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Debi Sutin is a member of the Gowling WLG Franchise and Distribution Law Group and Business Law Groups. She counsels domestic and international franchisors and manufacturers in all matters pertaining to pertaining to their franchise and distribution arrangements throughout Canada. Ms. Sutin is a member of the Canadian Franchise Association, the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the International Franchise Association and an Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Association Franchise Law Section.

Ms. Sutin is a frequent author on franchise-related matters and speaks regularly at conferences, seminars and other events on franchise law. She is 'Repeatedly Recommended' in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and named in The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers and Chambers Canada for Franchise Law and Who's Who Legal: The International Who's WHo of Business Lawyers.

Contact & Links
  • One Main Street West
    Hamilton, ON L8P 4Z5
Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • ABA Forum on Franchising - Member
  • Canadian Franchise Association - Member
  • International Franchise Association - Member
  • Ontario Bar Association Franchise Law Section - Executive Member

Gowling WLG
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario

214 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

27 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:
  • Franchise Law
  • Igor Kaplan Memorial Award

"Debi Sutin is a first class franchise lawyer. She knows what to look for and how to protect a client. What most impresses me is that she goes beyond the legalese and actually thinks through the business. Debi has asked questions about business procedures that I couldn't answer, demonstrating areas where I needed to delve deeper, but more importantly, requiring franchisor and franchisee to maintain a dialogue that results in better clarity and understanding BEFORE costly mistakes occur. Debi certainly has my vote."

- Tanya Christie (Hand & Stone Massage Spa), Toronto, ON

"It has been a pleasure working with Debi Sutin and her associates at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson. She exhibits a very high level of expertise, professionalism, and responsiveness. Debi often stays in touch to see if she can assist personally and will recommend someone else if the situation requires. Although I am a relatively new (and small) client, the level of service provided by Debi has exceeded my expectations."

- Jill Davies (TWISTED shakes), Toronto ON, ON

"Debi Sutin is the top in her field and truly cares about her clients. She is always available day or night Debi is ready to give her utmost attention to our questions or concerns. Our company is privileged to have Debi Sutin as our lawyer."

- Jo-Anne Spadafora (Twin Phoenix Corp), Oakville, ON

"Since coming on board as franchise legal advisor to the Tortoise Restaurant Group Inc., Debi Sutin has exhibited a superior knowledge of Franchise Law and it's applications within the Ontario market. She is bright, articulate, and forthright in her dealings with clients and colleagues alike. Her communications skills are clear and concise and she is extremely effective in identifying problems within a set format and resolving same. I would recommend Debi Sutin to anyone seeking to achieve results in a timely fashion."

- Peter James Fisher (Tortoise Restaurant Group Inc.), Burlington, ON

"I was pleased to hear that Debi Sutin was selected to be included in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Debi has been Spotless Dry Cleaners' solicitor for over four years. During this period, Debi's extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of Franchise Law, dedication, and professionalism have well exceeded my expectations. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Debi on this well-deserved honor."

- Cathy Commisso (Spotless Dry Cleaners), Burlington, ON

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