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DLA Piper adds technology partner in Vancouver

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 8:51 AM | By John Chunn


DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced that Ryan Black has joined the firm ‎as partner in the Vancouver office.

According to the firm’s press release, Black practises technology-related corporate law, ‎with a particular focus on Internet technologies, e-commerce, video games and e-sports.‎

Black’s practice includes ‎advising on ‎mergers and acquisitions, technology outsourcing, venture capital ‎funding, high-‎technology employment, game publishing, commercial contracting and ‎licensing.‎ ‎As a former software and Internet developer, Black has insight into ‎emerging technology matters ‎important to today’s businesses, such as cybersecurity, ‎blockchain technologies, open source software, artificial intelligence, ‎cloud computing ‎and social media.‎

Black is a frequent speaker and presenter on a wide variety of legal ‎matters including ‎Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), video games, privacy and cybersecurity and ‎technology law, and he ‎also is the co-author of Internet Law Essentials: Canada's Anti-‎Spam Law, published by Specialty ‎Technical Publishers, among numerous other ‎publications. In addition to his practice, he is an adjunct professor for the ‎Business Law Clinic at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, as well as a member of ‎the board of directors for the Video Game Bar Association, the Canadian Internet ‎Registration Authority and the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, responsible for ‎the annual Honda Celebration of Light.‎

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Black was a member of the technology, intellectual property ‎and privacy group at McMillan LLP, where he also co-‎chaired the video games and e-sports practice and served as its chief technology partner.

“I greatly look forward to contributing to the DLA Piper platform in Vancouver, ‎across Canada and globally. The Internet knows no borders, and I’m excited to help ‎build an ambitious, modern tech law practice at a firm so international in reach,” said ‎Black.‎

‎“Ryan is an important addition to our Vancouver office,” said Robert Seidel, Canada managing partner. “His background and deep industry knowledge in the ‎game-changing technology sector, as well as his demonstrated commitment to ‎excellence across multiple areas of law, will add tremendous value to our capabilities ‎on numerous fronts.”‎