As a content provider, I have worked for many respected media companies in Canada and abroad, including CBC-TV, Spafax Publishing, Quebecor, CJAD Radio, Time Out, and J. Walter Thompson. I am the former Editor of the Montreal Mirror, Executive Editor of enRoute Magazine and Managing Director of Strut Magazine.
As a lawyer, I offer fair and affordable advice to those who work in the media and the arts. Please visit the sections of this site for samples of my work and the kinds of services I offer. Feel free to contact me at any time for a no charge consultation.
I also offer an equally affordable assessment of your work (or work you’ve paid for, like a website), whether it be print, photographs, government grants, graphic design, etc. If you want to know how viable your own work is, how to make improvements or if you just want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth, I am available for consultancy work.
Avocate Lawyer Montreal
Specializing in media and contractual law, Ava is a bilingual, award-winning lawyer and editor with extensive business experience in Canada, the UK, Japan and Switzerland. In her dual careers, she has worked with some of Canada’s most respected companies, including Air Canada, Quebecor, CBC-TV, CJAD Radio and Just for Laughs.
Ava has negotiated contracts for Academy Award winners, Grammy nominees, multiple film production companies, advertising agencies, animation houses, large-scale publishers, retailers, start-ups, and many other creative-media clients worldwide.
With big-firm training (Borden Ladner Gervais) and years of in-house and advisory experience (eg. StyleXchange, BG Communications, YBP), Ava advises clients on a wide array of issues, including licensing, copyright clearance, agreements of all types, and is actively involved in contract negotiation and drafting for the music, film, and publishing industries, among others.
As the former Editor of the Montreal Mirror and Strut Magazine, and ex Executive Editor of enRoute Magazine, Ava publishes frequently in Canadian Lawyer Magazine and in the CBA’s Addendum. Her editorial work has appeared in Time Out London, Royal Wings, AOL, and Cycle Canada to name a few.
2011 Gold Kenneth R Wilson Award
2008 National Magazine Award Merit Prize
2004 Leon Levinson Prize from McGill’s Faculty of Law
Canada Council Award for writing