areas of expertise
Dorian Slater Thomas practices in the firm’s Interactive Entertainment Group and Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Group, where he handles a wide range of transactional work for prominent agencies, brands, platforms, developers, publishers, and individual creative talent. Variety includes him as an “Up Next” honoree in their 2022 Legal Impact Report. The Legal 500 lists him as a “Rising Star” in advertising and marketing for 2021.
Mr. Thomas has experience advising some of the world’s best-known gaming and technology companies, including developers and publishers, in the interactive entertainment industry. He has negotiated and drafted development/publishing agreements, licensing agreements, software (SasS) agreements, and operational agreements across various digital media platforms.
Mr. Thomas also negotiates and drafts advertising and marketing services agreements, whether in the interactive entertainment industry or otherwise. He regularly handles creative services agreements, talent, spokesperson, endorsement and influencer agreements, sponsorship and promotion agreements, branded entertainment agreements, agency and management agreements, production agreements, license agreements and releases.
Mr. Thomas also advises clients on a variety of development, advertising, marketing and intellectual property law matters — including copy and content review, network clearance, social media guidelines, copyright issues, and right of publicity issues. In addition, he has experience with privacy and data security matters, including negotiating and drafting privacy and data security practices and policies.
Mr. Thomas is an active member of the Frankfurt Kurnit Diversity Committee. He is admitted to practice in California and New York.
awards & recognition
Variety's Legal Impact Report "Up Next" honoree 2022
The Legal 500 "Rising Star" 2021 (Advertising and Marketing)
Tulane University Law School (J.D., 2013)
University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A., 2008)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
San Diego Comic-Con 2022
July 24 2022
1st Scientific Meeting of ABPI Study Committees
Dorian Slater Thomas speaks during the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association’s (ABPI) Online Games Study Committee Panel,"Intellectual Property in Video Games and Metaverse Platforms." Read more.
June 21 2022
ASIPI Seminar 2022
June 6 2022
Maryland State Bar Association Legal Summit
June 3 2022
Ask an Attorney: A Legal Resource for Game Developers
March 24 2022
IP Licensing and the Metaverse: Practical Considerations and Key Provisions for Agreement
Jennifer Batista and Dorian Slater Thomas are panelists during Strafford’s webinar, “IP Licensing and the Metaverse: Practical Considerations and Key Provisions for Agreements.” More information here.
December 7 2021
Frankfurt Kurnit’s Virtual Sixth Annual Advertising Law Summit
We fill your screen with thought leaders from the FTC, NAD, SAG-AFTRA and our own ranks to tackle the most challenging legal and business issues facing advertisers today. Read more.
June 24 2021
ABA Panel: Recent Tattoo and Video Game Cases
Dorian Slater Thomas is a panelist during the ABA’s Visual Arts & Dramatic Works Committee and Digital Games & New Media Committee’s presentation on Recent Tattoo and Video Game Cases.
November 5 2020
Candice Kersh, Gregory Boyd, Wendy Schechter, Matthew Vittone, Dorian Slater Thomas and Jordyn Eisenpress present “ICYMI…” during Frankfurt Kurnit’s Fourth Annual Advertising Law Summit at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi in New York.
June 10 2019
Be the Change: Frankfurt Kurnit’s Third Annual Advertising Law Summit
Changes in advertising law are inevitable. The changes come from regulators and self-regulators. They come from privacy and data security czars. They come from the courts. And they come from technology providers and platforms. Read more.
June 7 2018
news & press
Variety’s Legal Impact Report 2022: Top Attorneys Winning Cases and Making Deals
Frankfurt Kurnit in The Legal 500 2021
The Legal 500 praises three of our practice groups: Advertising & Marketing; Entertainment; and Privacy & Data Security. The London-based directory spotlighted fifteen of our attorneys individually: Lisa E. Davis, Daniel Goldberg, Richard Heller, Andrew Hurwitz, Candice Kersh, and Michael Williams. Julie Murray is listed as a “Next Generation Partner” in Entertainment. Christopher R. Chase, Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, Brian G. Murphy and Terri Seligman are listed as “Leading Lawyers” in Advertising. Dorian Slater Thomas and Matthew Vittone are listed as a “Rising Stars” in Advertising. Rick Kurnit is in the “Hall of Fame” for Advertising.
A Deeper Dive into the New SAG-AFTRA Influencer Waiver and Influencer Agreement
SAG-AFTRA New Influencer Agreement
Level Up: 33 Legal Tips for Game Developers and Publishers
2020 was a year of monumental change everywhere – including in the interactive entertainment world. As live events went online, more people gathered in front of screens to play, connect and consume than ever before. Developers and publishers responded with new technologies, platforms, devices, games and services. 2020 saw many game-changing legal developments – developments that will continue to affect the industry in 2021. Read more.
Interactive Entertainment Alert
In recent years the video game industry has been the subject of several lawsuit trends, including suits related to dance moves within video games and suits related to tattoos on persons depicted in video games. Two recent victories for game publishers have altered the risk calculus for use of third-party intellectual property. Read more.
The Ella Project’s Where Are They Now: Dorian Slater Thomas
The Ella Project features Dorian Slater Thomas in their "where are they now?" section. Mr. Thomas volunteered with The Ella Project in 2013. The Ella Project offers pro bono legal assistance for low to moderate income artists, musicians, and grass roots nonprofits in Louisiana.
Frankfurt Kurnit Discusses Diet Coke Suit Ruling
“Made in the U.S.A.” Claims Continue to be Scrutinized
In 2016, California amended Section 17533.7 of the California Business and Professions Code ("Section 17533"), liberalizing the standard for selling products labeled "Made in U.S.A" to California consumers. Read more.
FTC Issues a $2 Million Reminder to Ad Agencies
The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") and the State of Maine have announced a $2 million dollar settlement with ad agency Marketing Architects, Inc. ("MAI") for deceptive weight-loss claims. Read more.