Tyson Gratton 

Tyson Gratton

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 604.691.7444
e: tyson.gratton@mcmillan.ca

overview

Tyson is an associate in the Business Law Group in the firm's Vancouver office. Tyson’s practice focuses primarily on assisting emerging and growth stage companies manage corporate governance matters, negotiate contracts and licensing agreements, navigate growth financing, and facilitate routine corporate commercial matters. He also advises clients on the drafting of employment agreements, negotiating contractor relationships, and managing privacy issues. 

In his practice, Tyson works alongside companies from across Canada, the United States, and abroad who are creators, developers, integrators, innovators, distributors, and service providers, with a focus on entertainment, food and beverage, industrial design, and video game industries.  As a former television executive, Tyson knows what it takes to bring a diverse team of creatives, trades, and professionals together to bring a product to market.

Tyson both summered and articled with McMillan before joining the firm as an associate in 2014. He later spent three years as the Director of Business Development at a leading entertainment company where he drafted, negotiated, and reviewed various commercial contracts including: license agreements, sub-distribution agreements, and service agreements with international broadcasters, distributors, agents, manufacturers, and creatives. In addition, he advised on employment and privacy law matters such as: employment agreements, CASL compliance, and complex terminations.

He re-joined McMillan as an associate in 2018.

Publications

Shocking U.S. "Loot Box" Bill Should Surprise No One: The Video Game Industry Under Attack
VFX Animators Awarded Overtime Pay: Decision Sets High BC Bar for "High-Tech Professional"
"Intern(al) Affairs": Managing Unpaid Internships in British Columbia
Gotta Have (Good) Faith: Wrongful Dismissal and Aggravated Damages in George v. Cowichan Tribes
The Most Important Question is Why: the SCC Revisits Constructive Dismissal
28 Years Later: Constitutional Right to Strike Confirmed by Supreme Court
It's a Two-Way Street: Employees are Required to Give Notice of Resignation
2014 Year in Review: Ensure your organization stays on the "Nice List" in 2015
Green Eggs And Spam: The Surprising Side Dish to Canada's Anti-Spam Law that May Catch Software Businesses Off Guard
Streamlining Venture Issuer Disclosure Requirements – Overview Of New CSA Proposal
Supreme Court of Canada Finds Mandatory Retirement Lawful in Professional Partnerships
A Matter of Effect Over Form: Court Approves Novel Approach to Restrictive Covenants

News

Lyndsay Wasser comments on the importance of balancing employee privacy with security in Canadian Lawyer

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Certificate in Entertainment Law - 2016
  • University of British Columbia, Juris Doctor - 2013
  • University of British Columbia, B.A. Hons., Political Science - 2010

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 2014

Practices

business law
corporate governance
e-commerce
employment law
entertainment and media
licensing
private equity
technology

Industries

applied technology
biotechnology
food, beverage and agribusiness
franchising and distribution
media, communications and entertainment
retail

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association
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Tyson is an associate in the Business Law Group in the firm's Vancouver office. Tyson’s practice focuses primarily on assisting emerging and growth stage companies manage corporate governance matters, negotiate contracts and licensing agreements, navigate growth financing, and facilitate routine corporate commercial matters. He also advises clients on the drafting of employment agreements, negotiating contractor relationships, and managing privacy issues. 

In his practice, Tyson works alongside companies from across Canada, the United States, and abroad who are creators, developers, integrators, innovators, distributors, and service providers, with a focus on entertainment, food and beverage, industrial design, and video game industries.  As a former television executive, Tyson knows what it takes to bring a diverse team of creatives, trades, and professionals together to bring a product to market.

Tyson both summered and articled with McMillan before joining the firm as an associate in 2014. He later spent three years as the Director of Business Development at a leading entertainment company where he drafted, negotiated, and reviewed various commercial contracts including: license agreements, sub-distribution agreements, and service agreements with international broadcasters, distributors, agents, manufacturers, and creatives. In addition, he advised on employment and privacy law matters such as: employment agreements, CASL compliance, and complex terminations.

He re-joined McMillan as an associate in 2018.