Richard Austin is Counsel to the firm. He practises exclusively in the area of information technology law.
Richard’s areas of practice include outsourcing transactions, applications development and systems implementation projects, technology mergers and acquisitions, technology start-up support, access to information, privacy, security and international data flows, IT governance and regulatory compliance, distribution and licensing, records retention and destruction policies (RRDP) and social media. Richard represents users of information technology in the public and private sector as well as domestic and international service providers.
Before joining Deeth Williams Wall, Richard was General Counsel of EDS Canada, one of Canada’s largest information technology service providers, for 18 years. Richard’s responsibilities at EDS Canada included providing strategic legal advice and guidance to senior management with respect to the Canadian business and to business leaders on specific transactions. Richard provides his clients with expert, effective legal advice based on his deep knowledge of the technology sector, experience with complex technology transactions and appreciation of customer issues and supplier concerns.
- Director and former President of the Canadian IT Law Association
- Member of the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group
- Admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1985
- LL.B., University of Toronto
- B.Sc. (Pure Mathematics) and M.Sc. (Game Theory), University of Calgary
Seminars and Publications
Richard is a frequent speaker on technology law issues including on outsourcing, contract renegotiations, IT governance and regulatory compliance, privacy and security, cloud computing, social media and software development. He is a member of the Executive Education Faculty of the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE) and blogs on outsourcing matters at www.slaw.ca.