Canada: Data 2018

This year, we identify 52 leading practitioners who are recognised for their outstanding work in the data industry including privacy and protection, security, information technology, and telecoms and media law.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Charles S Morgan McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Montreal
2. John P Beardwood Fasken, Toronto
3. Mark S Hayes Hayes eLaw LLP, Toronto
4. David T S Fraser McInnes Cooper, Halifax
5. Lisa R Lifshitz Torkin Manes LLP, Toronto
6. Lorne Salzman Lorne Salzman Law Office, Toronto

McCarthy Tétrault sees six of its practitioners nominated in this chapter.
Charles Morgan is one of the foremost data specialists in the country and is highly respected among market players in the jurisdiction. He excels on issues relating to technology M&A, cloud computing and e-commerce.
Barry Sookman is a leading light in the Canadian data law space. He stands out for his exceptional work relating to privacy, data security and information technology.
Grant Buchanan is a well-recognised practitioner who garners widespread praise in our research for his particularly strong expertise in telecommunications regulation.
Peter Grant is an excellent lawyer who offers clients more than 45 years’ experience on a broad range of matters including broadcasting, satellite services and regulatory issues in the telecoms space.

Goodmans sees four impressive lawyers highlighted for their outstanding work in the field.
Richard Corley is a prominent name in the Canadian market. He receives high praise from sources who consider him “a great IT practitioner” with a superb understanding of outsourcing transactions and cleantech.
Michael Koch enjoys an excellent reputation in the market where he is well known for his antitrust and copyright work in the telecoms and advertising sectors.
Monique McAlister is an outstanding lawyer whose practice covers the gamut of telecoms matters, offering great insight into copyright, consumer protection and privacy issues.
Peter Ruby is recognised by sources as a standout name when it comes to technology disputes, data protection, telecommunications and IP matters.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt’s Wendy Gross is well respected among peers and clients alike who note she is adept on matters such as data privacy and protection and cloud computing.
Adam Kardash remains a favourite among market commentators who commend his top-notch practice that sees him involved in cybersecurity and data management for clients in a range of industries.

At Aird & Berlis, Donald Johnston enjoys a top reputation in the Canadian market for his work on a range of matters including M&A, intellectual property and data privacy.
Stephen Zolf has specialist understanding of issues relating to the media and telecoms sectors. He is highly sought after by clients who deep regulatory understanding.

At Fasken, John Beardwood stands out as one of the pre-eminent data lawyers in the country. His leading expertise spans a range of matters from IT to data privacy and protection.
Laurence Dunbar runs an enviable practice that sees him advise clients on issues arising from cross-border telecoms investment, including tariffs and foreign ownership restrictions.

Mark Hayes of Hayes eLaw is a distinguished player in the data space, with colleagues stating they would “refer files to him without hesitation”. His practice provides a wealth of expertise on copyright, IT and privacy issues.

At McInnes Cooper, David Fraser is described by commentators as “an excellent lawyer”. He is adept on matters arising from privacy compliance and issues relating to cloud computing.

At Torkin Manes, Lisa Lifshitz “should definitely be in the guide” according to sources who highlight her as one of the most prominent figures in the market. She has wide-ranging experience in the IT sector, offering specialist understanding of e-commerce, technology agreements and outsourcing.

Lorne Salzman at Lorne Salzman Law Office coms highly recommended by market sources who praise his leading expertise in the telecommunications sector. He is well known for his strong regulatory knowledge.

At Borden Ladner Gervais, Bradley Freedman possesses outstanding experience in the fields of cybersecurity and technology, areas in which he is recognised as a top name.

At Deeth Williams Wall, Amy-Lynne Williams is “a significant player in the field” and “one of the leading Canadian experts on technology law” according to respondents.
Richard Austin wins high praise from market commentators who consider him a go-to name for IT and data security matters.

At Mann Symons Law Office, Fraser Mann is a well-established name in the Canadian who stands out among peers for his expert handling of complex IT-related issues.

Blake Cassels & Graydon’s Sunny Handa is an excellent practitioner who receives plaudits from market sources for his impressive expertise handling corporate finance matters in the technology sector.
Sheldon Burshtein boasts “a strong reputation” in the market and wins praise from sources who note “he is fantastic to work with” and provides superb experience in the field of IP and technology law.

At Blaney McMurtry, Andrea Rush is an outstanding lawyer whose practice sees her advise on issues arising from cyber-risk, IT and data privacy issues.
David Ma receives widespread praise from peers for his excellent work relating to software licensing and crypto-currency.

At Bennett Jones Martin Kratz QC is “super knowledgeable” and “very personable” according to colleagues who consider him “the main guy in the oil and gas tech market in Calgary”.

David Elder of Stikeman Elliott commands great respect from sources in the jurisdiction. He has a well-respected practice that covers issues such as communications, compliance and data privacy.

KPMG’s Dominic Jaar is an excellent litigator who is a firm favourite among clients for his expertise relating to information management and investigations.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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