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Stuart Irvin advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property and commercial transactions, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, and licensing agreements. He has worked extensively with video game publishers and developers on the in-licensing of intellectual property and on the creation of esports leagues. His work on esports matters has included assistance in structuring the league to reduce risk to the parent company and the drafting of contracts with media partners, teams, players, sponsors and other stakeholders.

  • Structured transactions and negotiated agreements for The Washington Post, Samsung, Reliance, NFL, National Geographic, Qatar Foundation, Tencent, Bacardi, Riot Games, Blizzard Entertainment, and a number of small- and mid-size companies.
  • Advised international environmental organizations in the negotiation and documentation of debt-for-nature swaps, including a deal that reduced the sovereign debt of the Government of Belize to the Government of the United States by half, a transaction in Peru that will help conserve an area of tropical forest that is larger than the State of Virginia, and two transactions in Panama that will help protect thousands of acres in the vital Panama Canal watershed and in the unspoiled Darién gap region.

Pro Bono

  • Counsel to Developments in Literacy, a US nonprofit founded to provide education to disadvantaged children, especially girls, in the underdeveloped regions of Pakistan.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees, Arts & Technology Academy, a DC public charter school located in Ward 7 (2009-2014).
  • National Law School of India University in Bangalore, Visiting Professor (International Licensing Transactions) (2005, 2009)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law (International Business Transactions) (1996-1998)

Previous Experience

  • Matsuo & Kosugi, Tokyo, Foreign Law Advisor (1993-1994)
  • Variety recognized Mr. Irvin in its 2020 Dealmakers Impact Report as one of the "top negotiators that have kept Hollywood humming."
  • IAM Patent 1000 - The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2020) - “Commercial IP wizard Stuart Irvin is often called upon where pending litigation could threaten the life of the company and a way out is needed. He has a rare knack for getting complex tax provisions and other corporate deal terms down on paper in a way that preserves his client’s product development flexibility” (2016). Mr. Irvin “has carved another niche in the videogames and e-sports scenes; his nimble management of the moving pieces of complex transactions would impress any pro StarCraft player” (2017). "Irvin has a gift for settlement transactions and IP and technology driven deals of all kinds" (2019).
  • Legal 500 US (2013-2017)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, The Nature Conservancy (shared with Evan Cox and the Covington team) (2008)
  • National Legal Advocate for Children Award, the Child Welfare League of America (1997)