Susan Abramovitch is a partner at Gowlings’ Toronto office and practises exclusively in entertainment law. Prior to joining Gowlings, Susan served as Head of the Entertainment practice at a prominent law firm, and was a founding partner of one of Canada's premier entertainment law boutiques. Recognized by Lexpert as a leading entertainment lawyer, Susan’s practice covers all aspects of transactions and disputes in the music, film, television, live theatre, multimedia, videogaming, branded entertainment and book publishing industries. She has drafted and negotiated numerous entertainment-related agreements, both domestic and international, and has advised clients on all aspects of intellectual property law related to their businesses.
Susan previously practised law at Debevoise & Plimpton in both its New York and Paris office. Here she worked in the areas of telecommunications law, international mergers and acquisitions and general international corporate transactions. She is called to the Bar in Ontario, New York and Québec.
Prior to Debevoise, Susan worked in the Montreal office of a prominent Canadian law firm, and at Davis, Polk & Wardwell and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York. Graduating with both LL.B. and B.C.L. degrees, she was the gold medalist for her graduating year in both the Civil Law and National Law Programs at McGill University's Faculty of Law in Montreal, and served as a law clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Gérard V. La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada.
In the area of entertainment law, Susan has published in the U.K. Entertainment Law Review (Sweet and Maxwell), the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, the Canadian Business Law Journal and Cahiers de droit. She has also co-authored the Music Licensing chapter in the Advertising and Marketing Law in Canada textbook and has written on 360 music deals for The Lawyers Weekly.
Susan is the Program Director for Osgoode Hall Law School’s Certificate in Entertainment Law, was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law from 2002 – 2012 and lectures at Osgoode Hall Law School, McGill University Faculty of Music and Faculty of Law, Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC).
Susan’s commentary is regularly sought by the media. Most recently, she was interviewed by CBC to discuss copyright issues regarding the filming of “Escape from Tomorrow,” which was shot at Disney World without the park’s permission. Other recent media mentions include:
Susan is fluent in both English and French.