Susan H. Abramovitch Partner Head - Entertainment & Sports Law Group


Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 1996 - Ontario

Year of Call: 1994 - New York

Year of Call: 1992 - Quebec

Primary phone: +1 416-814-5673

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: susan.abramovitch@gowlingwlg.com

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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 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
  • 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, 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 Mail, National 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."

Career & Recognition

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.
  • Rankings & Awards
    November 2018
    Who's Who Legal: Sports and Entertainment 2018
  • Rankings & Awards
    September 2018
    Chambers Canada 2019
  • Rankings & Awards
     2012
    Named one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People by Toronto Life magazine
  • Career
    October 1992
    Law Clerk for Mr. Justice La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Rankings & Awards
     1991
    Gold medallist for both Civil Law and National Law Programs, McGill University
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Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2015
      Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2015
      Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2015
      Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      March2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2015
      The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2014
      Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2014
      Lexpert Zenith Award
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2014
      Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2014
    • 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
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2014
      Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2014
    • Career
      2014
      McGill University, Course Lecturer - Entertainment Law
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2013
      Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2013
      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2013
      Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Sports & Entertainment Lawyers 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
    • Career
      2013
      Osgoode Hall Law School, Program Director - Certificate in Entertainment Law
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      2012
      Named one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People by Toronto Life magazine
  • 2003

    • Career
      2003
      Goodman and Carr, Partner
  • 2002

    • Career
      2002
      University of Toronto, Faculties of Law and Music, Adjunct Professor
  • 2001

    • Community
      2001
      National Film Board of Canada, Board of Trustees
  • 1996

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1996
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1995

    • Career
      1995
      Stohn Abramovitch, Founding Partner
  • 1994

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1994
      Year of Call, New York
  • 1993

    • Career
      October1993
      Debevoise & Plimpton, Associate, New York & Paris
  • 1992

    • Career
      October1992
      Law Clerk for Mr. Justice La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1992
      Year of Call, Quebec
  • 1991

    • Rankings & Awards
      1991
      Gold medallist for both Civil Law and National Law Programs, McGill University
    • Education
      1991
      McGill University, BCL
    • Education
      1991
      McGill University, LLB
    • Career
      1991
      McCarthy Tétrault, Articling Student
  • 1990

    • Career
      1990
      Davis Polk & Wardwell, Law Student, New York
  • 1989

    • Career
      1989
      Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Law Student, New York

Memberships

  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)