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Ryan Berger


Ryan Berger



Ryan Berger advises on data and privacy compliance, risk management strategies, breach response, transactions and litigation.

Ryan has practiced commercial and employment litigation for 18 years, with a growing emphasis on data, privacy and business confidentiality issues.

He counsels clients on a broad range of data, privacy, cybersecurity and information management issues. Ryan routinely advises and represents public bodies, financial institutions, retailers and telecommunications companies in compliance, risk management, investigations and inquiries. Experience in information law issues include data-based products and services, big data, use cases, marketing, corporate transactions, SaaS and vendor management, cross-border sharing and storage, cloud computing, incident and breach response and pre-response planning. Transactions commonly involve sensitive data, electronic medical records, e-commerce applications, new technology and compliance. Ryan has experience in data breach response and applies this in advising on litigation and risk reduction strategies.

He is past chair and current executive member of the British Columbia Information and Privacy section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Ryan 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 Berger is an adjunct professor at the UBC Law School.

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  • Education

    LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1998
    B.A., Lee College, CA, 1994

  • Representative experience

    Mr. Berger has acted in the following matters:

    Privacy compliance

    • Canadian compliance for a mobile wallet application rolled out by a significant global financial organization
    • Collection, use, and sharing of mobile device information and series of agreements with related service providers
    • Compliance for an e-commerce platform for a retail chain

    Cyber risk management

    • Advising public bodies on privacy breach protocols, investigations, notice requirements, and threat assessments
    • Advising various private and public bodies on breach notification requirements, limiting exposure, and managing notice

    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
  • Admissions
    • British Columbia 1999
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2017: Recognized leading lawyer in the area of Labour + Employment Law
    • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2016: Recognized leading lawyer in the area of Labour + Employment Law
  • Memberships and activities
    • Adjunct professor of the University of British Columbia Allard School of Law
    • Canadian Bar Association - Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Freedom of Information and Privacy Law Section and Local Government Law