Ira Nishisato is a Litigation Partner based in Toronto and National Leader of BLG's Cybersecurity and Cyber-Risk Management Practice. A widely-recognized expert in civil litigation, Ira currently serves as Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).
Ira's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, commercial fraud, intellectual property litigation, cybersecurity and information technology litigation, and international disputes and investigations. He has unique expertise in extraordinary remedies including Anton Piller (civil search), Mareva (asset freezing) and Norwich Pharmacal (equitable discovery) orders, and has appeared in nearly 100 injunction proceedings before Canadian courts.
Ira has litigated a diverse array of cases over his career, including cases involving administrative law, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting, asset tracing and recovery, banking, broadcasting and telecommunications, class actions/mass torts, computer and Internet law, contempt proceedings, cybersecurity and cybercrime (including privacy, data protection and information security), conflict of laws, constitutional law, contracts, corporate/commercial law, defamation, fiduciary duties, fraud, intellectual property, labour and employment, officer and director liability, product liability, professional negligence, public and private international law, and shareholder disputes. He has also brought numerous applications for the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judgments, for letters of request/letters rogatory, and to stay proceedings on jurisdictional grounds.
Ira appears before all levels of courts in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Ontario Divisional Court and Superior Court of Justice. He also appears regularly before the Commercial Court in Toronto. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and since 2001, he has been the author of the annual text Ontario Litigator's Pocket Reference that is widely used by lawyers throughout Ontario.