Lisa Lifshitz

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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 currently writes the “IT Girl” technology column for Canadian Lawyer and has authored numerous articles for such publications as Business Law Today, Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, e-Commerce Law Report and the BNA International World Data Protection Report. Lisa is also a frequent speaker on technology law issues for organizations such as the American Bar Association, Lexpert, the Canadian Technology Law Association (formerly the Canadian IT Law Association), the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the International Technology Law Association. Lisa is currently the Co-Chair of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee, Cyberspace Committee, Business Law Section (BLS) and sits on the Councils of both the BLS and the Science and Technology Section.  She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the SciTech Lawyer. She is the co-Editor and a chapter contributor to "Cloud 3.0: Drafting and Negotiating Cloud Computing Agreements" published by the ABA in May, 2019.

Lisa has been highly recognized by various publications throughout her career. She has been recognized since 2015 by The Best Lawyers in Canada for Privacy and Data Security Law, Technology Law. She is also ranked in Chambers Canada and Chambers Global for Information Technology. Lisa is ranked as a recommended lawyer in Computer & IT Law in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since 2005, and was awarded the 2018 Lexpert Zenith Award for Mid-Career Excellence in Computer and IT Law. Lisa is also recognized as a leading Internet & e-commerce lawyer in Who's Who Legal: Canada; and in IAM Licensing 250 as one of Canada's leading patent and technology lawyers.


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