Biography

Lisa Lifshitz 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, mobile payment agreements and outsourcing, system acquisition and master services agreements. She provides technology-related advice on financings and acquisitions, including export control/open source advice 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, cybersecurity 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 and anti-spam compliance. She also advises on the oversight obligations of boards of directors regarding cybersecurity issues and on cybersecurity risk mitigation strategies more generally.

Lisa is a prolific writer on technology, privacy and cybersecurity law issues, including as the author of the monthly “IT Girl” column for Canadian Lawyer magazine online. She has contributed to such publications as the American Bar Association (ABA)’s Business Law Today, Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada and e-Commerce Law Report and has spoken for the ABA, Lexpert, the Canadian Technology Law Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the International Technology Law Association.

Lisa has been highly recognized by for her technology and privacy law expertise both nationally and internationally. She was awarded the 2018 Lexpert Zenith Award for Mid-Career Excellence in Computer and IT Law. She has been recognized since 2015 by The Best Lawyers in Canada for Privacy and Data Security Law, Technology Law; has been ranked in Chambers Canada and Chambers Global for Information Technology; and as a recommended lawyer in Computer & IT Law in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since 2005.  She holds leadership positions in the ABA’s Business Law and Science and Technology Sections.

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