Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP - Toronto Entertainment Lawyers
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About Us

Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP is an entertainment and media law firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Our team of creative professionals is especially proud of its artist and business development history dating back to the founding of the firm in 2006.


We are not afraid to roll up our sleeves from day one to support great art, great ideas, and great people with our legal counsel and strategic business advice.

What We Do

Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP is known for its skilled approach to transactional matters related to entertainment and media law. We represent individuals and companies in all areas of the industry, including musicians, record companies, film and television producers, film financiers, songwriters and publishers, actors, writers, directors, media personalities, trademark owners, music producers and mixers, book authors, theatre producers, fashion entrepreneurs, models, dancers, and more.


Our lawyers offer practical insight informed by professional training and experience to provide clients with a well-rounded and deep knowledge base in support of their worldwide activities. Growing areas of practice include social media, brand partnerships, gaming, privacy, design, sports, cannabis, not-for-profit, and food and beverage.

The firm has significant experience in drafting and negotiating contracts, such as:

Recording Agreements

Songwriter and Music Publishing Agreements

Management Agreements

Agency Agreements

Synchronization and Licensing Agreements

Talent Representation Agreements

Performer Agreements

Film Option and Shopping Agreements

Film Financing Agreements (secured and unsecured)

Rights Assignments and Acquisition Agreements

Co-Production Agreements

Life Rights Agreements

Literary Publishing Agreements

We regularly assist with various business organization matters, including:


Partnership Agreements

Joint Venture Agreements

Shareholders Agreements

Rollover Agreements



Corporate Restructuring

Not-for-profit Incorporations

Charitable Registrations

Business Name Registrations

In addition, we represent our clients in a variety of copyright, trademark, privacy, and regulatory compliance matters, such as:

Copyright Registrations

Infringement Matters

Trademark Registrations

Trademark Opposition and Section 45 Proceedings

Privacy and Regulatory Compliance

Privacy Policies

Privacy Training

Privacy Breach Management


Chris Taylor, Founding Partner
Miro Oballa, Partner

Miro Oballa is a partner at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. He has been practicing entertainment law since 2002 in the areas of music, film, television, gaming, new media, sports, and event production.

Doug Murray, Partner

Doug Murray is a partner at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP, practising in the areas of film, television, new media and music law. He acts for a wide variety of film, TV and new media producers, financiers, distributors, agents, artists, writers, directors, actors and musicians.

Pat Leyland, Partner

Pat Leyland is a partner at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. Actively involved in the music industry for over 20 years, Pat has been with the law firm since its inception in 2006. He generally practices in the areas of intellectual property and corporate/commercial law, with a particular focus on drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts in relation to the music industry.

Safwan Javed, Partner

Safwan Javed is a partner at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP, having joined the firm in 2012. His practice generally focuses on intellectual property and business matters as they relate to the intersection between law and music/new media.

Alayna Kolodziechuk, Associate

Alayna Kolodziechuk is the corporate-commercial lawyer at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. Alayna provides a broad range of business law services for the firm’s entertainment and media clients, including incorporations and partnership agreements, contract drafting and negotiation and dispute resolution. Alayna also has expertise in privacy law and is a regular contributor to law reform efforts in this area.

Sarah Falzon, Associate

Sarah Falzon is an associate at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. Sarah joined the firm in 2016, prior to which she was an associate at a Toronto-based music law firm and at a full service Toronto law firm where she was a strong advocate for clients, regularly representing them at different levels of court. She currently practices in the areas of music and entertainment law, primarily working with and representing artists and music services companies navigating through varying stages of their careers and business.

Adrian Barnardo, Associate

Adrian Barnardo is an associate at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. He joined the firm as a summer student in 2015 and articled with the firm in 2016-2017. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2017. Adrian is a graduate of California State University (B.A. in Political Science & Government) and Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D.). He practices generally in the area of entertainment and media law.

Martin Boersma, Associate

Martin Boersma is an associate at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. Martin joined the firm in 2021 and is developing his entertainment and media law practice and as well as assisting on a range of corporate/commercial matters for the firm’s creative and entertainment adjacent clients. Martin holds a B.F.A. with Distinction in Theatre Performance from Concordia University and an M.F.A. in Acting from the School of Drama at the New School University in New York City.

Getting Here

Located in the heart of the vibrant Liberty Village neighbourhood in Toronto, our office is within walking distance from the TTC streetcar route on King Street and the GO Transit stops at Exhibition Station, and it is easily accessible by car via the Gardiner Expressway.

You can find us on the 3rd floor (Suite 330) of the Liberty Market Building located at 171 East Liberty Street.

From the East Liberty Street entrance (near Lynn Williams Street):


-Take stairs or elevator to third floor
-Walk straight, turn left at suite 310
-After the elevator, turn right
-Go straight, then turn left at the corner
-We will be the last office on your left-hand side

From the Hanna Avenue entrance (near the Green P parking lot):


-Take stairs to the second floor
-Walk straight, turn right at suite 206
-Take stairs or elevator to third floor
-After the elevator, turn right
-Go straight, then turn left at the corner
-We will be the last office on your left-hand side