Tycho Manson


Telephone: 416-855-0406
Email: tmanson@cfscounsel.com
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Tycho Manson was called to the Ontario bar in 1996. Before joining Chernos Flaherty Svonkin LLP in 2014, Tycho, who is a former journalist, spent more than six years as in-house counsel at one of Canada’s largest media companies, specializing in libel litigation, employment litigation and pre-publication advice, and advising on matters ranging from intellectual property issues to commercial disputes. Before that, Tycho spent more than eleven years at two of Canada’s largest law firms, where his work ranged from complex commercial matters to media law, environmental law, and tax litigation. Tycho has appeared at all levels of Ontario courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Federal Court. Tycho also has experience in medical negligence litigation, inquests and professional discipline proceedings.


Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2022 – Repeatedly Recommended practitioner in Litigation – Defamation & Media

Representative Counsel Matters

Tycho has acted on cases that include:

  • numerous defamation actions and threats against newspapers and broadcasters
  • online defamation claims for both plaintiffs and defendants
  • litigation arising from disputes over the application of earn-out provisions in corporate acquisition agreements
  • several large litigation matters arising from a dispute over the revenues of a First Nations casino
  • acting for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association on Little Sisters and R. v. Sharpe, two major freedom of expression cases at the Supreme Court of Canada
  • an arbitration for a major book retailer in connection with its rights to return inventory to publishers
  • multiparty litigation involving liability for environmental contamination at a number of service-station sites
  • a complex jurisdiction motion in a dispute arising from a commercial agreement in China


The Advocates' Society
Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
AD IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers' Association

Bar Admission

Ontario, 1996


LLB, 1994
University of Toronto

MA, 1982
Princeton University

MA, 1981
York University

BA (Honours), 1978
McGill University