• 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
Richard Austin is a partner of the firm. He practises exclusively in the area of information technology law.

Practice Areas

Richard’s areas of practice include outsourcing transactions, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, applications development projects, technology mergers and acquisitions, technology start-up support, access to information, privacy, security including cybersecurity and international data flows, IT governance and regulatory compliance, records retention and destruction policies (RRDP) and social media. Richard represents developers and 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Member
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Member
  • Canadian IT Law Association (IT.CAN), Former President and Director
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group (TCLG), Member
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as Preeminent, its highest level of professional ranking, in Technology and Science, Computers and Software and Labour and Employment
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada for 2014-2017 in Information Technology Law


October 23, 2017

Richard Austin will be participating in a panel, “Navigating the Challenges and Harvesting the Benefits of Big and Open Data” at IT.CAN’s 21st Annual Conference in Toronto on October 23, 2017.

Registration for the event is available here.

The conference brochure is available here.

September 15, 2017

Richard Austin will be a panelist during the 2017 Guide to Legal & Business Risk Management in Cloud and SaaS Based Environments event on September 15, 2017.  Richard will be presenting on a panel discussing: Cloud Computing Agreements: Tips, Tricks and Pitfalls

February 1, 2017

On February 1, 2017, Richard Austin presented "Consent in the time of big data" at the 14th Privacy & Data Security Compliance Forum.

A copy of the presentation is available here