• 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.


Richard Austin Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, Information Technology Law, Privacy and Data Security Law and Technology Law, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, Lawyer of the Year for Information Technology Law, 2020
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Preeminent ranking in Computers and Software, Labour and Employment and Technology and Science
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, Information Technology Law, Privacy and Data Security Law and Technology Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Consistently Recommended for Computer & IT Law and Technology Transactions
  • Who's Who Legal, Global Leader in Data Security and Information Technology
  • Who's Who Legal, National Leader in Data

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


October 6, 2020

Richard Austin and Jennifer R Davidson will deliver an update on Privacy and Cyber Security for Regulated Professional Bodies in the COVID-19 Environment on October 6, 2020 at the INFONEX Conference on Professional Regulation and Discipline.

For more information or to register, click here: https://infonex.com/1358/agenda/

February 12, 2020

Richard Austin and Jennifer Davidson will be discussing accountability and risk in third party relationships in a lecture entitled "Where Does Accountability and Risk Lie in 3rd Party Relationships?" at the Council for Chief Privacy Officers on February 12th in Toronto.

November 19, 2019

Richard Austin will be speaking on “Third Party Contracts: How Well Are You Protecting Client/Confidential Information in the Hands of Your Third Party Providers Inside and Outside Canada?” at INFONEX's Legal Issues in Privacy & Cyber Security conference in Toronto on November 19, 2019.