Susan Abramovitch

Partner | Head – Entertainment and Sports LawGowling WLG (Canada) LLPIntellectual Property & Technology

Susan Abramovitch is one of the world’s leading entertainment lawyers and a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner. As head of the Entertainment & Sports Law Group, her practice covers transactions and disputes in the music, film, television, video games, branded entertainment, sports, esports, live performance, theatre, fine arts, non-fungible tokens, multimedia and book publishing industries.

Susan Abramovitch is one of the world’s leading entertainment and sports 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, esports, live performance, theatre, fine arts, non-fungible tokens, 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 directors from Chambers, Lexpert®, Legal 500 Canada, Who’s Who Legal and Expert Guides – Women in Business Law. Susan won the 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award in recognition of her leadership and expertise. She has been 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, the 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, as well as an International Association of Entertainment Lawyers executive committee member.

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

Awards & Honours

  • Chambers Canada, 2019-2021
  • Legal 500 Canada, 2018-2021
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2012-2021
  • Who’s Who Legal Global: Entertainment 2021
  • Who's Who Legal Canada: Sports & Entertainment, 2013-2021
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2020-2021
  • Expert Guides: Technology, Media & Telecommunications 2021
  • Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, 2013-2021

Associations

  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)