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Susan H. Abramovitch
Partner, Head - Entertainment Law Group

Speaks: English, French

Year of Call: 1996 - Ontario

Year of Call: 1994 - New York

Year of Call: 1992 - Quebec

Primary Office: Toronto

Susan H. Abramovitch

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, videogames, branded entertainment, sports, live theatre, multimedia and book publishing.

Having been immersed in the entertainment industry for over 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
  • Managing rights acquisitions

Consistently ranked as a top lawyer by her clients and peers in prestigious national and international guides from Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal and Legal Media Group, Susan received a 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award in recognition of her leadership and expertise. She has also 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 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.

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

MEDIA COVERAGE

Susan’s commentary is regularly sought by the media. Her recent coverage includes:

Susan has provided commentary on CBC’s The National, CBC News and CTV’s National News and Canada AM, as well as in The Globe and MailNational Post and Billboard Magazine. She was featured on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Lexpert magazine, in which she was interviewed for a story on “New Media, New Law.”


As one of the world's leading entertainment lawyers, Susan applies her unparalleled expertise, connections and passion to protect her clients' interests and get them the best deals possible.

November2014

Lexpert Zenith Award

2012

Name one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People by Toronto Life magazine

October1992

Law Clerk for Mr. Justice La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada

October 1992 - September 1993

1991

Gold medallist for both Civil Law and National Law Programs, McGill University

Featured insights & resources

Canada and the United States: Differences in Copyright Law

Multiple Authors

Articles July 1, 2013

'360 deals' offer new options for artists in recording industry

Shelagh Carnegie, Susan H. Abramovitch

Articles April 4, 2007

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2016

November 2016

Member, Board of Governors — The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

November 2016 - Present

2016

April 2016

Media Law International — Tier 1 media law firm

2015

December 2015

Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2015

2015

November 2015

Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2015

2015

September 2015

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015

2015

July 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

2015

March 2015

Expert Guides: Technology, Media & Telecommunications

2015

February 2015

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2015

2014

December 2014

Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment 2014

2014

November 2014

Lexpert Zenith Award

2014

November 2014

Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2014

2014

October 2014

Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014

2014

September 2014

Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014

2014

July 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

2014

February 2014

Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2014

2014

2014

McGill University, Course Lecturer - Entertainment Law

2013

December 2013

Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2013

2013

November 2013

Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013

2013

November 2013

Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Sports & Entertainment Lawyers 2013

2013

July 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013

2013

2013

Osgoode Hall Law School, Program Director - Certificate in Entertainment Law

2012

July 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012

2012

2012

Name one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People by Toronto Life magazine

2003

2003

Goodman and Carr, Partner

2003 - 2006

2002

2002

University of Toronto, Faculties of Law and Music, Adjunct Professor

2002 - 2012

2001

2001

National Film Board of Canada, Board of Trustees

2001 - 2007

1996

1996

Year of Call, Ontario

1995

1995

Stohn Abramovitch, Founding Partner

1995 - 2003

1994

1994

Year of Call, New York

1993

October 1993

Debevoise & Plimpton, Associate, New York & Paris

October 1993 - June 1995

1992

October 1992

Law Clerk for Mr. Justice La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada

October 1992 - September 1993

1992

1992

Year of Call, Quebec

1991

1991

Gold medallist for both Civil Law and National Law Programs, McGill University

1991

1991

McCarthy Tétrault, Articling Student

1991 - 1992

1991

1991

McGill University, BCL

1991

1991

McGill University, LLB

1990

1990

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Law Student, New York

1989

1989

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Law Student, New York

Susan Abramovitch
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Susan Abramovitch

Susan Abramovitch is one of the world's leading entertainment lawyers. S...

Susan Abramovitch
Featured insights & resources

Canada and the United States: Differences in Copyright Law

Multiple Authors

Article July 1, 2013

Memberships

Insights & Resources

Canada and the United States: Differences in Copyright Law

Multiple Authors

Article July 1, 2013

'360 deals' offer new options for artists in recording industry

Shelagh Carnegie, Susan H. Abramovitch

Article April 4, 2007

Susan Abramovitch
Profile highlights

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Susan Abramovitch

Susan Abramovitch is one of the world's leading entertainment lawyers. S...

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Susan Abramovitch
Profile highlights

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Susan Abramovitch

Susan Abramovitch is one of the world's leading entertainment lawyers. S...

Susan Abramovitch
Featured insights & resources

Canada and the United States: Differences in Copyright Law

Multiple Authors

Article July 1, 2013

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