Adnan “AJ” Jameel is an associate esports attorney at ESG Law, where he represents many of the premier esports teams in the industry. While AJ works on a variety of different legal issues associated with esports, he primarily spends most of his time working on team/player contracts, sponsorship deals, league and tournament agreements, intellectual property issues, and developing the legal strategy needed to navigate the fast-paced and ever-changing landscape of esports and entertainment.
AJ is the operations manager for the Esports Bar Association, a non-profit organization, where he serves on the Publications, Public Policy, Membership, and Conference Committees. AJ’s work at the EBA was instrumental in developing the world’s first esports legal academic journal and conducting the EBA’s annual symposium. In addition, AJ works with various state legislatures and lobbyist groups to advise on policies that will impact the esports business landscape.
Prior to ESG, AJ worked as a law clerk for Morrison Rothman, learning about the player side of the esports industry. While AJ primarily represents esports teams now, his experience and perspective have proven invaluable when negotiating with esports players, content creators, and influencers.
AJ is no rookie to esports and gaming. Before law school, AJ worked as a Senior Game Master at Blizzard Entertainment for seven years, where he supported games such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Overwatch. At Blizzard, AJ was driven by the company’s goals and business objectives to identify needs within the organization and lead initiatives to implement improved processes and tools to address the issues. In 2016, AJ left Blizzard to pursue a career in law but remained dedicated to serving the esports industry and its communities.