Irish Legal 100


SEAN F. Kane is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC in New York, and is co-chair of the Interactive Entertainment Group where he represents a variety of companies in the video game and social media industries.

Kane’s clients often are on the cutting edge of media, content and technology creation where rapid innovation is leading to the birth of new products, companies and industries. He has considerable experience negotiating video game licenses and developer and publisher agreements, and in protecting the intellectual property rights of video games and related social media applications, including trademark and copyright protection, clearance and enforcement.

Kane has worked at the forefront of the interactive entertainment industry for the past decade and has represented clients on transactional matters involving various business segments, such as console and PC video games, virtual worlds, eSports, online gaming, social gaming, mobile and tablet gaming, virtual currency, mobile apps, social media, computer software and the Internet.

His clients range from start-ups to the largest developers and publishers in the video game industry. He counsels and works with clients to structure, negotiate and implement complex video game content acquisition, development and distribution deals.

Kane is frequently quoted by the media and has written extensively on legal topics relating primarily to intellectual property and entertainment issues. He is the co-author of Video Game Law: Everything You Need To Know About Legal and Business Issues in the Game Industry, and is a founding member of the Video Game Bar Association.

Variety magazine named Kane to its 2017 Dealmakers Elite New York list and 2016 Legal Impact Report. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500.

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Kane was special counsel to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and founder of Kane & Associates LLC, where he served as chair of the firm’s Interactive Entertainment Practice Group.

Kane earned a BA from Villanova University, where he had a concentration in Irish studies and spent a semester abroad at University College Dublin. He earned a JD from Fordham Law School.

Married with two children, Kane’s grandparents came from Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim and Boggauns, Co. Galway. He holds an Irish passport and is a member of Fordham University’s Clan na Gael. He has participated in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade for more than 40 years.





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