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David Bruce Hoppe

Licensing Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 23 years
    California - CA 30 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2000
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Licensing
    Sophisticated content and technology licensing practice. Experience negotiating and closing hundreds of license agreements, with value ranging from tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars.

    25 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Broad transactional practice representing companies of all sizes, with particular focus on entertainment, esports, video games, software/technology and blockchain.

    30 years, 10,000 cases

  3. Entertainment
    Represent rights holders, film/TV studios, producers, screenwriters, distributors and digital platforms with the full range of entertainment-related transactions.

    10 years, 100 cases

  4. International law
    Sophisticated practice representing companies ranging from startups to international public companies with cross-border transactions, particularly in entertainment, video games and software/technology.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Corporate and incorporation
    Represent clients of all sizes with entity formation, shareholder matters, founder matters, share transactions, equity incentive plans and the full range of other corporate matters.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Mergers and acquisitions
    Assist emerging and middle-market companies with M&A transactions ranging in size from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

    30 years, 25 cases

  7. Securities offerings
    Significant experience with securities transactions ranging from seed financings to multinational public offerings.

    30 years, 50 cases

  8. Venture capital
    Assist emerging companies with negotiation and closing of strategic and VC investments.

    25 years, 25 cases

For nearly twenty five years, David Hoppe’s practice has focused on cutting-edge media and technology companies, with a particular expertise in digital media, video games and virtual reality. He combines the sophistication and global perspective of an international transactional attorney with the hands-on understanding of the day-to-day realities of startups, growing companies, and enterprises going global.

David began his career at two international law firms, Jones Day and White & Case, based in Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm and Helsinki. He served as International Counsel for , a NASDAQ-listed web portal, and North America General Counsel of Capcom, the Japanese video game publisher.

David launched his independent law practice in 2003. Clients of Gamma Law are at every stage of the business lifecycle, from startups and entrepreneurs to global publicly-listed corporations. However, without exception, they all benefit from the same things: personal service; responsiveness and attention to detail; a truly strategic perspective, informed by extensive global experience; and a hands-on familiarity with the ins and outs of navigating through the competitive landscape at the intersection of business, technology and law.

The scope of David’s representation includes the following specialties:

Media and technology licensing
Venture capital financing (both investor and company sides)
International and domestic mergers/acquisitions and joint ventures
Intellectual property
Corporate governance and shareholder matters
Early-stage company support

David lived and worked in Japan for several years, and is fluent in both spoken and written Japanese. He is a member of a number of industry organizations, as well as the Japan Society of Northern California. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.

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Gamma Law
PO Box 136
San Francisco, CA, 94104-0136

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Posted by Masa | December 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional and well experienced.
David is a well-experienced corporate lawyer, especially in the game industry. We are a startup company located in San Francisco. He works closely with our team and always meets our expectations even we have a short deadline. We would strongly recommend him to anyone who needs an excellent and trusted corporate lawyer.
Posted by Joshua | October 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Legal Expertise and Advice to us for 20 years!
We have relied on David and his team to support us for over twenty years, through multiple financings, corporate and shareholder matters, licensing and the whole range of US legal needs for our rapidly-growing e-commerce businesses. They are responsive, they understand our business and their advice and support have been invaluable.
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Posted by Vince | October 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
As a scrappy startup, working with David from the early days of our business, we were able to secure multiple deals with major publishing and entertainment entities in Japan which were not only critical contributors to our success but also withstood the rigors of 2 exits. David's solid knowledge of the entertainment industry combined with his Japanese language ability and expertise in dealings with Japan were perfect to support our business.
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Posted by Alvin | October 2, 2019
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President & CEO
Kodansha USA Publishing is the U.S.-based subsidiary of the major Japanese publisher. We needed an attorney who could both advise us on the distribution and content deals that were essential for our US launch, while working simultaneously in both the Japanese and the American business environments. We found all that, and more, in David. He was key to our US success, and a genuine pleasure to work with as well.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Gamma Law
  • 2003 - Present
  • International Counsel
  • Excite@Home
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Senior Associate
  • White & Case
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Jones Day
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Foreign Law Clerk
  • Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo
  • 1990 - 1991
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Support for Major International IP Owner in License to Blockchain Game
  • Successful closing of transaction.


  • Japan Society of Northern California
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese


  • Japan Focus Magazione
  • Crowdfunding & Pre-Owned Digital Marketplaces: Recent “Hot Topics” in Silicon Valley
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • VR Connects London 2017
  • Virtual Experience, Real Risks: Avoiding Liability in the New VR/AR World
  • 2017
  • PG Connects London 2017
  • Video Games and Celebrities: Legal Update 2017
  • 2017
  • Japan Online Game Association (JOGA) Conference
  • Selling Your Game Internationally: Legal Update 2017
  • 2017
  • VR & AR World, 2016
  • Virtual Experience, Real Risks: Avoiding Liability in the New VR/AR World
  • 2016
  • Japan Online Gaming Association (JOGA) 2016
  • Selling Your Game Internationally: Legal Update
  • 2016
  • Big Festival 2016
  • Selling My Game Abroad: Legal Tips and Tricks
  • 2016
  • Game Monetisation Europe 2015
  • Making Sure Your F2P Game Passes Legal Muster
  • 2015
  • Game Developers Conference 2015
  • How The Law Will Affect The Future Of FTP Games
  • 2015
  • Japan Online Game Association (JOGA) 2014
  • Launching a F.T.P. Game Internationally: Legal Issues
  • 2014
  • Game Developers Conference (GDC) Europe 2014
  • Crowdfunding for European Indies: A Legal Perspective
  • 2014
  • Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2014
  • Equity Crowdfunding: A Legal Perspective
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse David
Business Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"David is knowledgeable, responsive and awesome to work with!"
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"David has served as a trusted advisor to business clients for 25 years, helping them navigate their most complicated legal challenges in M&A, venture capital, intellectual property, media and technology licensing, corporate governance and early-stage company areas. He is instrumental in making transactions happen flawlessly, easy to work with and offers commercially sound legal advice."
Entertainment Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is a consummate professional. The quality of his legal work exceeds even the highest standards. He puts his client’s needs above his own. It is a true privilege to get to work with him."
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