Tara Parker is a partner in the Goodmans Entertainment Law Group, recognized worldwide as one of the leading practices in Canada. Her practice focuses on advising major U.S., international and Canadian studios, broadcasters/networks, producers, literary, musical, theatrical and other creative and business clients on media-related matters, including financing structures, tax incentives, international co-productions and joint-ventures, rights acquisitions, format, distribution and digital media deals, NFTs, errors and omissions insurance, talent deals, guilds/unions, clearance and intellectual property law matters.
Tara is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 as Entertainment Law “Lawyer of the Year”, and is also recognized as a leading entertainment lawyer by Chambers Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and as Global Leader Who's Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment. She is also recognized for media by Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers and the Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law.
Awards & Recognition
Chambers Canada Band 2, Media and Entertainment 2024
The Legal 500 Canada Leading Individual, Media and Entertainment 2024
Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment 2024
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized, Entertainment Law 2024
Who's Who Legal Recognized National Leader, Sports and Entertainment 2023
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Most Frequently Recommended, Entertainment Law 2023
Tara is a thought leader in the industry and is frequently asked to comment on developments in entertainment news, including most recently in The Globe and Mail on the NFTs, CBC News on filming celebrity bio-pics without consent, CTV’s morning show regarding copyright litigation and Business News Network (BNN) on format programs and reality TV.
Tara is a guest lecturer on entertainment law and media-related issues at the University of Toronto law school, Schulich School of Business, York University, Ryerson University, Toronto Film School, Women in Film & Television and for the Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law course.
She has contributed articles to various entertainment law publications including, “Views about Drake's 6IX trademark dispute and Cartoonist challenges Banksy’s intellectual Property Rights” in The Lawyer’s Daily, published by LexisNexis Canada.
- University of Victoria, J.D., 1999
- University of Toronto, M.A., 1995, Medieval History
- University of Toronto, B.A., 1994, Honours, History and English, With Distinction
- Law Society of Ontario
- Past President and Chair of Crow’s Theatre
- Advisory Board Member 2023 BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media
- Mentor for Young Women in Law
- Ontario Bar Association, Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Past Section Executive
- WIFT-T Women in Film and Television – Toronto
- Film Ontario
- Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Call to Bar
Ask an Expert: Key risks and considerations relevant to performers who are active on social media, Performers MagazineIn a recent article for ACTRA Toronto's Performers Magazine, Tara Parker and Megan Brooks discuss the considerations performers should weigh before posting something to a public-facing…
EntertainmentIf you are considering producing in Canada, there’s a lot you not only need to know, but want to know. Why? Because it can save you both time and money - and who doesn’t want that? The discussion…
Intellectual PropertyThe Goodmans IP Team is proud to have been recognized in the 26th edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022.As a group, the Goodmans IP Team was recognized as follows:Intellectual Property…
EntertainmentNon-fungible tokens (NFTs) have become the latest big thing to come out of the blockchain industry and capture mainstream attention. A wide range of artists, brands, investors, businesses and…
Changes to Broadcasting Act will Require Online Streamers to Support the Canadian Broadcasting SystemThis week, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault introduced Bill C-10 (the “Bill”) to amend the Broadcasting Act. The proposed changes would bring online streaming services, such as Netflix…
EntertainmentTattooed celebrities are abundant; from Shawn Mendes’s fan-designed butterfly, to Drake’s “6 God” praying hands, to the elaborate artwork displayed on the bodies of professional athletes like…
News & Events
We are delighted to announce that The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada once again features Goodmans in their 2024 Guide.The Lexpert/ALM 500, produced in collaboration…
Banking and Financial ServicesWe are pleased to share Goodmans lawyers have been recognized across Who's Who Legal's National Guide: Canada 2023. WWL National Guides identify national or regional leaders in a sector, industry…
Banking and Financial ServicesWe are pleased to announce Goodmans LLP has once again received top tier recognition from The Legal 500 Canada in their 2024 Guide released today. Recognition from The Legal 500 is based on…