Meet our experienced team of Legal Professionals

Darlene Tonelli

Darlene Tonelli

Darlene founded Inter Alia Law because she saw an opportunity to improve the lives of in-house counsel and the business people who work with outside legal counsel. She primarily represents technology, media and entertainment companies, with a particular focus on clients experiencing rapid growth. In addition to drafting and negotiating a wide variety of general commercial agreements, Darlene provides advice on intellectual property licensing and related matters.  She aims to integrate with her clients’ business teams, assisting not just with contract drafting, but with the vision for the deal and the way it fits in with overall company strategy. Prior to founding Inter Alia Law, Darlene spent eight years as in-house counsel for Universal Music Canada, most recently as Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Affairs. Prior to Universal, Darlene was a lawyer with Goodmans LLP in Toronto.


  • University of Toronto, LLB
  • University of Calgary, BA (Hons) – Political Science

YEAR OF CALL  – 2003

Michael Hilliard

Michael is a technology lawyer who advises companies ranging from start-ups to global industry leaders on legal and regulatory matters.  In addition to drafting and negotiating agreements, Michael also provides advice on Canadian intellectual property, competition, privacy, advertising and promotions, Internet sales and French language laws.  Prior to joining Inter Alia Law, Michael functioned as general counsel for Microsoft Canada’s online, consumer and channel sales and marketing divisions as well as its developer, human resources, operations and finance groups. While at Microsoft, Michael also led key government and regulatory affairs and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Michael began his legal career as an intellectual property litigator at Gowlings GSH and then joined the technology business law group at Oslers, Hoskin & Harcourt, both in Toronto.


  • University of Toronto, LL.B
  • Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons) – Economics and Political Studies


Lynn Burshtein

Lynn is a marketing & advertising, media & entertainment lawyer with a wide range of experience in the music, television, film and publishing industries. Prior to joining Inter Alia Law, Lynn worked in private practice at a boutique entertainment law firm and as in-house counsel as Director of Legal Affairs at Live Nation, and Assistant General Counsel at Corus Entertainment. Lynn advises on copyright and trademark matters; advertising, marketing, contest promotions and sponsorships; contract negotiations; privacy law and other compliance matters. She also assists clients with the drafting of website, social media and other corporate policies. Lynn aims to provide her clients with practical legal advice in an efficient manner. However, since no two clients are the same, Lynn adopts an individualized approach when exploring available options with her clients, to help achieve the best possible results for them.


  • Dalhousie Law School, LLB
  • University of Manitoba, BA – Political Studies


Richard Wilks

Richard is a technology and entertainment lawyer with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Inter Alia, he ran his own legal and consulting practice through which he acted as general counsel to a well-known Canadian technology start-up, and advisor to a major television distributor on content and rights licensing. Richard has experience with the wide range of agreements that arise for companies experiencing rapid growth and change, and brings legal and business acumen to book publishing, film and TV deals, software licenses, sales agreements and copyright and trademark issues. Prior to running his own practice, Richard worked for 10 years at Shaw Media (formerly CanWest) where he led the legal teams that negotiated content licenses and distribution agreements for Shaw’s TV networks and digital media properties. Richard is a mentor at Ryerson’s DMZ and at ideaBOOST, the Canadian Film Centre’s accelerator program for digital entertainment and technology start-ups.


  • University of Arizona/Thunderbird, M.B.A.
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Economics), LL.B.


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