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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

Federal Court makes clear: Website scraping is illegal

Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column As a general rule, we all know it is not a good idea to scrape content from a website, yet some companies persist in this behaviour contrary to law an...
May 13, 2019
Presentation

The Privacy and Security Challenges of New Technologies

PLI Privacy and Data Security Law Conference, May 6, San Francisco and June 7, Chicago  
May 6, 2019
Article

The many lessons of the Equifax data breach

Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column In a sweeping and detailed report of findings in the Equifax decision released on April 9, 2019, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, sev...
Apr 15, 2019
Book

Cloud 3.0: Drafting and Negotiating Cloud Computing Agreements

Co-Editor Who needs a book on contracting with cloud computing vendors? Aren’t all cloud contracts basically commoditized, comprised of “boilerplate...
Apr 2, 2019

News & Media

In the News

Lisa Lifshitz speaks to Canadian Lawyer about the importance of lawyers increasing cybersecurity resources

Canadian Lawyer Nearly nine in 10 Canadian lawyers plan to increase cybersecurity resources within their firms in order to keep sensitive data safe from breaches, whi...
Apr 29, 2019
Firm News

Congratulations to our lawyers recognized in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Torkin Manes is pleased to announce that several firm lawyers have been named as leaders in their fields in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Direc...
Apr 24, 2019
In the News

Azelis strengthens its presence in Canada through the acquisition of Chemroy

On March 11, 2019, Azelis, a leading specialty chemical supplier operating globally, announced it has acquired Chemroy, a Canadian distributor of spec...
Mar 27, 2019
In the News

Privacy protection at issue in pot purchases — Lisa Lifshitz speaks to the Law Times

Law Times Protecting the identity and financial information of those who purchase marijuana is one of the primary concerns of the nascent retail market for rece...
Mar 12, 2019

Events

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

Cybersecurity Webinar Series

Lisa R. Lifshitz and Myron Mallia-Dare of our Technology, Privacy & Data Management and Emerging Technology Groups hosted a  Cybersecurity We...
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

Cloud 3.0 – Drafting and Negotiating Effective Cloud Computing Agreements

Lisa Lifshitz is the leader of a day-long course on best practices in negotiating and structuring cloud computing agreements. In addition to leading t...
Dec 7, 2017: 09:00 - 18:00