Scholl-Tatevosyan Irene

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan



Irene is an experienced trial attorney and litigator representing clients in high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts, alternative dispute tribunals, and before administrative agencies. She litigates such matters from inception through trial and appeals, having appeared before the California Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit. As a labor and employment specialist, she also counsels employers on compliance with state and federal regulations that govern their relationships with their employees. Leveraging her experience as an all-around litigator allows her to provide comprehensive advice and counseling and litigation-avoiding strategies for her clients’ businesses.

What do you focus on?

Esports & Gaming

I launched the firm’s Esports and Gaming Industry group—one of the first dedicated esports groups among AM100 law firms. As a lifelong gamer, I am incredibly passionate about this industry and thrilled to be a part of its ongoing evolution. Partnering with my esports and gaming clients, I counsel them on a full range of legal issues to ensure their businesses thrive. I regularly publish and speak on legal topics affecting the industry and am active in the gaming community. I recently helped launch a professional Women in Gaming network in Southern California, which meets quarterly for programming and networking events. I was also appointed the Vice President of the Esports Bar Association.

Labor & Employment

I regularly advise healthcare, technology, and other industry clients on matters affecting their workplace and employees. During COVID, I counsel companies on the new related leave regulations and remote working arrangements. I also handle all phases of employment litigation from discovery to dispositive motion practice and trial. I litigate wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation cases, wage and hour actions, and workplace safety (OSHA) matters.

Complex Litigation

I litigate complex commercial disputes involving breach of contracts and fiduciary duty, trade secrets, and other high-stakes litigation, including art displaced during times of conflict. I have worked with clients across industries ranging from semiconductors and three-dimensional technology to biotechnology and healthcare. I excel at understanding complex businesses and processes in the context of legal issues, and resolving disputes in a manner that best serves my client’s interests.

What do you see on the horizon?

Unionization is and will continue to be a topic of conversation in the esports industry. While the history and function of unions in traditional sports is instructive, for esports, there are also key differences that must be considered that make esports unique, such as the fact that there are multiple game titles instead of a single game that is played.

Representative Experience

Gaming & Esports Representative Work:
  • Advising one of the biggest dedicated esports companies in the world on U.S. labor and employment matters.
  • Conducted independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment for esports company.
  • Partnered with a VR company to provide legal advice and counseling with respect to tournament rules for a VR fighting game, and ancillary services for its first ever VR tournament.
  • Advised an esports platform that provides online tournaments about U.S. regulatory laws governing the space of online gaming tournaments with cash prizes, drafting Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and counseling on the employment-related issues.
Trial Work:
  • Second-chaired precedential OSHA hearings for large healthcare provider involving personal protective equipment in the workplace.
  • Second-chaired an arbitration involving a breach of contract action brought by a former executive for a solar company.
  • Second-chaired an NLRB hearing involving the issue of the NLRA conflicting with immigration laws for a client in the entertainment business.
  • Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, 05-cv-03459 JFW (Ex): involved in all phases of trial preparation and trial for highly publicized bench trial that resulted in a complete defense verdict.
Appellate Work:
  • Lyles v. Dollar Rent A Car, Inc., 19-55589 (9th Cir.): Ninth Circuit affirmed the trial’s court grant of summary judgment preventing plaintiff from amending her complaint. Ms. Scholl-Tatevosyan was involved with all stages of trial and appellate work.
  • Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation; 15-55550, 19-55616 (9th Cir.): Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding at trial that the institution is the lawful owner of the artwork at issue. The plaintiffs’ petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court is pending.
  • Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, 10 Cal. App. 5th 1150 (Ct. App. 2017), review denied (July 12, 2017): Published opinion represents the first time a California Court of Appeal has evaluated whether an employer’s refusal to rescind a resignation amounts to an adverse employment action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Recognizing that this issue had not been previously addressed by the state courts, the court affirmatively held that the refusal to rescind a resignation is not an adverse employment action under FEHA.
  • Johnson v. Kaiser Found. Hosps., No. B268801, 2017 WL 2200140 (Cal. Ct. App. May 19, 2017): California appellate court affirmed state court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of defendants, concluding that it lacked jurisdiction over the plaintiff’s claims for retaliation and wrongful termination in violation of public policy under the preemption doctrine enunciated in San Diego Bldg. Trades Council et al. v. Garmon 359 U.S. 236 (1959).
  • Timothy O. v. Paso Robles Unified School District, 14-55800 (9th Cir): Filed amicus brief on behalf of Learning Rights Law Center, in support of appellants child and parents.

