DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Partner Ryan J. Black

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is pleased to announce that Ryan Black has joined the firm ‎as Partner in the Vancouver office. Ryan practises technology-related corporate law, ‎with a particular focus on internet technologies, ecommerce, video games and esports. ‎

Ryan combines his expertise in intellectual property and technology law with a strong ‎background in corporate/commercial law and mergers and acquisitions, having acted ‎in some of British Columbia’s largest technology transactions. His services include ‎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, Ryan has a unique insight to ‎emerging technology matters ‎important to today's businesses, such as cybersecurity, ‎blockchain technologies, open source software, artificial intelligence, ‎cloud computing, ‎and social media. ‎

Ryan 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 ‎also is the co-author of "Internet Law Essentials: Canada's Anti-‎Spam Law" published by Specialty ‎Technical Publishers, among numerous other ‎publications. Ryan’s past speaking engagements include PAX West, PAX Dev, Game ‎Developers’ Conference, the Video Game Bar Association, the Esports Bar ‎Association, and the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. In 2017, ‎Ryan was named one of Canada's leading lawyers under 40 at the Lexpert Rising ‎Stars Awards, in 2018 as an Acritas Star and in 2019 as a Best Lawyer in Canada for ‎Information Technology. 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, Ryan was a member of the Technology, Intellectual Property ‎and Privacy group at a national Canadian business law firm, where he also Co-‎Chaired the Video Games and Esports 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, Q.C., ‎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.”‎