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Ryan Berger is a partner in the Privacy Group and Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group in Vancouver. He has practiced commercial and employment litigation for 19 years, with a growing emphasis on data, privacy and business confidentiality issues. He advises employers in a wide range of employment and dismissal cases, as well as harassment and human rights complaints. He assists businesses with enforcement of restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information.

Ryan also has experience advising on data protection and privacy compliance, risk management strategies, breach response, transactions and litigation. He uses his experience in data breach response to advise on litigation and risk reduction strategies.

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Bar Association, Executive Member

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2020: recognized for Labour and Employment Law, Municipal Law and Privacy and Data Security law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2019recognized for Labour and Employment Law, Municipal Law and Privacy and Data Security law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2018: Recognized leading lawyer in the area of Labour & Employment law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2017: recognized for Labour and Employment Law, Municipal Law and Privacy and Data Security law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2016: recognized for Labour and Employment Law, Municipal Law and Privacy and Data Security law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2015: recognized for Labour and Employment Law, Municipal Law and Privacy and Data Security law

Experience

Experience

Privacy compliance

  • Compliance review and implementation plan for various lines of Canadian business in a US-based multinational financial institution such as information handling policies, breach response procedures, as well as regional and business-specific guidance documents. Key projects included creating a global privacy policy template, identifying gaps in existing policies, and updating regional and line of business documents
  • Review and assessment of multinational information flows, security and privacy compliance, advice on policy and procedure improvements, and third party vendor agreements for a leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, with a significant presence in the US and Europe
  • Canadian privacy review and analysis of existing apps and apps in development for a multinational bank, drafted and negotiated constellation of agreements for mobile wallet applications
  • Privacy assessment for a large Western Canadian retailer and pharmacy, including its e-commerce platform, gap assessment, as well as revision and negotiation of third party vendor contracts
  • Advising on Canadian privacy compliance and implementation of large vehicle fleet implementation and use of GPS systems, including negotiation of vendor agreement

Cyber risk management

  • Advising on comprehensive incident response plans for a multitude of organizations, including financial institutions, to address data security and privacy incidents affecting critical infrastructure, system availability and personal information breaches
  • Advising on risk and mitigation strategies against known and ongoing cyber attacks, including PCI risk and compliance 

Inquiries and Investigations

  • Representing publicly traded business in access to information inquiries
  • Representing various public bodies in inquiries before the BC privacy commissioner

Employment and Litigation

  • For employers in for-cause terminations resulting in wrongful dismissal claims and dismissal of human rights complaints alleging discrimination
  • For shareholders in corporate oppression action and dispute amongst shareholders regarding company valuation. Obtained remedy and value for shareholders

News & Publications

News & Publications

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Ryan Berger, Lawson Lundell Photo
Vancouver
t 604.631.9194
f 604.669.1620

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Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1999)

Education

University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1998)

Lee College, CA (B.A., 1994)

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