Ryan Fairchild's diverse practice includes a particular emphasis on the esports industry. He represents players, organizations, and stakeholders in a variety of contract, licensing and corporate issues. Ryan also represents domestic and international clients in state and federal litigation, including in complex business, intellectual property, and constitutional matters. In all matters, Ryan focuses on providing his clients with efficient results and excellent service.
Ryan represents esports players, organizations, and stakeholders in negotiating and drafting contracts, structuring intellectual property protections, and addressing corporate matters. His passion for esports derives from being a lifelong gamer, having played most of the games currently at the forefront of esports (e.g. DotA 2, Counterstrike, Hearthstone, etc.). Ryan understands the various esports ecospheres, cultures and dynamics, and the legal problems that those in the industry face.
A former district court law clerk, Ryan knows the federal court system inside and out. He represents clients in a wide range of complex business, intellectual property, white-collar criminal, and constitutional matters.
Ryan represents both domestic and international companies on cross-border issues such as imports and exports, cargo claims, intellectual property matters, and cross-border transactions. He is an avid traveler and has a deep appreciation for international cultures and commerce.
Panelist, "An Introduction to Esports," Minnesota State Bar Association Arts & Entertainment Law Section Annual Meeting & CLE, Minneapolis, MN, June 2018
Moderator, "Building a Career in Esports Law," Esports Bar Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA, June 2018
Co-author (with Melissa Bailey), "The Business of Being a Pro Gamer: Four Ways to Protect Your Value," Esports Observer, February 2018
Co-author (with Charles Baldwin), "Contracts and Dispute Resolution in Sales of Goods to US Customers," GGI Insider, November 2017
Giving Away the Playbook: How North Carolina’s Public Records Law Can Be Used to Harass, Intimidate, and Spy, 91 N.C. L. Rev. 2117 (2013)
Co-author, Regarding Municipal, Quasi-Judicial Proceedings – Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies, and Applying Collateral Estoppel to Defeat Collateral Attacks (August 2013) (co-written with Keith Johnson of Poyner Spruill)
When Can a Hacker Start a War?, Pacific Standard Magazine, Feb. 26, 2015
Ryan’s varied interests in the law derive from his varied interests outside of it. A double major in Economics and Spanish Translation, Ryan has found that diverse inputs and an open mind lead to cross-discipline connections and creative solutions to complex problems.
Ryan and his wife, Angie, are experienced and seasoned travelers. They have lived on four continents, working in different industries on each one, and traveled a fifth. Their most recent trip, a tour of Mexico, Peru, and the Galapagos Islands, was a chance to get their sons hooked on the travel bug.
When at home, Ryan can often be found spending time outside with his family, reading a book, watching or playing video games, or riding the waves.