Ira Nishisato



Ira's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, commercial fraud, investigations, cybersecurity and information technology litigation, intellectual property litigation, and international dispute resolution.

He leads complex international fraud litigation and investigations and asset recovery proceedings, and is a widely-recognized expert in in extraordinary remedies, including Anton Piller (civil search), Mareva (asset freezing) and Norwich Pharmacal (equitable discovery) orders.  He has appeared in nearly 100 injunction proceedings before Canadian courts and has fashioned creative, leading-edge remedies to assist clients.

Ira advises clients on cybersecurity, data breaches and information security intrusions, and served as “breach coach” on numerous occasions. He served as counsel in many important information technology and intellectual property cases in Canada.

Ira has also brought numerous applications for the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judgments, for letters of request/letters rogatory, and to stay proceedings on jurisdictional grounds.

Ira appears before all levels of courts in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Ontario Divisional Court and Superior Court of Justice. He also appears regularly before the Commercial Court in Toronto.

The wide range of cases he has litigated include:

  • administrative law
  • anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting
  • asset tracing and recovery
  • banking
  • broadcasting and telecommunications
  • class actions/mass torts
  • computer and internet law
  • contempt proceedings
  • cybersecurity and cybercrime (including privacy, data protection and information security)
  • conflict of laws
  • constitutional law/Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • contracts
  • corporate/commercial law
  • defamation
  • fiduciary duties
  • fraud
  • intellectual property
  • labour and employment
  • ·officer and director liability
  • product liability
  • professional negligence
  • public and private international law
  • shareholder and partnership disputes

Ira is the national leader of BLG’s cybersecurity and cyber risk management practice.


  • Defended global tobacco companies Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco International Inc. against a $330 billion claim for recovery of healthcare costs by the Government of Ontario.
  • Prosecuted a claim on behalf of a UAE-based family trust involving a multi-million-dollar, worldwide “e-banking” fraud perpetrated across multiple jurisdictions over the internet.
  • Represented U.S.-based avionics firm Rockwell Collins Inc. in complex litigation arising out of the termination of the Learjet 85 program.
  • Obtained an emergency interlocutory injunction for U.S. broker-dealer and investment advisory firm Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in a cyber-ransom dispute with a network service-provider.
  • Designed and executed national anti-piracy enforcement strategies for satellite television providers Bell TV, DIRECTV and DISH Network and encryption technology provider NagraStar, LLC.
  • Designed and executed anti-counterfeiting strategies for global brand owners such as Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton Malletier and Zumba Fitness.
  • Represented global pharmaceutical company Pharmacia Inc. in interlocutory injunction proceedings involving allegations of false and misleading advertising for anti-inflammatory drug Celebrex.
  • Prosecuted a claim for recovery of proceeds of multi-million dollar fraud against Swedish medical equipment company Elekta Inc.
  • Advised Facebook Inc. on intermediary liability for content posted by users.
  • Served as “breach coach” in major data breach and security intrusion incidents involving leading Canadian organizations, including public and private sector corporations and not-for-profit/charities.
  • Prosecuted a claim for recovery of proceeds of multi-million dollar fraud against Canadian custom magnetics manufacturer Noreast Electronics Co. Ltd.
  • Conducted an independent investigation into alleged terrorism-related offences on behalf of the government of an African state.
  • Appointed as an “officer of the court” in connection with the supervision of Anton Piller orders in large-scale mortgage fraud cases for Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal, and in several trade secrets/confidential information/employee fraud cases.
  • Obtained court approval for numerous corporate plans of arrangement.

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Professional Involvement

  • Co-chair, Litigation Committee, International Bar Association, 2017-2018
  • Director, Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (The Cambridge Lectures)
  • Co-chair, National Expert Witness Academy, The Advocates’ Society
  • Speaker and skills instructor, The Advocates’ Society

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2015) editions of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Litigation Star: Commercial".
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2021 (and since 2013) editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal (Commercial Litigation, Asset Recovery, Business Crime Defence, Investigations)
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Thought Leaders – Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and previous) editions of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Commercial Litigation, Asset Recovery, Business Crime Defence, Investigations)
  • Recognized in the 2017 (and since 2015) edition of World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals (Anti-Counterfeiting).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Litigation - Corporate Commercial)
  • Recognized in the 2009-11 editions of Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Ontario)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1995
  • Diploma in International Law, University of Cambridge, 1996
  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1993
  • BA (High Dist., Political Science and French), University of Toronto, 1990