offer a completely free consultation to figure out where your company is and what you need to properly move forward. Trust us, we’re video game attorneys.

We will always speak to you in plain English, without a shroud of legalese.

Trust The Law Offices of Ryan P. Morrison for matters of:

  • Start-Up Packages
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • All Things Video Games
  • Terms of Service
  • Privacy Policies
  • Employment Agreements
  • Immigration
  • Corporate Formation
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Contracts
  • Patents

 

About Us
Ryan P. Morrison

Ryan P. Morrison

Founder (212) 858-9596

Having worked for both a respected law firm and a successful video game company, Ryan decided to combine both worlds by opening his own office to help the industry he loves. Ryan is licensed to practice in the state of New York.

Stephanie Gibbs

Stephanie Gibbs

Of Counsel

Stephanie is an immigration attorney who represents individuals, families, and small businesses. Bringing that great programmer or artist stateside? Stephanie has you covered. Stephanie is admitted to practice law in NY and NJ.

Howard Eichenblatt

Howard Eichenblatt

Of Counsel

Howard, our resident patent attorney, is enthusiastic about technology, design, and innovation. He is committed to providing affordable legal services to start-ups and small businesses alike. Howard is licensed in NY, NJ, and before the USPTO.

Ma’idah Lashani

Ma’idah Lashani

Law Clerk

Ma'idah is a law student at UNC Chapel Hill, and a staff member on its Journal of Law and Technology. She also works as the International Game Developers Association’s community liaison.​

Testimonials

Don't take our word for it. Hear what others have to say.

 

“Ryan has been an indispensable part of our startup. He has been there for us day and night to meet our uncertainties with confident guidance and support. When launching our first product he helped us figure out what battles were worth fighting, where the easy wins are, and at we should just leave alone. Getting our product out the door would not have been possible without him.” 

Jason Lemieux - Vernal Creative

 

“Very few young attorneys are as smart, personable and trustworthy as Mr. Morrison. He is a rising star in his field, able not only to navigate complicated situations but to do so with class and integrity.”

Alan Schwarz – New York Times

 

“Being a low budget indie game developer, it can feel overwhelming to deal with the legalities of creating a game, but it is an absolute necessity.  After doing a fair amount of research we decided to give Ryan a shot and I can sincerely say he has exceeded our expectations in every way imaginable.  Ryan’s approach is completely different; He is on a much more personable level than any other lawyers we’ve encountered.  Ryan has been an extremely valuable resource for us throughout our development cycle of Grimoire and I would absolutely recommend him to other developers.” 

Channing Burell, Brent Caulfield, and Kyle Phillips – Omniconnection

 

“He is not the hero video game developers need… actually he sort of is the hero video game developers need, particularly if they’re fighting against the bullies of the games industry and feel overwhelmed.”

Mark Serrels – Kotaku (Read Article Here) 

 

“With most lawyers, I worry that they’re not entirely on my side, like they’ll try to nickel-and-dime me somehow. That was never the case with Ryan. He was prompt, friendly, and professional, but most importantly, he understood my perspective as an indie game designer. It was a pleasure to work with him..”

Edward McNeill – DarkNet

Blog

We Like to Write. Hope You Like to Read.

4Jun 2015

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A Jailbroken System

A Jailbroken System

Ma'idah Lashani

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Who owns the games that we play? The answer may seem obvious, but it isn’t. The question of whether video games are sold or licensed to purchasers has simmered atop the surface of the games industry for years. In the beginning the issue felt semantic, as buyers had not yet been playing games
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16Dec 2014

This isn’t Censorship, it’s Intelligence

This isn’t Censorship, it’s Intelligence

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You’ve probably seen by now that Hatred has been pulled by Steam. In what more...

20Nov 2014

An Open Letter to Reddit

An Open Letter to Reddit

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Hi folks, My name is Ryan Morrison, and I go by /u/VideoGameAttorney on Reddit. more...

4Oct 2014

Video Game Law Guide: Part One

Video Game Law Guide: Part One

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            What Every Game Studio or Hobbyist Needs to more...

5Sep 2014

My Response to Vubui, Mojang, and everyone who asked me to weigh in on the Wesley Wolfe situation

My Response to Vubui, Mojang, and everyone who asked me to weigh in on the Wesley Wolfe situation

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For those of you who don’t know me, I am Ryan Morrison, or “VideoGameAttorney” more...

15Aug 2014

False Advertising in Video Games – Aliens, SimCity and Your Wallet

False Advertising in Video Games – Aliens, SimCity and Your Wallet

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Check out my article on False Advertising in the gaming industry by clicking here! more...

29Jul 2014

What is a Video Game Lawyer?

What is a Video Game Lawyer?

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Check out my article on Law Technology Today here: http://www.lawtechnologytoday.org/2014/07/whats-video-game-lawyer-can-become-one/ more...

10Jul 2014

Bar Games: King Candy’s Trademark Attempt at Crushing The Banner Saga

Bar Games: King Candy’s Trademark Attempt at Crushing The Banner Saga

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This is the first in a bi-weekly-ish series for Gamefront.com. Enjoy!   http://www.gamefront.com/king-candys-attempt-at-crushing-the-saga-trademark/ more...

15May 2014

Copyright Starter Kit

Copyright Starter Kit

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by Sungjin Joo   When you make something, whether its art, music, code, or more...

14Mar 2014

Trademarks: The Basics

Trademarks: The Basics

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  Some of this may seem repetitive from my last article, but I wanted more...

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