Ira Parghi is counsel in BLG’s Toronto office and a member of the firm’s Health Law and Privacy and Data Protection practice groups.
Ira advises clients on access to information issues and on all stages of the life cycle of information privacy and security incidents: prevention (education, best practices, policies, audits), investigation, analysis (including under multiple potentially applicable provincial, state, and federal laws), reporting (to consumers and regulators), remediation, and regulatory investigation (again, potentially involving multiple regulatory bodies, laws, and jurisdictions). She has experience with a broad range of privacy matters, including cybersecurity breaches and ransomware incidents. Ira helps clients navigate often complex US-Canada cross-border regulatory landscapes, and, having worked in an in-house privacy role, provides practical advice that is operationally feasible. She has counseled health-care providers, medical technology companies, multinational pharmaceutical firms, universities, start-up companies, and non-profits, in both the US and Canada.
Ira also defends hospitals and other health-care organizations in medical malpractice litigation as counsel to the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC). She has represented clients before courts, administrative tribunals, and Coroner’s Inquests.
Ira previously worked as the Corporate Privacy Officer for a large health system, and as Counsel in the San Francisco office of a global law firm.