Bernice Karn
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

40 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3C2, Canada
Areas of Practice
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Science, Computers, & Tech

Practice/Organization Description

Bernice Karn is a leading Canadian practitioner of IT law and is a partner in the Business Law Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP where she practises intellectual property law, with an emphasis on technology, licensing and distribution issues. Bernice acts for clients involved in software distribution, data management, outsourcing and data security. She also advises on privacy issues.

Prior to joining Cassels Brock, Bernice was in-house counsel for a global manufacturer of personal communication products where her corporate and commercial practice focused on intellectual property, competition law, franchising and secured transactions.

Bernice has lectured frequently at various technology-related seminars on cloud computing, software acquisition issues, outsourcing, IT procurmenet, e-commerce, Canadian privacy legislation and trade secret law. In addition, she is the co-author of a "Quick Reference" text published by Carswell on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

She is the past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Information Technology Section, a member of the Licensing Executives' Society, the IT-Canada Ad Hoc Committee on Privacy, and is a past Chair of the Cassels Brock Women's Networking Group.

Bernice is a Certified Licensing Professional.

Bar Admissions

Ontario 1986


York University - Schulich School of Business - M.B.A.

University of Western Ontario LL.B

University of Western Ontario - B.A.

Professional Associations & Memberships

Director, IT Canada

Executive Member, Ontario Bar Association IT Section

Member, Licensing Executives Society

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, Law Society of Upper Canada

Honors and Awards

Named a leading lawyer in the 2010 Technology, Media & Telecommunications Expert Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers.

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