Casey Chisick* is a partner in the Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property practices and co-leader of the firm’s Fashion Industry Practice Group. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property (Copyright).
Having worked as a law professor, a jazz promoter and a musician – and even as artistic director of an internationally-renowned folk dance company – Casey offers his clients a rare combination of recognized expertise in copyright and other intellectual property matters and first-hand experience in the business of entertainment. His diverse practice spans a number of related areas, including intellectual property, entertainment law, communications, advertising and marketing and fashion and apparel, with particular expertise in the collective administration of copyright, including tariffs certified by the Copyright Board of Canada. Casey provides transactional advice and litigation counsel to clients in the film, television, music, broadcasting, theatre, advertising, literary, newspaper, visual arts, new media and fashion industries, as well as to general business clients with intellectual property needs. He also consults on negotiation strategy for businesses of all kinds.
Casey was the gold medallist in law at the University of Manitoba, earned a Masters of Law as a Fulbright and Frank Knox scholar at Harvard Law School, and served as law clerk to The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada. He began his professional career as a law professor, first at the University of Manitoba and later at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught copyright, intellectual property, corporate law, negotiation and dispute resolution to hundreds of students and was recognized by National magazine as a leader in introducing technology to the Canadian law school classroom. Through numerous writing and speaking engagements in Canada and internationally, Casey became, and remains, one of Canada’s best-known authorities on digital copyright issues. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto and is a frequent commentator on copyright and entertainment issues for CBC television and radio.
Casey was selected as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars for 2011, identifying him as a Leading Lawyer Under 40. He is also recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers Global, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers and the Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers, and holds a BV Distinguished™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Chambers Global has written that Casey is “…recognized for his expertise in copyright and commended for his communication skills, analytical dexterity and novel approach to IP law. ‘He is one of the best,’ sources affirm.”
As a transactional lawyer, Casey has served as a trusted advisor to clients in significant deals ranging from the purchase and sale of film, television and broadcasting assets to celebrity branding transactions, as well as the development, financing, production and distribution of TV series, specials and feature films. He negotiates recording, management and publishing agreements for leading Canadian recording artists and songwriters, talent agreements for well-known television and radio personalities, and employment agreements for senior executives in the entertainment and media industries. In addition, he has served as chief outside counsel to companies in fields as diverse as IT outsourcing, interactive advertising and functional genomics.
As litigation counsel, Casey has represented clients before the Copyright Board, the superior courts of Ontario and British Columbia, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
*information courtesy of Cassels Brock Lawyers.