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Casey Chisick

Entertainment Lawyer,
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Toronto, ON, Canada
Casey Chisick is a partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where he co-chairs the Intellectual Property Group and Sports & Entertainment practice groups. 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, a producer, and a musician, 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. Casey provides transactional advice and litigation counsel to a host of diverse clients in the film, television, music, broadcasting, theatre, advertising, literary, newspaper, visual arts, new media, and fashion industries, as well as to educational institutions and general business clients with intellectual property needs. He also consults on negotiation strategy for businesses of all kinds.

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 appeared in five seminal copyright cases before the Supreme Court of Canada: SOCAN v. Bell Canada, Entertainment Software Association v. SOCAN, Rogers Communications v. SOCAN, Alberta v. Access Copyright, and CBC v. SODRAC. He has also represented clients in copyright and entertainment matters before the courts of Ontario and British Columbia, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. Moreover, Casey has extensive experience in rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada.

Casey is recognized as a leading entertainment and IP practitioner in numerous guilds and directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and the Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers. He has been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as an "IP Star" every year since the inception of that designation in 2014 and was selected in 2011 as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars, identifying him as a Leading Lawyer Under 40. Casey is also active in a number of legal and professional organizations, including the Copyright Society of the USA, which he serves as a trustee, officer, and founding co-chair of the International Chapter, and the ABA Intellectual Property Section, where he is incoming chair of the committee on International Copyright Treaties and Laws.