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Lisa R. Lifshitz*

Tel: 416 775 8821 Fax: 1 877 689 3891
*Legal services provided through Lisa Lifshitz Professional Corporation

Lisa is a partner in Torkin Manes’ Business Law Group, specializing in the areas of information technology and business law and is the leader of the firm’s Technology, Privacy & Data Management Group and Emerging Technology Group. Lisa has particular expertise in preparing and negotiating technology agreements, including Internet-related, m-commerce and e-commerce agreements, cloud computing agreements (SaaS, PaaS, IasS), cloud retail agreements, cloud storage agreements, app development agreements, hosting agreements, mobile payment agreements, reseller, distribution, outsourcing, system acquisition, maintenance and support agreements, master services agreements and consulting and services agreements. She provides technology-related advice on financings and acquisitions, including export control on cross-border deals. She also provides guidance on IoT, AI/smart contracts, blockchain and open source legal matters. Lisa has considerable experience helping non-Canadian companies, especially American entities, create appropriate legal agreements for their entry into the Canadian marketplace.

Lisa also practises in the area of privacy and information management, advising both Canadian and international clients on compliance with Canadian privacy requirements. She routinely advises clients on trans-border data transfers, data breach management, privacy compliance in corporate transactions and negotiations, and privacy due diligence in connection with information technology transactions. She also advises on compliance relating to Canada’s anti-spam legislation.

Lisa is a sought after speaker and has written extensively within the field of IT Law. She writes a monthly "IT Girl" column in Canadian Lawyer and is also the co-editor and a contributor to Cloud 3.0: Drafting and Negotiating Cloud Computing Agreements, published in May 2019 by the American Bar Association.

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Education

  • LL.B. and B.C.L., McGill University Faculty of Law, 1993
  • M.A. in Soviet and Eastern European Studies, Carleton University, 1991
  • B.A. (High Honours), Carleton University, 1987

Credentials

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1995

Publications & Presentations

Article

California now has toughest law in U.S. for the collection of personal information

Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column If you work at a company that engages in cross-border transactions involving consumers, including in California, brace yourself – some additiona...
Sep 16, 2019
Book

Artificial Intelligence in Canada

Chapter author in Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines: Understanding A.I. and the Legal Impact How will the law change to accommodate the role of artificial intelligence in society and how much of that change has occurred already? When machines ...
Aug 20, 2019
Article

A Fine Mess: the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office's proposed GDPR fines

Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column The calm of the lazy, hazy July summer was recently shattered by two announcements from the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office that sent a s...
Jul 15, 2019
Article

Tech competence should be required

Canadian Lawyer Magazine — IT Girl Column With data breaches making news almost daily, I was not surprised by a recent survey by Robert Half Legal that found that 87 per cent of 150 full-time ...
Jul 3, 2019

News & Media

Firm News

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2020

The Best Lawyers in Canada We are pleased to announce that 24 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders in their respective fields in the latest edition of T...
Aug 21, 2019
Firm News

Lisa R. Lifshitz recognized by Who's Who Legal as a Thought Leader for Data

Who's Who Legal Congratulations to Lisa R. Lifshitz, a partner in our Business Law Group, specializing in the areas of information technology and business law and the...
Aug 20, 2019
In the News

Privacy commissioner suspends consultation following Equifax data breach — Lisa R. Lifshitz speaks to Canadian Lawyer

Canadian Lawyer The Canadian government’s privacy watchdog is quietly winding down a consultation that was announced in April following the Equifax data br...
Jun 3, 2019
In the News

When AI makes a bad decision, who's legally responsible? Lisa R. Lifshitz speaks to CBC about how these legal issues might apply in Canada

CBC — Spark A Hong Kong billionaire, an investment manager, and a money managing supercomputer called K1 – what could go wrong? K1 was designed to comb thro...
Jun 3, 2019

Events

Lisa R. Lifshitz to speak at the ISMG Cybersecurity Summit: Toronto

Lisa R. Lifshitz, chair of our Emerging Technology, and Technology, Privacy and Data Management Groups, will be speaking on "Cloud 3.0 - Best Practice...
Sep 24, 2019

Lisa R. Lifshitz to speak at the ABA’s Business Law Section Spring Meeting, March 29th in Vancouver

Lisa R. Lifshitz, chair of our Emerging Technology, and Technology, Privacy and Data Management Groups, will be speaking on “AI in Canada”...
Mar 29, 2019: 00:00

Managing Data Breaches

Lisa R. Lifshitz of our Technology, Privacy & Data Management and Emerging Technology Groups hosted a webinar on Thursday, January 24, 2018 on the...
Jan 22, 2019 - Jan 24, 2019

Managing Cybersecurity Risk

Please join us for a continuing education seminar on the following topics of key relevance to your business. For more information or to register, plea...
Nov 14, 2018: 08:00 - 11:30