Scholl-Tatevosyan Irene

Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan



Irene is a labor and employment specialist and commercial litigator who leads the firm’s dedicated Esports and Gaming Industry Group. She represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment and litigates high-stakes commercial disputes.

What do you focus on?

Esports & Gaming

In 2015, 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 also regularly publish and speak on panels (see below for my recent work), 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.

Labor & Employment

I also regularly advise health care and technology clients on matters affecting their workplace and employees. I handle all phases of employment litigation from discovery to dispositive motion practice and trial. In addition, 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 health care. 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 Matters

  • Advise one of the biggest dedicated esports companies in the world on U.S. labor and employment matters.
  • Partner with a virtual reality (VR) company to provide legal advice and counsel with respect to tournament rules for a VR fighting game, and ancillary services for its first ever VR tournament.
  • Advise an esports platform, which provides online tournaments, about U.S. regulatory laws governing the space of online gaming tournaments with cash prizes; draft Terms of Service and Privacy Policy; and counsel on employment-related issues.
  • Litigate complex commercial disputes for companies in industries ranging from semiconductors and three-dimensional technology to biotechnology and health care.
  • Currently litigating four wage and hour actions, including one that involves commission plans.
  • Represented the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation in a federal district court trial in which the court delivered a defense verdict for the Spanish Foundation. Served as a trial chair and assisted with all pre-trial filings. The matter was appealed and litigation continues. Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, 05-cv-03459 JFW (Ex).
  • Second-chaired an arbitration involving a breach of contract action brought by a former executive at a solar company.
  • Second-chaired an NLRB hearing involving the issue of the NLRA conflicting with immigration laws.
  • Represented a client in the first time the California Court of Appeal evaluated whether an employer’s refusal to rescind a resignation amounts to an adverse employment action under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Court affirmatively held the refusal to rescind a resignation is not an adverse employment action under FEHA. Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, 10 Cal. App. 5th 1150 (Ct. App. 2017), review denied (July 12, 2017)
  • Represented a client in a matter where the appellate court affirmed the state court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of defendants, concluding it lacked jurisdiction over 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). Johnson v. Kaiser Found. Hosps., No. B268801, 2017 WL 2200140 (Cal. Ct. App. May 19, 2017)
  • Filed an amicus brief on behalf of Learning Rights Law Center in support of appellant’s child and parents. Timothy O. v. Paso Robles Unified School District., 14-55800 (9th Cir)

Presentations & Publications

  • “Esports: Labor & Employment Issues,” February Finale (eSports), Cary, NC, February 2020
  • “Technology in Labor and Employment Law,” American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law's National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, Washington, DC, April 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

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.

The requirements of California wage and hour law: a primer

Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin | August 31, 2017

Los Angeles labor and employment counsel Dale Hudson and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan authored this article on California’s wage and hour mandates for employers.

Ten legal issues to watch when it comes to eSports

Forbes | May 18, 2017

Associates Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, Matt Morris, Chris Queenin and Brianna Howard co-authored this article about legal issues the booming eSports industry should consider.

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

  • Women in Gaming (of Southern California)
  • Women in Health Administration of Southern California
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