Lisa R. Lifshitz*

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


Lisa is a partner of the firm 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. 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 and privacy Law. She has written extensively for Canadian Lawyer, Business Law Today, the SciTech Lawyer and was 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. She has recently contributed to the Director's Technology Handbook: Tips and Strategies for Advising Corporate Directors (published by the American Bar Association in May 2021). 

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Awards & Recognition

  • Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory - “Most Frequently Recommended” lawyer: Computer & IT Law, “Consistently Recommended” lawyer in Technology Transactions (2021-Present)
  • Chambers Canada and Chambers Global Guide - Information Technology (2015 - Present)
  • Who’s Who LegalGlobal Elite Thought Leader in Data – Data Privacy & Protection, Data Security, Information Technology (2022 - Present)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - Information Technology Law, Privacy and Data Security Law, Technology Law (2015 - Present)
  • LEXPERT®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - “Most Frequently Recommended Lawyer” for Computer & IT Law (2022 - Present)
  • Lexpert Special Edition -  Technology and Health Sciences (2022 - Present)
  • Awarded the 2018 Lexpert Zenith Award for Mid-Career Excellence in Computer and IT Law
  • Who's Who Legal: Global Elite Thought Leader for Data - Data Privacy & Protection (2020 - 2021)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - Leading lawyer in Telecommunications, Media & Technology Law (2015-Present)
  • Who's Who Legal Data: Leading lawyer in Data Privacy and Protection (2018 - present)
  • Who's Who Legal Data: Leading lawyer in Data Security (2018 - present)
  • Who's Who Legal Data: Leading lawyer in Information Technology (2018 - present)
  • Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Leading lawyer in Data (2018 - Present)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Computer & I.T. Law (2014 - Present)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Technology Transactions (2014 - Present) 
  • IAM Licensing 250 - Leading lawyer in Patent and Technology Licensing in Canada (2012)
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Leading lawyer in Internet & e-Commerce Law (2009, 2011 - 2017)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada  - Leading lawyer in Internet & e-Commerce Law (2010-2017)
  • Chambers Global - “Notable Practitioner” (Band 3) for Information Technology Law in Canada, (2010)


  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Content Officer and Chair of the Content Board
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Council Member
  • American Bar Association, Science and Technology Section, Council Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force; co-author Vendor Contracting Project: Cybersecurity Checklist (2017)
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Cyberspace Law Committee, Co-Chair of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (SCOTIS)
  • American Bar Association - Science and Technology Section, Editorial Board, The Sci-Tech Lawyer
  • Canadian Technology Law Association, Director, 2019 - present
  • Canadian Technology Law Association, Cybersecurity Committee, Co-Chair 
  • Canadian Technology Law Association, Past President and Director, October 2013 - October 2017
  • American Bar Association, Member, American Bar Association - Business Law Section, Past Chair, Technology Committee, August 2014 - August 2017
  • American Bar Association - Business Law Section, Cloud & IT Services Subcommittee, Cybersecurity Subcommittee, August 2016 - August 2017
  • American Bar Association - Business Law Section, Past Member, Editorial Board, Business Law Today, August 2014 - August 2017
  • American Bar Association, Past Liaison to the Science and Technology Section and the Business Law Section, August 2011 - August 2014
  • American Bar Association, Past Vice-Chair, Cyberspace Law Committee, August 2008 - August 2011
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers Group, Past Treasurer, Chair and Vice-Chair, Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group, 1999 - 2002
  • Ontario Bar Association, Past Chair of the Executive of the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Section, 2006 - 2007
  • ITechLaw (formerly the Computer Law Association), Past Director, 2001 - 2007
  • ITechLaw (formerly the Computer Law Association), Co-Chair of the Publications Committee, 2002 - 2006
  • ITechLaw (formerly the Computer Law Association), Member, Planning Advisory Committee, ITechLaw 2003 World Computer and Internet Law Congress 2002 - 2003

Community Involvement

  • Director, Crossroads International, 2018 - present (Executive Committee and Chair of the Risk Committee)
  • Director, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, 2015 - 2017  
  • Director, SIM-one, Ontario Simulation Network, 2013 - 2014
  • Honourary Past Chair, Corporate Cabinet, The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancer & Torkin Manes LLP Team Captain, 2011 - 2015
  • Director, Bruce Trail Association, Toronto Section, 2011- 2014
  • eHealth Ontario, Director, 2009 - 2010
  • Past President of the Board of Directors, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST), 2007 - 2009
  • Director-at-large and member of the Executive Committee, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (O.S.P.C.A.), 1997-2004

Publications & Presentations

Presentation Jun 12, 2023

Regulatory Issues in Artificial Intelligence

Ontario Bar Association Career Accelerator Program
Presentation May 25, 2023

Negotiating Contracts for ‘as-a-Service’ Offerings

ITechLaw Association Toronto ’23 World Technology Law Conference


  • LLB & BCL, McGill University, 1993
  • MA, Carleton University, 1991
  • BA (High Honours), Carleton University, 1987


  • Ontario Bar, 1995