Ava Chisling at the "Montreal Office."

Ava Chisling at the "Montreal Office."


  • Quebec law

  • Licensing

  • Creatives

  • Media-related (online, IP)

  • Consultant to Start-Ups

Licensed in Quebec (2007)



With three degrees from McGill University (BA, LLB, BCL), big firm legal training, and years of in-house and advisory experience, Ava Chisling counsels many creative-media clients, including start-ups, Academy Award winners, TV/radio personalities, film production companies, advertising agencies, online and traditional publishers, as well as retailers, bloggers, and businesses of all sizes.

Located in Montreal, and fluently bilingual, Ava works with clients on a wide array of matters, ranging from licensing, copyright clearance, incorporation and service contracts to web-related issues such as vetting content, social media copy, privacy policies, terms and conditions, language/privacy laws, and website guideline, development and hosting contracts.

As a longtime writer and editor, Ava frequently advises clients on social media strategy. She is currently responsible for overseeing the social media platforms of several well-respected, national consumer companies. Ava vets her clients' website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn content, flagging illegal or inappropriate messaging posted by the public and responding to queries on behalf of each client. She vet and wrote social media copy for Hitachi Ltd for more than three years. She currently creates and adapts ad campaigns for several well-known agencies, including CloudRaker, Cossette and lg2.

Ava has won several awards, including the Leon Levinson Prize from McGill University’s Faculty of Law, a National Magazine Award Merit Prize, a Canada Council Award for writing and a Gold Kenneth R Wilson Award. She is a frequent judge for the National Media Awards Foundation.

Ava practices as counsel to Momentum.