The ALSO Team

Michelle Doody (President) is an associate lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, in Ottawa. She sits on the board of Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa and has taken an active role in advancing the organization’s work serving local artists. While a law student at the University of Ottawa, she co-founded the “Creative law Society” for students. She has previously held internship positions at Van Loon Simmons Professional Corporation and at Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) National, dealing with legal issues pertaining to copyright, new media and technology.

Lyndra Griffith (Vice President) is an associate lawyer with Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP, and is a member of the Arts and Entertainment Law practice group. Lyndra completed her law degree at the University of Ottawa, and has also completed the Osgoode Certificate in Entertainment Law. She has a wide variety of legal and non-legal work experience.She has a keen understanding of the entertainment industry and still enjoys to perform when she can.

 Byron Pascoe (Treasurer) practices law at Ottawa’s entertainment law boutique, Edwards PC, Creative Law (www.edwardslaw.ca) helping creators of animated and live-action television and films, games, digital media, software, music and publications. In between his undergrad in business (Wilfrid Laurier University) and law school (University of Windsor), Byron produced TV and new media productions. During law school, he co-founded Charter Project (www.JoinTheDiscussion.ca), a national education initiative about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Andrea Pitts (secretary) is a lawyer, former ballerina and Ottawa transplant who is passionate about the Arts. Andrea currently works as a lawyer at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, practicing primarily trademark and copyright law and is continually looking for a way to give back to the Arts community. As a former member of the Royal Academy of Dance, Andrea was an International award candidate in classical ballet and has enjoyed teaching and choreographing here in Ottawa. In her spare time, Andrea likes to spend as much time as she can outdoors, hiking or playing pick-up soccer.

Lise Rivet is Director of professional training for the Law Practice Program and part-time professor at the University of Ottawa. She holds an LL.B. with a concentration in International Law from the University of Ottawa, an LL.M. in International Law from the University of Kent in Brussels, a B.A. in Management Economics and German from the University of Guelph, and a B. Ed. from the University of Ottawa. Lise is also an artist and has exhibited some of her work. She has training from the Ottawa School of Art and is a member of BRAVO-Est (Le Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l’Ontario).

Yael Wexler (Founding Member) is a member of the Communications and Intellectual Property Group in Fasken Martineau’s Ottawa office. Her practise is focussed on communications regulatory law and intellectual property (copyright and trade-mark) and she has a growing practise in entertainment law. She also provides advice to clients with respect to administrative law and statutory interpretation generally. She assists clients involved in broadcasting and telecommunications licensing and policy proceedings before the CRTC; device certification, licensing and policy proceedings conducted by Industry Canada; copyright tariff proceedings at the Copyright Board of Canada; applications for and protection of trade-marks rights, and, in the litigation of matters at the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada.

Tanya Woods (Expert Advisor, Founding Member): For a number of years, Tanya observed a need in the Ottawa legal community for accessible, low-cost legal information designed and intended to help educate and empower local artists. Finally, in 2011, along with April Britski, Rachelle Laforge and Yael Wexler, Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa was born. Tanya’s love and respect for the arts has been life-long and she has been an active advocate in the creative sector since 2004.

For the last 10 years, Tanya has worked extensively on copyright, administrative, contract, technology, and international legal matters for public and private entities. Tanya has worked with collective societies, government departments, non-profits, private corporations, universities, and a specialized copyright tribunal. Through her extensive international legal training, Tanya is a certified specialist in both Technology Law and International Comparative Protection of Intellectual Property. Tanya is an alumna ofthe London School of Economics (LL.B.), University of Ottawa (B.A., LL.B., LL.M.) and American University Washington College of Law (LL.M.). She is also an award winning researcher and writer, and frequently lectures on technology and copyright issues.