Debi M. Sutin Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1986 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 905-540-3259

Secondary phone: +1 416-369-4641

Fax: +1 905-523-2940

Email: debi.sutin@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Hamilton



Debi M. Sutin

Debi Sutin is a Gowling WLG partner in Hamilton, Ontario, and one of Canada's leading franchise lawyers. She is co-chair of the firm's Franchising Law Group and a member of its Business Law Group.

With more than 25 years' experience in assisting Canadian and international franchisors across a broad range of industries, Debi provides legal advice on all matters relating to Canadian franchise law and the establishment and ongoing operation of franchise systems throughout Canada.

Debi recognizes her clients' need for sound, practical business advice and timely service. She is passionate about educating her clients on the wide range of matters they will encounter as they expand their franchise systems across the country, including franchise compliance, best practices for franchise relations and early resolution of disputes. Debi has developed particular expertise assisting foreign franchisors with the expansion of their operations to Canada.

A long-serving member of the Ontario Bar Association Franchise Law Section, Debi served as co-chair of the 2017 Annual Franchise Law Conference. She is a frequent writer and regular speaker on franchise-related matters at industry events.

Debi is consistently recognized for her expertise in leading peer review directories, including Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2015
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2015
      Chambers Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      October2015
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, 2010
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      June2015
      Franchise Times names Gowlings lawyers "Legal Eagles"
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      November2014
      Who’s Who Legal recognizes five Gowlings franchise lawyers
    • Rankings & Awards
      October2014
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      November2013
      Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2013
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2012
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2012
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2011
      Who's Who Legal 2011
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2011
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010
  • 1986

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1986
      Year of Call, Ontario
    • Rankings & Awards
      Franchise Times Legal Eagle, 2012-2014
    • Education
      McGill University, BA (Political Sciences)
    • Education
      University of Windsor, LLB

Memberships

  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • International Franchise Association
  • Ontario Bar Association (member of the Executive of the Franchise Law Section)

Debi is a frequent author on franchise-related matters and speaks regularly at conferences, seminars and other events on franchise law conducted by various organizations, including the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Franchise Association.

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