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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

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
Article

Combatting cyber threats: CSE releases new baseline cybersecurity controls

Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column On April 5, 2019, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security released the Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Organizations intended to ...
Jun 17, 2019
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

News & Media

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
In the News

Lisa R. Lifshitz speaks to Business Law Today on Negotiating Agreements for Cloud Computing

ABA Business Law Today Lisa R. Lifshitz of our Emerging Technology and Technology, Privacy & Data Management Groups speaks to the American Bar Association's Business Law...
May 31, 2019
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

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