March 21, 2024

DWW is thrilled to announce the appointment of Partners Olalekan (Wole) Akinremi, Jennifer R. Davidson, and Counsel Elisabeth Symons as the new Co-Chairs of DWW’s Technology Law Practice. With over 40 years of combined experience practicing in all areas of technology law, our newly appointed co-chairs are well-equipped to advise on all aspects of the development, acquisition, protection and commercialization of technology.

About DWW’s Technology Law Practice

DWW’s Technology Law Practice is comprised of uniquely trained and experienced technology lawyers that have held roles within the technology industry, served as in-house counsel, and have represented clients from a wide variety of industries, creating an exceptional depth of understanding in the protection and exploitation of technology. The Technology Law Practice guides clients as they navigate the complexities of developing, procuring, and selling technology. The team has experience in several areas of emerging technology, including artificial intelligence and deep machine learning, biometrics and facial recognition, encryption technologies, digital courtrooms, data protection, software/ hardware/ infrastructure/ platforms as a service, internet of things, greentech, fintech, defence technologies, satellite signal control, policing technologies, semi-conductor chips, cryptocurrencies, and more.  

About our Co-Chairs:

Olalekan (Wole) Akinremi has a multifaceted practice, covering a variety of technology and privacy law matters, including advising clients on data security management, software implementation, outsourcing, website development, IP ownership, SaaS agreements, PaaS agreements, and licensing agreements.  Wole also supports clients in negotiating complex Master Services Agreements and Statements of Work for professional services engagements. Wole has extensive in-house counsel experience at several large organizations, most recently at a Big Four professional services firm, which has allowed him to develop a strong understanding of clients’ expectations of external counsel.  Wole is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/C) and is also a contributor for OneTrust’s Data Guidance legal research platform. Wole frequently speaks on technology and privacy law issues.

Jennifer R. Davidson’s technology practice encompasses advising on a diverse array of technology-related transactional matters with a focus on emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, robotics, biometrics, defense and policing technologies. Jennifer has worked with clients across a wide spectrum of industries from software development startups, to multi-national organizations, government agencies and financial institutions. Jennifer’s practical guidance helps organizations to navigate the incorporation and licensing of new technologies with an eye to her client’s needs today and in the future. Jennifer also advises clients on cybersecurity and privacy law, including all aspects of the digital risk management lifecycle. Jennifer acts as breach counsel for clients in both the public and private sectors, managing cyber security incidents on local, national, and international levels. Jennifer’s has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Lawyer for Data Protection and Privacy, Best Lawyers® Canada Ones to Watch list for three consecutive years, in the areas of IT Law, Privacy & Data Security Law, Technology Law, and IP Law, and was recognized with the Precedent Setter Award in 2022. Jennifer is the past President and a current Director of the Canadian Technology Law Association, past Chair and current Executive Member of the Ontario Bar Association’s IP & IT Section, and faculty of the Osgoode PD Certificate program Negotiating and Drafting IT Agreements. Jennifer is a frequent speaker and writer on issues relating to technology law, privacy, cybersecurity and diversity issues in the technology sector.

Elisabeth Symons’ expertise extends across a spectrum of technology and procurement related matters, including assisting clients throughout the duration of complex technology projects. Elisabeth's forward-thinking approach and practical solutions make her a trusted advisor for technology-related matters across both the public and private sectors.  The extent of Elisabeth’s expertise in Technology Law has also been recognized by others. Elisabeth has been recognized by Best Lawyers® as a leading practitioner in Information Law since 2017, and she was named Lawyer of the Year for 2022 for Information Technology Law in the City of Toronto. As well, she has been recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory since 2017.  Elisabeth is the current Chair of the Interactive Entertainment and Media section of the International Technology Law Association, and she is a past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s IP & IT Section and a former Vice President of the Canadian Technology Law Association Elisabeth also has an extensive publication history, and is a frequent speaker and educator on technology law issues.