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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., magna cum laude
University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., Shattuck Award Recipient, Content Editor for the Interdisciplinary Law Journal
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