Practice overview

Brad is a business-savvy technology and licensing transactions attorney with over a decade of Executive/General Counsel experience, focused on the unique needs of innovation-centric companies working in digital media, technology, and interactive entertainment. With 20 years of background as both external and in-house counsel, Brad has represented a range of technology and media organizations from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Brad is also a trained mediator.

In 2014 and 2016 Brad was awarded the "First Chair Award" for top General Counsel. The First Chair Award is an annual selection of in-house counsel who have, through their hard work and innovation, made significant contributions to the legal community. The award program honors the top in-house counsel for their accomplishments in the past year in a wide range of categories.

Client feedback

"I've worked with Brad for many years, and he is one of my most-valued, go-to resources.  He has everything I'm looking for in outside counsel:  experience; intellect; domain knowledge; practicality and business-oriented judgment; responsiveness; and cost-effectiveness.  Most recently he has handled licensing matters for a SaaS line of business that we acquired.  He saved us from hiring another in-house or contract attorney to handle the influx of new contracts, and we spent far less than we would have with a firm."  Invitae 

“Brad has been very helpful in several legal endeavors that we recently have embarked on involving contracts, terms of service and privacy policies. We are fortunate to have met Brad as he brings many years of experience working with other technology companies. He is flexible in working with us via tools and services that our business uses and is very responsive to all communications. We plan to continue to work with him for many years to come." VeeroTech

"In just two months of working with Brad, we've been extremely pleased with how responsive and knowledgeable he is as our general counsel. He does a great job of looking out for smaller businesses. Also, thanks to the depth of his experience, he has a great network he can refer you to when there is an expertise he believes would be better served by another lawyer. We really trust Brad and are looking forward to a long relationship with him." Creative Market

"Very glad we hired Brad for our project! His knowledge and passion shine through as he helped our company gain insight about the IP, Parody, and Trademark jungle. Will be back!" PunPantry

"Brad was great to work with! He went above and beyond at understanding my specific needs and implementing them. He was extremely knowledgeable and had great solutions to all of my problems. I will be working with Brad for all of my attorney needs! 10/10"  The VJ Collective

"I can highly recommend Brad. He's super fast, communicates well and has tons of experience in technology." Maximillion Media Group

"Brad is fantastic to work with and walked us through all the details of our projects, and delivered quality work quickly."  WeLens

Representative clients

Creative Market

First Do No Harm

GameChangerSF

GreatHorn

IAC: Dotdash, Invetopedia, NurseFly

Invitae

Paladin Drones

Pandora

Penske Media

Take-Two Interactive

The Game Agency

Token Transit

Wonks Know

Xero

Focus on technology and digital media law 

Brad utilizes decades of executive-level senior legal experience with digital media and technology companies to pragmatically and effectively assist his clients with drafting and negotiating technology agreements and product legal review.

 

Brad drafts and negotiates a wide range of technology transactions, such as:

Internet: Content/Data Licenses, Affiliate and Platform Terms, Analytics and Tracking Relationships, Commerce and Payment Agreements

  • As General Counsel of PlayFirst, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of About.com (now DotDash), and Senior Director of Shockwave.com and AtomFilms, Brad has been at the forefront working with Internet companies that pioneered new forms of content distribution and marketing

Software/SaaS: License Agreements, EULAs and OEM, Reseller and Referral Agreements, Subscription Agreements, and Technology Partner Agreements

  • Brad has drafted and negotiated a wide range of software and SaaS agreements for such companies as MTV, Harmonix, IAC Applications (Slimware and Ask Applications), AtomShockwave, and numerous other companies, as in-house and external counsel

Video Games: Development and Distribution Agreements, Third-Party IP Licenses, Mobile Games, Game Engine Licenses

  • In addition to serving as Vice President and General Counsel for PlayFirst, Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for MTV Games and Harmonix, and Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs for Take-Two Interactive, Brad developed one of the first law school courses on video games and law which he taught at UC Berkeley School of Law

Online Advertising: Advertising and Sponsor Terms, Ad Networks, Optimization Agreements

  • Brad was senior IP counsel for Organic, one of the first digital agencies; He has supported ad sales teams for companies such as Shockwave.com, AtomFilms, and About.com; He has also negotiated numerous in-game ad placement agreements

Mobile: Development, Distribution, API Licenses

  • As Senior Vice President and General Counsel of IAC Applications, Brad oversaw all legal affairs for Apalon, a leading mobile app developer

Terms:  Terms of Use, Privacy Policies, Developer Terms

  • Brad has drafted terms of use, EULAs, and privacy policies for a wide range of products and services including desktop software, mobile apps, SaaS, video games, and websites

Merchandise: Licensing and manufacturing

  • Brad has handles merchandise license and product manufacturing agreements for such companies at MTV Games, Harmonix, and Take-Two Interactive.

 

Product legal review:

  • Review online product pages, user flows and consent dialogs​

  • Draft terms of service and privacy policies​

  • Review data collection and sharing practices​

  • Analyze open source license terms and third-party developer and app store terms​

  • Advise on advertising, copyright, trademark, and open source​

  • Coordinate with your product, finance and internal legal terms on product legal issues

 

© 2017-2020 Law Office of Brad Simon

1630 Dublin Road

Richmond, MA  01254 USA

brad@bradsimonlaw.com

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