Ronak Shah

Ronak Shah

Senior Associate
Toronto: 416.865.7521
Fax 416.865.7380


Masters in Business and Innovation, 2006
University of Cambridge
JD, 2012
Osgoode Hall Law School
B.Sc. (Microbiology), 2005
University of Guelph

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2013


Ronak’s practice focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and data governance. He advises national and international clients, including technology companies and other data-centric clients on matters relating to data use and ownership, complex business transactions involving data-based assets, outsourcing, and artificial intelligence.

He routinely advises clients on privacy and data protection issues, including cross-border transfers, global privacy compliance considerations, workplace privacy issues, developing data inventories, anti-spam, data ethics and data governance. He advises clients on data subject rights requests, including access to, and correction of, personal information. He regularly counsels clients on the implications of international privacy and data protection laws. He works with clients to undertake enterprise-wide privacy audits and privacy check-ups.  As a breach counsel, he regularly liaises with IT and forensic professionals in managing breach investigations and implementing remediation plans. Ronak’s background in intellectual property, commercial contracting and litigation allows him to assess relevant industry standards for data protection, business objectives and legal risks when assisting clients in designing cyber security strategies and resolving information security incidents. He regularly assists clients in developing effective privacy training and awareness, including breach preparedness. Additionally, he advises and represent clients in responding to investigations and complaints raised before privacy regulatory authorities.

Representative Work

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OBA Privacy Law Summit: Competition, Monopsony and Transborder Data Markets



Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Ronak articled and worked as an associate at a prominent national firm. He then continued his practice at a leading intellectual property boutique as well as a civil litigation boutique.

Ronak also has experience in global health having worked at a leading think-tank, where he advised the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as several African countries on ways to improve health using local innovations


Ronak was on the Board of Directors for Buddies in Bad Times, a Toronto-based queer theatre company from 2018-2020.


Ronak currently serves on the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access to Information Law Executive. Ronak has served on the Ontario Bar Association’s Health and Administrative Law Executives, co-chaired the “Give a Night” fundraiser for HIV/AIDS initiatives, and volunteered for Law Help Ontario’s Civil Litigation Project.

Memberships and Affiliations

Ronak is currently a member of the Advocates’ Society, both the Canadian and Ontario bar associations, and the South Asian Bar Association.