Mark Lewis

LLB, University of Western Ontario, 1976

Bar Admission
Ontario, 1978


Mark has been actively involved in the broadcasting, entertainment and telecommunications industry for over 45 years.
As a spunky sixteen-year old, he was the first to go door-to-door selling cable TV subscriptions just ahead of the wiring crews. Mark became involved in many aspects of broadcasting and film in Canada as he literally worked his way through high school, university and law school as a professional broadcaster.  Mark attended the University of Western Ontario Law School not only to please his parents but to apply the law to the industry that he loved. Since being called to the bar in 1978 as a media and entertainment lawyer, Mark has worked for the largest broadcasting networks in Canada, served as legal counsel to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and has been special counsel to Industry Canada and the Federal Department of Justice in the investigation of unlicensed broadcasting undertakings.  In 2005, he co-founded Direct Response Television Collective Inc., a collective society that administers rights on behalf of multiple copyright owners.  Formerly the national coordinator of the media-entertainment, communications and telecommunications law practice at Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP, in January 2006, Mark co-founded LBH with Eric Birnberg and Richard Hanet.
“After practicing law for over three and a half decades, I face new exciting challenges every day.  We provide counsel to domestic and multi-national clients who provide innovative and leading edge broadcasting and telecommunications services in Canada. The key to our success is having an understanding of the “next” technology, from a hands-on perspective.  I’m probably the one of the earliest early-adopters of new technology in this country – it’s been a passion of mine for decades.  By way of example, when I built a satellite receiving system by hand in 1979, one of the first dozen systems in Toronto, I acquired a full understanding of the potential of direct-to-home satellite broadcasting. Years later when a client sought advice regarding the introduction of a new satellite radio service, we had a head start.”
Mark Lewis