Toronto (February 25, 2014) — Priscilla Platt has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), a pre-eminent, 750-lawyer full-service firm, as counsel in the Toronto Privacy and Access to Information Group. With over twenty years of experience, Priscilla’s practice focuses exclusively in privacy and access to information law.

"The evolving regulations and requirements surrounding privacy and access to information law is a significant issue for all businesses and institutions in Canada," said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO of BLG. "Priscilla is a great addition to our Privacy and Access to Information Group and we are delighted that she has chosen to continue her career with BLG.”

Priscilla’s expertise in these areas is well recognized. Her experience was first honed in the public sector where privacy and access to information laws originated. After close to twenty years as lead counsel in these areas for the Ontario government, Priscilla joined a law firm at a time when Canada passed its first private sector privacy law. In so doing, Priscilla was able to bring her expertise to a wider group, including the broader public sector and the private sector. Priscilla has worked on a wide variety of regulatory matters involving these entities. She has represented clients across Canada, and before regulators in Ontario and federally. In addition, she has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, and in many instances has established precedent setting decisions in relation to privacy and access to information matters. In these areas of the law, Priscilla has also assisted clients with compliance matters, relating to the development of appropriate policies, service provider arrangements, audits, reviews, negotiations, privacy impact assessments and responses to privacy breaches.

“We are fortunate to have Priscilla’s specialized expertise join our Firm,” says John Godber, national leader of BLG’s Business and Corporate Commercial Group.  “Priscilla’s background and experience are a perfect complement to our national practice and will be a huge asset for our clients as they respond to the challenges and changes in this area of law.”

BLG’s Privacy and Access to Information Group assists clients with complex regulations, while striking the right balance between business interests and protecting the privacy of individuals. Privacy and access issues touch on almost every areas of business and BLG works with clients to identify effective practices and procedures to help manage these issues. Experienced in privacy and access to information regulations with both the public sector and private sector, and at the provincial and federal levels, the team leverages the multidisciplinary expertise of the full-service firm to provide a wide range of services in the areas of business, labour and employment, education, pension and benefits, health, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and intellectual property.

An active member of several professional organizations, Priscilla was a founding member of the Privacy Law sections of both the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), and served as the first chair of both sections. She has been an executive member of the Privacy Law Section and the Public Sector Lawyers' Section of the OBA. In 2005, as part of her work with the OBA, Priscilla helped develop "Short Notices" in relation to Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).  These notices were distributed widely to Ontario hospitals, doctors and other health care providers to advise the public of their privacy rights under the legislation.  In 2006, the OBA awarded Priscilla the first Karen Spector Award for Excellence in Privacy Law.

“I was drawn to this opportunity at BLG given the firm’s integrated and collaborative approach to addressing the legal issues of its clients,” said Priscilla.  ”I look forward to continuing my practice as part of BLG’s extensive, dedicated and impressive team and the excellent platform it provides to our clients.”

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

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