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Lisa Lifshitz

Torkin Manes LLP | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A lawyer since 1994


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Torkin Manes LLP
151 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 2W7
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Lisa, a distinguished partner at Torkin Manes, devotes her practice to the nuanced realms of technology, privacy, and cybersecurity law. Leading the firm’s Technology Group, she is a master at crafting and negotiating a plethora of technology-related agreements, such as those for internet services, mobile commerce, cloud computing, mobile payments and fintech, alongside agreements for resellers, distribution, system acquisition, development, and master services. Her proficiency extends to dealing with artificial intelligence systems and blockchain technology, serving both providers and consumers of tech solutions. Lisa adeptly navigates high-stakes technology transactions and procurement for a diverse clientele that spans both private and public sectors, including engaging in significant cross-border endeavors and aiding foreign companies, particularly from the U.S., to establish and flourish in Canada.

As head of the Privacy & Data Management Group, Lisa provides pivotal guidance on adhering to Canadian privacy and cybersecurity mandates. Her counsel covers a broad spectrum, from managing trans-border data transfers and privacy protocols within corporate frameworks to offering strategies on breach response, privacy in corporate deals, and technology transactions, as well as ensuring compliance with Canada’s anti-spam laws.

An influential voice in her field, Lisa’s contributions include a vast array of presentations and publications, notably contributing to respected journals and co-editing pivotal works on cloud computing agreements and advising corporate directors on technology, under the auspices of the American Bar Association.

Her excellence is recognized globally, with accolades from Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers In Canada©, and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, citing her as a leading figure in Information Technology and Privacy & Data Protection. Lisa’s thought leadership is further acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal, placing her among the Global Elite Thought Leaders for her insights into data privacy, protection, and information technology.

Lisa’s roles extend beyond her practice; she is deeply involved with the American Bar Association, holding positions such as Content Officer and Chair of the Content Board of the Business Law Section and co-chairing subcommittees on Robotics and AI. Her leadership is also evident in her contributions to the Canadian Technology Law Association and Crossroads International, where she engages in executive and risk management capacities.

Lisa’s professional journey is underlined by her admission to the Ontario Bar in 1995, supported by legal and arts degrees from McGill University and Carleton University, reflecting her deep-rooted understanding of technology, law, and privacy issues. Her strategic foresight and commitment to excellence make her an indispensable resource for clients navigating the complex intersection of technology, privacy, and commercial law.


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