"He is one of the best." - Client Testimonial, Chambers Global
Casey Chisick* is a partner in the Business Law Group and co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Sports & Entertainment practices. 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. Casey provides transactional advice and litigation counsel to a host of diverse clients in the music, film, television, broadcasting, theatre, advertising, literary, newspaper, visual arts, new media and fashion industries, as well as to a number of top Canadian universities and to general business clients with intellectual property needs. He also consults on negotiation strategy for businesses of all kinds.
As a transactional lawyer, Casey serves as a trusted advisor to clients on significant deals ranging from the purchase and sale of film, television, music publishing, broadcasting and new media assets to the development, financing, production and distribution of TV series, specials and feature films. He has negotiated scores of recording, management, publishing, appearance, branding, and employment agreements for well-known artists and executives in the entertainment and media industries and has served as chief outside counsel to companies in fields as diverse as IT outsourcing, interactive advertising, fitness and nutrition, 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.
Some of Casey’s most significant cases and engagements include acting as counsel to:
In addition, Casey’s specialized expertise is frequently sought by clients in relation to special projects and studies involving the exploitation and monetization of copyright in relation to new and emerging business models. He has also authored influential submissions and testified before committees of the Parliament of Canada, including on proposed amendments to the Copyright Act.
Casey was selected as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars for 2011, identifying him as a Leading Lawyer Under 40. Managing IP has named him an "IP Star" every year since that designation was introduced in 2014. Casey is also recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada, Who's Who Legal, Practical Law and Euromoney, and holds a 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. Clients declare: ‘He is one of the best.’"
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. 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 is active in the legal community. Currently, he serves as a trustee, officer, and member of the executive committee of the Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA); founding co-chair of the CSUSA International Chapter; Vice Chair of the International Copyright Laws & Treaties committee of the American Bar Association (ABA); co-chair of the biennial Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) Entertainment, Media & Advertising Law Symposium; Course Director for the Copyright Master Class presented annually by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and McGill University; and a member of the advisory board of IP Osgoode, a research institute at Osgoode Hall Law School that explores legal and policy issues at the intersection of intellectual property and technology. He has also served on the executive of the Ontario Bar Association (Entertainment, Media & Communications Section) and is an active member of a number of other professional associations, including ALAI Canada, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and the ABA Entertainment & Sports Law Forum.
An in-demand speaker at legal and business events, Casey has appeared at a host of conferences and seminars produced by organizations including:
Casey's experience on the legal and academic stages has been complemented by stage work of a very different kind. He is a proud board member of Soulpepper Theatre Company and the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. He has also served as the founding executive producer and host of Winnipeg’s Asper Foundation Jazz Performances; principal of Case Closed Productions, a concert and event promotion company; artistic director of the Chai Folk Ensemble, North America’s oldest and largest Jewish folk dance company; president of the Jazz Winnipeg Festival; vice-president of the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre; and a director and officer of the Toronto Jazz Festival. He also served as Executive Producer of Sophie Milman’s Juno Award-winning 2007 album, Make Someone Happy, as well as her acclaimed 2009 album, Take Love Easy, and her 2008 concert DVD, Live in Montreal.