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.

Ava has lived and worked in many parts of the world, including London, Tokyo and Villars-sur-Ollon in the Swiss Alps. A longtime magazine editor and writer before returning to law school in 2003, Ava has written about many of her adventures, including motorcycling in Europe and Chile, cycling in Bulgaria, and (trying to) golf in Hawaii. She is the former Executive Editor of enRoute magazine and has worked with many respected organizations such as CBC, CJAD, Quebecor, and Aiglon College.

Ava also creates copy for several well-known ad agencies, including CloudRaker, DentsuBos and bleublancrouge. She is a consultant for the e-service company Lexop and writes mostly about pop culture, technology and the law for Canadian Lawyer, The National, among others.

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.