John Duncan

John holds degrees from Yale University (B.A. 1982) and McGill University (LL.B. 1986) and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988.

John founded John Duncan & Assoc. (the predecessor firm to Duncan Morin LLP) in 1993, after practising corporate commercial law with Fasken & Calvin (now Fasken Martineau) for three years and working as Director of Business and Legal Affairs for a leading Canadian television production company for two years.

He acts for live action and animation producers in all aspects of television and film production. He has particular expertise in the areas of international co-production, production financing, Canadian content structures, rights acquisition and Producer’s Errors & Omissions Insurance. John also acts for format owners and licensees in connection with a number of significant format productions (scripted and non-scripted).

John has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada® in the field of entertainment law every year since Best Lawyers in Canada’s inception in 2006. He is also listed as one of the world’s leading entertainment lawyers in Who’s Who Legal (International) 2017, as one of Canada’s leading entertainment lawyers in Who’s Who Legal (Canada) 2017 and as a leading lawyer in the area of entertainment law in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.

Gigi Morin

Gigi holds degrees from the University of Guelph (B.A. (Honours) 1990) Dalhousie University (Graduate Diploma 1992) and the University of New Brunswick (LL.B. 1995) and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997 after articling with Fraser & Beatty (now Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP).

Gigi joined John Duncan & Assoc. in 1998 and became a founding partner in Duncan Morin LLP in 2000.

Gigi acts for a variety of television and film live action, documentary and animation producers on a broad range of matters including rights acquisitions, broadcast and licensing matters, financing including Canadian content structures and international co-productions, Errors & Omissions insurance and clearance matters and related union and guild matters. In recent years Gigi’s practice has expanded to include a variety of producers engaged in lifestyle programming as well as producers developing, producing and exploiting content in alternative multimedia platforms.

Gigi is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), is a member of Women in Film and Television Toronto (WIFT-T), The Toronto Film Board and FilmOntario.

Lorri Charnetski

Lorri holds degrees from the University of Toronto (B.A. 1992) and Queen’s University (LL.B. 1995) and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998, after articling for a Canadian financial institution.

Lorri joined Duncan Morin in 2010, bringing ten years of experience in the media and entertainment industry garnered from her practice at a major national law firm. Lorri’s practice focuses on the financing, production and exploitation of motion pictures, television programs and other media content and she has particular expertise in production and corporate financing, Canadian content and international treaty co-production and co-venture structures, Canadian and foreign tax incentives and the securitization of intellectual property. Lorri acts primarily for leading domestic and international financial institutions, lenders and private investors in connection with production financing, corporate credit facilities, syndications and security realization.

Shannon McKechnie

Shannon graduated from Centennial College with a Law Clerk Diploma in 2004. Shortly after that she joined the team at Duncan Morin LLP where she quickly assumed responsibility for all paralegal services. Shannon specializes in Corporate Law. She deals with the incorporation, organization and maintenance of production companies and handles the preparation and registration of all Canadian and US Copyright applications. She is familiar with the production financing process and takes care of the PPSA searches and registrations for bank financings. Shannon is also responsible for the daily operations of the entire office.

Monica Duncan

Monica holds a degree from the University of Toronto (B.A. 1983). She joined the firm on its inception in 1993. In addition to acting as John Duncan’s assistant, Monica is currently head of administration and oversees systems and operations of the firm.