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Jaclyn Seidman


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.849.6911
Fax:   416.979.1234

Jaclyn Seidman is a partner and member of the Executive Committee at Goodmans. Jaclyn co-heads one of the firm's business law groups and is co-chair of the Women’s Success Committee. Her practice focuses on entertainment law, intellectual property and a broad range of corporate/commercial matters.


In 2018, Jaclyn was honoured as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. She is also recognized as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in Canada and as a leading lawyer to watch by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.


Jaclyn represents major U.S., international and Canadian studios, broadcasters, producers, literary, theatrical and business clients on a broad range of media-related matters, including rights acquisitions, production legal matters, clearance and copyright matters. Jaclyn is also a corporate/commercial lawyer who regularly acts on a broad range of transactions, including acquisitions, complex licensing arrangements and corporate reorganizations.


In February 2019, Jaclyn was appointed to the Board of Trustees of The Royal Ontario Museum. Jaclyn has also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Jewish Chamber of Commerce and the McGill Alumni Association - Toronto Branch and is a founding member of the advisory council for McGill’s Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Initiative.

Jaclyn is an expert practitioner on Practical Law Canada’s Corporate and Commercial Transactions Advisory Board. She is a contributing editor to Canadian Forms and Precedents: Commercial Transactions – Information Technology and Entertainment published by LexisNexis. She co-authored the Goodmans Guide to Producing in Canada and Doing Business with Canadians.

Jaclyn teaches business law courses at the University of Toronto’s Rotman Commerce business school and is the recipient of several Excellence in Teaching awards. She is also a regular guest lecturer at the University of Toronto’s law school. Jaclyn is a frequent speaker and panellist at seminars on a range of entertainment and media-related issues.


Education McGill University (B.C.L. / LL.B , With Great Distinction, 2005)
McGill University (B.ED, Dean's List, 2002)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association, Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Past Section Executive
WIFT-T Women in Film and Television – Toronto

Year of Call

2006 Ontario