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Jaclyn Seidman


jseidman@goodmans.ca vCard
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 also co-heads one of the firm's business law groups. Her practice focuses on entertainment law, intellectual property and social media issues.


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


Jaclyn represents clients in the film, television, theatre and publishing industries. In particular, she provides production legal advice, drafts and negotiates format option agreements, literary option/acquisition agreements, talent agreements, rights clearance agreements, broadcast licences, distribution and other exploitation agreements, co-venture, co-production and production services agreements. As production counsel, Jaclyn represents independent producers in production financing transactions, provides chain-of-title and corporate opinions, undertakes errors and omissions insurance review, provides advice regarding collective agreements and Canadian film and television tax incentives, and provides similar advice to entertainment clients throughout the development, production, and exploitation of film and television production.

In addition to her entertainment practice, Jaclyn is a corporate/commercial lawyer who regularly acts on a broad range of transactions, including acquisitions, complex licensing arrangements and corporate reorganizations.


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.

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 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