Susan Abramovitch is one of Canada’s leading entertainment lawyers. She is a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner with a practice that covers all aspects of 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 the 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. 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.
Susan is heavily involved in the legal community as a teacher and mentor. She 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). She also lectures at Osgoode Hall, the University of Toronto’s Faculties of Music and Law, McGill University’s Desautels School of Management and Faculty of Music, and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.
Licensed to practise law in Ontario, Québec and New York, Susan offers legal services in both English and French.