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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.

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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

Ethics by design: Canada adopts AI ethics and data protection declaration

Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column Canada has added its voice to the global chorus of data protection and privacy commissioners calling for fairness, transparency and privacy by design ...
Dec 10, 2018
Article

Security by design: California’s new IoT security laws

Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column On Sept. 28, California became the first U.S. state to specifically regulate the security of connected devices, otherwise known as the Internet of Thi...
Nov 19, 2018

Podcast: Threat Actions This Week - Sea change in Canadian privacy law - global impact

Podcast — CYVERITY Canada joins global leaders offering stricter privacy protection in 2018 with mandatory breach notification. David Senf from Cyverity is joined by Lis...
Nov 1, 2018
Article

Winter is coming: Preparing for Canada’s new mandatory federal data breach regulations

Canadian Lawyer Online - IT Girl Column As of Nov. 1, 2018, organizations subject to the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act that experience a data breach (r...
Oct 15, 2018

News & Media

In the News

Lisa Lifshitz speaks to Bloomberg News about how legal Canadian cannabis sales are spurring data privacy concerns

Bloomberg News Marijuana companies need to ensure they don’t collect more data than needed.
Nov 20, 2018
Firm News

Torkin Manes recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers Canada

Chambers and Partners — Canada Torkin Manes recognized as a Leading Firm in Ontario in the areas of Corporate/M&A and Real Estate.
Sep 21, 2018
Firm News

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2019

The Best Lawyers in Canada We are pleased to announce that 22 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders.
Aug 21, 2018
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Lisa Lifshitz honoured with 2018 Lexpert Zenith Award

Congratulations to Lisa Lifshitz, partner at Torkin Manes and one of Canada’s leading lawyers specializing in the areas of information technolog...
Jun 21, 2018

Events

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

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...
Nov 9, 2016: 09:00 - 18:00

The 2016 Information Technology Law Spring Forum

Lisa R. Lifshitz will be co-chairing and speaking at The 2016 Information Technology Law Spring Forum. This annual conference seeks to provi...
May 16, 2016: 08:00 - 17:00