Legal & Policy Counsel

Entertainment Software Association
Posted Nov 16
Full Time
Washington DC-Baltimore Area

Entertainment Software Association is seeking a skilled attorney who is passionate about policy and technology to join their dynamic team. The right hire will enjoy working in a collaborative environment, exploring evolving tech policies and gaming.

Position Summary: The Legal and Policy Counsel will advise ESA and its members on legal, regulatory and policy matters that impact the video game industry and related media and technology industries. Reporting to the Senior Vice President & General Counsel, this person will work closely with ESA’s Legal, Government Affairs and Communications & Public Affairs teams to identify legal, regulatory and policy issues relevant to the video game industry, develop strategies to address these issues and support the association in proceedings before state and federal legislatures, government agencies and courts.

Duties of this role include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying, monitoring, and analyzing proposed federal and state regulations and legislation and legal developments related to technology issues impacting the U.S. video game industry.
  • Drafting summaries, legal analyses, policy papers and other appropriate materials.
  • Coordinate with other ESA departments to ensure alignment.
  • Drafting or supervise the drafting by outside counsel of FTC, FCC and other agency filings, legal filings, proposed regulations or regulatory amendments, proposed legislation or legislative amendments and advocacy documents to advance ESA’s policy positions.
  • Support the development of ESA’s policy priorities and related strategies.
  • Effectively represent ESA in coalitions and associations, at multi-stakeholder meetings, and on panels to advance member positions in areas of responsibility.
  • Coordinate with ESA’s international partners, as appropriate, on legal developments and policy priorities.
  • Assist with preparation of newsletters, website updates, periodic reports, board and committee materials and budget materials.


  • Juris Doctor Degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working on technology and/or industry-related issues.
  • Experience working with or in trade associations, government agencies and/or state or federal legislatures.
  • Ability to communicate complex legal and policy issues and craft concise written messaging for a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and consensus-building skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with the video game industry is a “plus” factor.