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Christopher Battles

Attorney for Shanahan Law Group, PLLC

Christopher Battles is an award-winning attorney who has been with the Shanahan Law Group, PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina since 2011. His practice focuses primarily on complex corporate litigation, but he has experience in a wide range of practice areas, including employment law, contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property, and commercial arbitration. Christopher has litigated cases involving the Civil Rights Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, the Uniform Commercial Code, federal and state trade secret law, and the North Carolina Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. He also closely monitors major lawsuits and other developments in video game law.

Christopher frequently represents clients before the North Carolina Business Court and all three United States District Courts in the state. He has also practiced in the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the Court of Appeals of North Carolina. Christopher is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association, and served on the NCBA Young Lawyers Division Wellness Committee in 2015.

Christopher has been selected as a “Rising Star” by North Carolina Super Lawyers every year since 2014. The annual selections are made using a multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation, and peer reviews by practice area. Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in North Carolina are selected to receive this honor.

Christopher is originally from Kent, Ohio. He graduated magna cum laude with honors from The Ohio State University in 2008, earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in both economics and political science. He received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the Duke University School of Law in 2011.

Talk Description:

Video Game Law: I Swear It’s Important and Interesting

Full disclosure—a lawyer probably can’t help you be a better game developer. But if your goal is to build a successful and long-lasting company, and to compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace, it’s worth the effort to protect yourself and get educated about things like business structure, employment agreements, and your intellectual property. In a world where nearly anyone can create a Kickstarter campaign or publish a video game on Steam, treating yourself like a professional—and your studio like an investment—is one of the smartest decisions you can make.

This presentation will cover the basic aspects of video game and business law that are vital to building a strong foundation for your company. We’ll also take a look at some of the most high-profile video game law stories from 2016, and discuss their insights for developers and other industry professionals.

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