Presentations & Publications

  • “World business report,” BBC World News, August 6, 2021
  • “FTW with Imad Khan,” Dot Esports, August 1, 2021
  • “Gambling & Esports: Major Revenue Opportunities, Major Legal Risks,” 2021 SLA Annual Meeting, May 21, 2021
  • “Esports: A Thin Line Between Work and Play,” American Bar Association; National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law Conference, April 2021
  • “Home Alone: Gaming Explosion During COVID,” Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Webinar, March 12, 2021
  • “Women in Gaming,” Los Angeles Venture Association, Webinar, October 15, 2020
  • “Gamer Safe Place,” Engine Media Inc., October 1, 2020
  • “Next Level: The Past, Present and Future of Esports Law," North Carolina Bar Association, Expert Series CLE, June 1, 2020
  • “Think - How Integral is the Development of Media Rights in Esports to the Industry at Large?” ESI Digital Summit, Webinar, May 26, 2020
  • “COVID-19 & Post COVID-19: The State of the Gaming & Esports Industry Webinar Happy Hour,” Nixon Peabody, Webinar, May 12, 2020 
  • “Esports: Labor & Employment Issues,” February Finale (eSports), Cary, NC, February 2020
  • “Game On: The Billion Dollar Esports Industry,” International Council of Shopping Centers Western Conference & Deal Making, Los Angeles, CA, September 2019
  • “The most pressing legal issues in esports,” Esports Insider, June 2019
  • “Future Forum: The Future of Esports in L.A.,” Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, April 2019
  • “Esports Legal Issues, Gamer Rights, and Dispute Resolution,” Esports Summit: State of the Industry and Legal Implications, Malibu, CA, March 2019
  • “Women in Gaming,” Esports Activate, New York, NY, March 2018
  • “How the Global Evolution of Esports Will Change the Industry,” Hollywood Entertainment Technology Festival, Los Angeles, November 2017
  • The Requirements of California Wage and Hour Law: A Primer,” Labor & Employment Bulletin, September 2017
  • “The Future Is Female—How Women Are Playing a Crucial Role in the Growth of E-sports,” XLIVE, New York, August 2017
  • “Nixon Peabody eSports Intensive,” Nixon Peabody, Los Angeles, CA, June 2017
  • “L&E gets Trumped for 2017: New year, new laws and what to expect from the new presidential administration,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, Los Angeles, January 2017

World business report

BBC World News | August 06, 2021

In the following podcast and broadcast segment, Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan discusses the potential for regulators to take a stronger look at the gaming industry following the recent lawsuit filed by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against Activision Blizzard. The discussion also touches upon efforts made in the gaming industry to increase diversity, unionization, and ways that publishers and other gaming companies can take a proactive response to address potential workplace culture issues.

FTW with Imad Khan

Dot Esports | August 02, 2021

In the following podcast and broadcast segment, Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan discusses the potential for regulators to take a stronger look at the gaming industry following the recent lawsuit filed by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against Activision Blizzard. The discussion also touches upon efforts made in the gaming industry to increase diversity, unionization, and ways that publishers and other gaming companies can take a proactive response to address potential workplace culture issues.

Biggest Wage and Hour Rulings of 2020

Law360 | December 18, 2020

This end-of-year review quotes Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan on California’s A.B. 5, noting how court cases are beginning to define parameters of the statute and what it will mean on a practical basis.

Prized Camille Pissarro painting can stay at Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, U.S. Court of Appeals rules

ARTnews | August 19, 2020

This article discusses a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that unanimously affirms that NP’s Spanish client, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, is the rightful owner of a prominent artwork by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. The article quotes Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Arts & Cultural Institutions team leader Thaddeus Stauber on the decision. The NP team also includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Sarah Andre, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian, and Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, all of Los Angeles.

A Spanish Museum Can Keep a Looted Camille Pissarro Painting, an Appeals Court Rules

Artnet News | August 18, 2020

This article discusses a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that unanimously affirms that NP’s Spanish client, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, is the rightful owner of a prominent artwork by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. The article quotes Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Arts & Cultural Institutions team leader Thaddeus Stauber on the decision. The NP team also includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Sarah Andre, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian, and Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, all of Los Angeles. Click here to read the article.

As esports take off, questions abound over players' rights of publicity

LegalTech News | November 21, 2019

Los Angeles Labor and Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan talks about the increasing sophistication of esports player contracts, a trend fueled in part by game publishers and investors showing interest in more standardized pacts.

E-sports practices get boost with teen's Fortnite win

LegalTech News (Law.com) | August 05, 2019

This article highlights Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Ben Kim and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan for leading the e-sports practice at Nixon Peabody, one of only a few such practices at large law firms.

Storms on the horizon after high court’s Dynamex ruling

Los Angeles Daily Journal | July 10, 2019

Partner Ben Kim, counsel Alicia Anderson and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, all of the Labor and Employment group in Los Angeles, co-wrote this contributed article. The authors analyze the impact of a California Supreme Court ruling that drivers for Dynamex, a package delivery company, are employees rather than independent contractors.

Ask the Esports Lawyers – Answering the most important questions in our industry

Esports Insider | June 07, 2019

Los Angeles Labor and Employment partner Ben Kim and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan discussed the most pressing legal issues in esports in this Q+A with Esports Insider.

In Long-running dispute over Nazi-looted masterpiece, judge reluctantly rules against heirs

American Lawyer | April 30, 2019

In the following media coverage, Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner Thad Stauber is quoted on Tuesday’s federal court ruling that found the Madrid-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation is the rightful owner of a Camille Pissarro painting.  Thad and Los Angeles partner Sarah André, counsel Aaron Brian, and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan represented the Foundation in this matter.

Spanish museum can keep Nazi-looted masterpiece, judge rules

Bloomberg | April 30, 2019

In the following media coverage, Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner Thad Stauber is quoted on Tuesday’s federal court ruling that found the Madrid-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation is the rightful owner of a Camille Pissarro painting.  Thad and Los Angeles partner Sarah André, counsel Aaron Brian, and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan represented the Foundation in this matter.

Hertz workers' wage, rest break certification bid hits speed bump

Law360 | November 04, 2018

San Francisco Labor & Employment partners Bob Dolinko and Seth Neulight and Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan are mentioned in this article for their representation of Hertz in a matter regarding employees wage and rest break.

Contact

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan

Associate

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6012


Fax: 844-848-4452

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., Shattuck Award Recipient, Content Editor for the Interdisciplinary Law Journal

University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., magna cum laude

California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

  • Vice President, Esports Bar Association 
  • Video Game Bar Association
  • Women in Gaming (of Southern California)
  • Women in Health Administration of Southern California
  • Armenian Bar Association
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