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Lisa R. Lifshitz

Tel: 416 775 8821  Fax: 1 877 689 3891

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. 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 also provides technology-related advice on financings and acquisitions, including export control and open source advice on cross-border deals. She has considerable experience helping non-Canadian companies, especially American entities, create appropriate legal agreements for their entry into 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 new anti-spam legislation.

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada© - Privacy and Data Security Law, Technology Law (2015-Present)
  • Chambers Canada Guide - Information Technology (2015-Present)
  • Chambers Global - Information Technology (2015-Present)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - Leading lawyer in Telecommunications, Media & Technology Law (2015-Present)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada - Leading lawyer in Technology Media & Telecommunications Law (2015 - 2017)
  • 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 (2011-2017 and 2009)
  • 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)


    More Speaking & Writing
    • Canadian IT Law Association, President of the Board of Directors
    • American Bar Association - Business Law Section, Chair, Technology Committee
    • American Bar Association, ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems (SCOTIS)
    • American Bar Association - Business Law Section, Editorial Board, Business Law Today
    • American Bar Association - Science and Technology Section, Editorial Board, The Sci-Tech Lawyer
    • American Bar Association - Member, Cybersecurity Legal Task Force
    • American Bar Association - Council Member, Section of Science & Technology Law
    • American Bar Association, Liaison to the Science and Technology Section and the Business Law Section
    • American Bar Association, Past Membership and Public Relations Chair, Cyberspace Law Committee
    • American Bar Association - Business Law Section, Co-Chair, Cloud Computing Cybersecurity Checklist Project
    • American Bar Association - Business Law Section, Cloud & IT Services Subcommittee, Cybersecurity Subcommittee
    • American Bar Association, Past Vice-Chair, Subcommittees, Cyberspace Law Committee, August 2008-August 2011
    • American Bar Association - Science and Technology Section, International Coordinating Committee
    • Canadian IT Law Association, Past Treasurer and Director, October 2006-October, 2010
    • Canadian IT Law Association, Chair, Ad-hoc Committee on E-Commerce, 2003-2005
      Canadian IT Law Association, Conference Organizing Committee, 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2007-2014
    • 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
    • Director, Jane Goodall Institute of Canada (2015-2017)  
    • SIM-one, Ontario Simulation Network, Past Director
    • Honourary Chair, Corporate Cabinet, The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancer & Torkin Manes LLP Team Captain
    • Director, Bruce Trail Association, Toronto Section (2011- 2014)
    • eHealth Ontario, Director, March 2009-March 1010
    • 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)



     Best Lawyers Award Badge

    Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory


    • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1995


    • 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