Safwan Javed is a partner at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. He began his entertainment law practice in 2009, focussing on music, literary works, film & television, new media, social media, and business. His clients include musicians, songwriters, music labels, music publishers, producers, mixers, authors, book publishers, influencers, artists, and entrepreneurs.
In 1995, Safwan co-founded the band, “Wide Mouth Mason.” They have multiple gold records and Juno-nominations, and have toured across the globe, including opening for The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, ZZ Top, and The Guess Who. Safwan remains the drummer and co-manager of the band.
Safwan completed his legal studies at the University of Ottawa (LL.B. cum laude), where he worked with the Technology and Law specialty group, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
Safwan regularly appears on national media to provide informed opinions and commentary on copyright laws. He is currently the president of Fair Trade Music International, a board member of the Songwriters Association of Canada, and a board member of Canada’s Music Incubator.