Ottawa (July 9, 2009) – Barbara McIsaac, one of Canada's leading experts in privacy law, has joined the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Previously she was managing partner for McCarthy Tétrault's Ottawa office where she advised private sector clients and government bodies on trade and procurement law issues, Charter and Human Rights issues, and more.

But she is likely best known for her defining work in privacy, where she literally wrote the book. She is a co-author of The Law of Privacy in Canada , one of the most widely used text books on Canadian privacy law.

'Privacy issues have never been more important in Canada,' Ms. McIsaac said. 'For example, in the critically important area of e-health we know that we need to get our health records on line to improve the efficiency of our health care system but we must be careful to deal properly with privacy concerns.'

Another one of Ms. McIsaac's areas of focus is government procurement. 'Barb adds tremendous depth to our team in many important areas,' said Marc Jolicoeur, Regional Managing Partner of the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais. 'Just looking at government spending on the economic stimulus package, our clients benefit from access to someone like her who is recognized in the 2009 Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers in the area of trade and procurement law projects.'

Ms. McIsaac also brings significant litigation experience to BLG, including 10 appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. She served as counsel in the case that led to the Supreme Court's original decision that the Patent Act does not permit the patenting of life forms; and in the case in which the Court ruled on the right to the return of illegally collected taxes.

She also served as Senior Counsel to the Somalia Inquiry and Senior Counsel for the Government of Canada for the Arar Inquiry.

'I'm looking forward to working with my new colleagues, many of whom I already know quite well,' she said. 'I will help BLG clients wherever I can, and I'm also looking forward to helping the firm as a mentor where I can do that.'

Ms. McIsaac received her LLB from Queen's University in 1973, and was called to the Ontario bar in 1975. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990, and is an active member of the Advocates' Society, a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations and the Carleton County Law Association. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She sits on the board of the National Capital YM/YWCA.

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