Kristin Ali
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2678

Kristin's practice encompasses a broad range of complex business and commercial disputes, with a focus on cybersecurity, data privacy and information technology matters. She also advises clients on e-discovery strategies in complex commercial disputes.

Prior to joining Blakes, Kristin practised in Boston for a number of years at a leading international law firm, and her American legal experience is invaluable in cross-border matters. As part of her practice in the U.S., she represented public and private companies in litigation and government investigations relating to securities fraud, pharmaceutical compliance and data security breaches.

Kristin began her legal career in Toronto, clerking for Justices Doherty, MacPherson, Juriansz and LaForme of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

  • Counsel for a government agency in a complex C$27-million arbitration involving a failed software development project

  • Advises a range of clients on legal strategies for enterprise-wide cybersecurity programs

  • Advises a range of clients on liability risks to directors and officers arising from a data breach

  • Advised client on privacy implications and legal risks of using content from social media websites
PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Cybersecurity, July 11, 2017.
Co-author: Canada's securities regulators report on cybersecurity disclosure review
Data Protection Leader, Vol. 14, Issue 4, pp. 12-13, Cecile Park Media, April 2017.
Co-author: Cybersecurity Risk Management: Getting the Board on Board
Association of Corporate Counsel, ACC Ontario Newsletter, January 2016.
Co-author: Cybersecurity Risks in Canada
Bloomberg BNA World Data Protection Report, Volume 15, Number 11, November 2015.
Blakes Bulletin on Corporate Governance and Cybersecurity, October 19, 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Moderator: Data Breach Litigation: Lessons Learned from U.S. and Canadian Actions
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 5, 2016.
Moderator: The Breach Lifecycle: Managing the Risks of Cybersecurity
The Nineteenth Annual Canadian IT Law Association Conference (IT.CAN), Toronto, Ontario, October 27, 2015.
Co-speaker: 2015: The Year of the Health-Care Hack
Blakes Business Class Seminar: Prescription for Law: The World of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, Toronto, Ontario, October 7, 2015.
Panellist: Leading the Defence: Practical Strategies and Legal Considerations for Effective Cybersecurity and Data Breach Incident Response Planning
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, March 31, 2015.
Panellist: Emerging Areas in Class Actions: Cybersecurity
Blakes Business Class Seminar: Recent Developments in Class Action Practice and Jurisprudence, Toronto, Ontario, November 20, 2014.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Cybersecurity Lawyers Defend Against Attacks
Law Times, July 18, 2016.
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