Week 12 Guest Speaker – Brian Dartnell


We are fortunate to have Brian Dartnell who is Senior Counsel at Electronic Arts as our Guest Speaker. Brian is celebrating his eighth year with EA this month and will be giving us an overview of the myriad roles counsel plays within a very large video game production and distribution entity.

Brian’s bio (from Linked In):

Senior Counsel, Electronic Arts: November 2005 – Present (8 years 1 month)Vancouver, British Columbia

Responsible for the oversight and management of the legal team in Canada and the delivery of legal services to EA’s Canadian operations. Currently EA operates in 5 Provinces with more than 2000 full and part time employees based in Canada.

The Canadian legal team consists of three lawyers, a paralegal, an immigration specialist and an administrative assistant.

Responsible for providing advice, delivering training and assisting in the development of policy for internal clients on a broad range of legal issues including:

a) “People Matters” – employment, immigration, compensation and benefits, human rights, workers’ compensation, privacy, pension and benefits, and performer related issues;
b) “Corporate Matters” real estate, M&A, licensing, and ecommerce; and
c) Litigation – management of Canadian based litigation

Associate, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP: April 2000 – November 2005 (5 years 8 months)

Employment and Labour Law Practice

Associate, Owen Bird Law Corporation: March 1998 – April 2000 (2 years 2 months)

General Litigation Practice”