Pat Leyland is a partner at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. Actively involved in the Canadian music industry for over 15 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.
Pat began his career in the music industry as a guitarist and co-writer in the Ontario-based modern rock band left Pencey, which ultimately signed a recording deal with U.S. major label Arista Records. After the band dissolved, Pat went on to graduate summa cum laude from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He then entered the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he served as president of both the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and the Technology & Intellectual Property Group, in addition to being a volunteer coordinator for Artists' Legal Advice Services, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal advice to artists living in Ontario. After completing his legal education, Pat articled with the firm and was called to the bar in 2008.
Outside of Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP, Pat is a contributing author to Canadian Musician magazine, has conducted seminars for SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, and the Harris Institute, and has been a guest speaker for various organizations, including SOCAN, the Western Canadian Music Awards, University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, the Songwriters Association of Canada, and Nova Scotia Music Week. He also regularly attends such music conferences as Canadian Music Week, North By Northeast, Pop Montreal, South By Southwest, and CMJ Music Marathon.
In his downtime, Pat continues to write and perform music with friends, enjoys playing softball and scuba diving with his wife Christine, and loves introducing his daughters Jenna and Erin to the wonderful world of music (especially the deep cuts of the Smashing Pumpkins and the works of John Williams).