BA (Memorial), LLB (Osgoode)
Mr. Duarte practices exclusively in the area of entertainment law. He is the author of CANADIAN FILM & TELEVISION BUSINESS & LEGAL PRACTICE, a comprehensive loose leaf legal text published by Canada Law Book in 2000 with regular updates. Mr. Duarte was awarded Memorial University’s medal in political science upon completing his undergraduate degree. Upon completion of his law degree from Osgoode and articling with Telefilm Canada, he began his legal career in 1986 as Legal Counsel and later Vice-President of Business and Legal Affairs for Allegro Films Inc., a producer and distributor of theatrical feature films. In 1990, Mr. Duarte became Legal Counsel to the Ontario Film Development Corporation (now Ontario Media Development Corporation) for its many film and television investments and loans. Since 1992, Mr. Duarte has been in private practice representing producers, institutional investors, distributors, and others in the film and television industry. He has been legal counsel on numerous productions including theatrical feature films (HIDDEN, LESLIE: MY NAME IS EVIL, HOW SHE MOVE, BEOWULF & GRENDEL, MONKEY WARFARE, POOR BOY’S GAME, LOVE COME DOWN, TOUCH OF PINK, BETWEEN STRANGERS, THE RED VIOLIN) and television movies and mini-series (KIDS IN THE HALL: DEATH COMES TO TOWN, DIAMONDS, GUNS, ONE DEAD INDIAN, LIVES OF THE SAINTS, TWITCH CITY).