Susan Abramovitch

PartnerGowling WLGIntellectual Property & Technology

Susan Abramovitch is one of the world’s leading entertainment lawyers. She is a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner with a practice covering transactions and disputes in the music, film, television, video games, branded entertainment, sports, live theatre, multimedia and book publishing.

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Susan Abramovitch is one of the world's leading entertainment lawyers. She is a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner with a practice covering transactions and disputes related to music, film, television, video games, branded entertainment, sports, live theatre, multimedia and book publishing.

Having been immersed in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years, Susan works with many prominent Canadian and international artists, companies and brands. She applies her unparalleled expertise, connections and passion to protect her clients' interests and get them the best deals possible. Her services cover all areas of entertainment law, including drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements; advising on deal terms and structures; assisting in dispute resolution; counselling on international industry standards; and managing rights acquisitions.

Susan is consistently ranked as a top lawyer by her clients and peers in prestigious national and international directories from Chambers, Legal 500 and Lexpert. She received a Lexpert Zenith Award in recognition of her leadership and expertise and was also named one of Toronto's 50 most influential people by Toronto Life magazine.

Susan's past experience includes serving as head of the entertainment group of another large law firm and as founding partner of one of Canada's premier entertainment law boutiques. She also practised in the New York and Paris offices of Debevoise & Plimpton, specializing in international M&A, and at Davis Polk and Milbank in New York. After graduating from McGill University as a gold medallist in both the Civil and National Law programs, Susan clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Gérard V. La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Heavily involved in the legal community as a teacher and mentor, Susan is the program director for Osgoode Hall Law School's Continuing Legal Education Certificate in Entertainment Law and is a former course lecturer in entertainment law at McGill University's Faculty of Law (where she is also a past faculty advisory board member). In addition, she is a frequent lecturer at Osgoode Hall, faculties of law and music at McGill and the University of Toronto and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

Susan is a member of the Board of Governors of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.

Licensed to practise law in Ontario, Québec and New York, Susan offers legal services in both English and French.

Education

  • McGill University, LL.B., B.C.L., 1991

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1996
  • New York, 1994
  • Quebec, 1992

Associations

  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)

Awards & Honours

  • Chambers Canada, 2019
  • Legal 500 Canada, 2018-2019
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2015
  • Who's Who Legal Canada: Sports & Entertainment, 2013-2018
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada, 2013-2018
  • Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, 2013-2018
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2012-2018