Canada: Sports & Entertainment

This year we highlight 34 leading sports and entertainment practitioners recognised for their excellent work across a range of areas, including labour, contract and intellectual property law, as well as merchandising and licensing work. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Leonard Glickman Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Toronto
2. Richard Pound QC Stikeman Elliott, Montreal
3. Gordon Kirke QC Gordon Kirke QC, Toronto
4. Dale Lastman Goodmans, Toronto

Leading transactional law firm GOODMANS sees five impressive practitioners highlighted for their top-tier work in the field.
Dale Lastman is regarded among peers as “a senior statesman of the bar” and wins high praise for his “strategic approach” to cases.
David Zitzerman is a widely recognised name in Canada and is described by sources as “one of the leading entertainment lawyers in the country”. 
Jeffrey Citron stands out for his first-class sports practice and frequently represents both athletes and their representatives.

DENTONS also performs well this year with five lawyers nominated for their excellence in the space.
David Steinberg is “a top music lawyer” recognised for his leading media and entertainment practice. His work encompasses film, music, books, television and publishing. 
Jim Russell is a finance expert highlighted for his fantastic work in the entertainment, television and film industries.
Bob Tarantino is a brilliant lawyer noted for his “strong drafting skills” and “ability to synthesise problems to manageable issues”.

Four individuals at CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL are featured in this chapter for their impressive work in the sector.
Leonard Glickman is “an outstanding attorney” regarded internationally as a leading name in the field. According to one source, “He is a credit to the profession.”
Casey Chisick is an excellent entertainment lawyer noted for his work on sector-related transactional matters and disputes.

MILLER THOMSON achieves three listings this year.
Eva Schmieg is a widely respected entertainment lawyer, noted for her particular expertise in financing matters related to the film, media and television industries. One source notes: “She really knows how to close the deal.”
Dean Chenoy and Jonathan Dyck are also recognised for their market-leading expertise in the space.

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT sees two practitioners listed in this chapter.
Richard Pound QC is “a senior figure” in the Canadian market and enjoys a stellar reputation as “a renowned name in sports law”.
Alan D’Silva is “a top-tier litigator” highlighted for his exceptional trial work in relation to sports disputes.

At HALL WEBBER Lon Jason Hall stands out in the entertainment space for his adept handling of transactions, production, distribution and financing issues relating to the industry.
Danny Webber boasts almost 20 years’ experience in the entertainment industry, and is a firm favourite among clients who include film and TV producers, authors, actors and artists.

SOLE PRACTITIONER Gordon Kirke QC is a well-established name in the domestic market and is considered an eminent figure in sports law. He is particularly noted for his brilliant work handling industry-related arbitration proceedings.

At GOWLING WLG, Susan Abramovitch is a world-class entertainment lawyer, noted for her market-leading practice which spans a wide range of related matters from transactions to disputes. 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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