Canada: Sports and Entertainment 2018

In this chapter we recognise 38 leading sports and entertainment lawyers in the Canadian market who stand out for their excellent work in the industries.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Richard McLaren McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP, London
2. Ron Hay Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP, Toronto
3. Casey M Chisick Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto
4. Susan H Abramovitch Gowling WLG, Toronto
5. Richard W Pound QC Stikeman Elliott LLP, Montreal
6. Gordon Kirke QC Gordon Kirke QC, Toronto

At Cassels Brock & Blackwell, six standout individuals are highlighted for their excellent work in the sports and entertainment field.
Casey Chisick is internationally recognised as a top entertainment lawyer. He comes highly recommended by peers for his strong expertise in advertising and copyright-related matters.
Jason Bullen is well known for his first-rate sports law practice. Clients commend his “impressive attention to detail” as well as his “exceptional understanding of the sports industry”.
Leonard Glickman is a widely respected sports and entertainment lawyer who stands out for his leading expertise in industry-related transactions and IP matters.
David Budd is a finance specialist recognised for his superb work handling corporate transactions for clients across the sports industry.

In this chapter we identify five impressive names from Goodmans who stand out in the sports and entertainment field.
Dale Lastman CM is well respected in the Canadian market where he wins high praise as “a leading dealmaker in Canadian sports”. One source comments, “I very much look up to him as a practitioner.”
Jeffrey Citron is a widely recognised name in the sports industry where he is particularly highlighted for his excellent work “on the lending side of the business”.
David Zitzerman is described as “a top entertainment lawyer” who market commentators would “definitely recommend” for his extensive experience in film, television and gaming.

Dentons sees five sports and entertainment lawyers recognised in this chapter.
David Steinberg comes highly recommended for his top-notch practice that focuses on a range of entertainment-related matters from distribution rights to IP and licensing.
Jim Russell gains recognition here for his impressive entertainment law practice as well as his strong experience advising clients on IP rights and production financing.
Ken Dhaliwal focuses his first-rate practice on the media and entertainment industries, where he stands out particularly for his “great strength” handling financing and production matters.

Richard McLaren at McKenzie Lake Lawyers stands out in this year’s research as the leading sports lawyer in the country. He is highly recommended by sources one of whom notes, “He is a wonderful man and a great lawyer in the field.”

At Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond, Ron Hay is one of the most prominent entertainment lawyers in the Canadian market. He enjoys a strong reputation for his work handling media rights acquisitions, distribution and production matters.

At Gowling WLG, Susan Abramovitch “possesses deep knowledge of the entertainment business” according to sources who consider her “extremely intelligent” and “a formidable negotiator”.

Richard Pound QC at Stikeman Elliott wins high praise as “a leader in the space and one of the deans of sports law”. Respondents commend his outstanding work on anti-doping matters, where he is considered “a global leader”.

Independent practitioner Gordon Kirke QC gains recognition as “an exquisite lawyer and well-known name” in the sports field. One source notes, “He is a trailblazer in Canadian sports law with a strong reputation in arbitration and mediation.”

At Dickinson Wright, Michael Lipton QC has a great international reputation for his work in the sports and entertainment industries, where he is particularly noted for his excellent work on gaming-related matters.

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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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