Thomas H. Buscaglia is a principle in the Miami firm of
T. H. Buscaglia and Associates, where he practices intellectual
property litigation, technology law and employment litigation.
Tom has over 15 year of litigation experience in both State
and Federal Courts. Tom is dedicated to the computer and
video game industry, assisting developers in all aspects
of their legal and business needs and has been representing
game developers since 1991. Tom is presenting again this
year at the Indie Game Conference in Eugene, Oregon, speaking
on Effective Developer Contracts as well as Legal Issues
to Consider When Starting a Game Development Studio. He
presented again this year at the Game Developer’s Conference
in San Jose on developer/publisher deals and contracts in
a presentation called The Negotiation and a round table
discussion on the Publishers “Rules of Acquisition”. Tom
was on the Game and Simulation panel at the The Interservice/Industry
Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC)
and was the Keynote Luncheon Speaker at the 2003 Summer
Simulation Multiconference in Montreal, Canada, sponsored
by the Society for Modeling and Simulation speaking on The
Game and Simulation Industries: Convergence or Collision.
He wrote the chapter entitled "Effective Developer
Contracts" for the game industry guide book, The
Secrets of the Game Business. He is a contributor
to numerous International Game Developers Association Business
and Legal Committee publications including: the Publisher
Contract Walkthrough white paper, on Game
Documentation and Trade Show Demos and Termination
Provisions; the Game Submission Guide white
paper on Legal Issues
and the soon to be released Intellectual Property white
paper on IP Contracts
Independent Developers Sign. He has also published
a series of 3 online articles on GIGnews
for rookie game developers on the legal issues they should
consider when starting out in the game industry entitled
Initial Legal Issues,
What are these games
made of…legally speaking and Completing
your Contract Arsenal. Tom was a presenter
at the 2002 Game Developers Conference, in San Jose, California,
on the topic of "The Phenomenology of Game Design"
and is a frequent guest lecturer at the Full Sail Game Development
Program in Orlando, Florida.
Tom is the Founder and Executive Director
a non-profit committed to building the Computer and Video
Game development industry in Florida by bringing Florida to
the Game Development industry and bringing the Game Development
industry to Florida. . He also sits on the Advisory Board
of the Digital Media Alliance of Florida. Tom has been the
Chapter Coordinator for the South
Florida Chapter of the International Game Developers Association
since its inception, and is a moderator for the Business and
Legal forums on the in IGDA web site.
Tom was a presenter at a National Business
Institute continuing legal education seminar for attorneys
on Law Firm Marketing with a presentation on "Marketing
Technology and Business Developement." He
is also the author of a series of articles for the Florida
Direct Marketing Association newsletter as follows: "Direct
Marketing on the Internet" (December 10,
1996); "What's In a Name:
Internet Domain Names vs. Trademarks" (February
10, 1997); "Whose Website
Is It Anyway? - Content and Copyright" (April
10, 1997); and,"Internet Commerce ... Fact or Fiction?"
(September, 1997). Guest speaker before the Miami - Airport
West Chamber of Commerce on the topic "Legal Issues Concerning
Marketing Over The Internet."
Mr. Buscaglia earned his B.A. degree, with
departmental honors in philosophy, from the State University
of New York at Buffalo. He received a Juris Doctorate in Law,
cum laude, from Georgetown University. He is a member of the
Dade County Bar, Federal and American Bar Associations. An
experienced trial attorney Mr. Buscaglia is admitted to the
Florida Bar, as well as the bars of the United States District
Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the
Eleventh and Third United States Circuit Courts of Appeal
and the United States Supreme Court.
Born Buffalo, New York, February 13, 1948;
admitted to bar, 1986, Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern
and Middle Districts of Florida, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S.
Court of Appeals, Third and Eleventh Circuits. Education:
State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A., Departmental
Honors Philosophy, 1982); Georgetown University (J.D., cum
laude, 1985). Founding Chairman, Georgetown Space Law Group,
1984-1985. Author: "Direct Marketing on the Internet,"
Dec. 12, 1996; "Whose Website is This Anyway?" Content
and Copyright, April 17, 1997, South Florida Direct; Chapter
on "Electronics Industry" for the Political Action
Committee Source Book, 1985. General Counsel, Association
of Game Developers Artists, 1997 -- . Member, Legal Advisory
Committee, Computer Game Developers Association, 1997 -- .
Member: Dade County, Federal and American Bar Associations;
The Florida Bar. Practice Areas: Trial Practice; Federal Civil
Practice; Intellectual Property Litigation; Employment Litigation.