TORONTO (June 1, 2006) – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – Blake, …

TORONTO (June 1, 2006) – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading full-service business law firms, today announced that Richard Owens will be joining the Firm’s Information Technology Group as a Partner.

“Richard is well known in the technology area both nationally and internationally,” said Jim Christie, Chairman of Blakes. “His expertise and experience, both as a practitioner and an academic, will add significant depth to our national IT practice, and I welcome Richard to Blakes.”

Richard Owens specializes in technology-related law and the regulation of financial services. For many years, he acted for high-technology companies and financial institutions in connection with technology matters including licensing, strategic alliances and joint ventures, privacy, financing, outsourcing, electronic commerce, public-private partnerships, and Internet issues. Mr. Owens has also written and published widely on the law of information technology, privacy, and the regulation of financial institutions. In 2001, he joined the University of Toronto where he is currently the executive director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the Faculty of Law and an adjunct professor of law.

Founded in 1856, Blakes has more than 500 lawyers and offices in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. In October 2005, and for the third consecutive year, Blakes was the only law firm named one of ”Canada’s Top 100 Employers” in Maclean’s newsmagazine. The Firm’s signature “Blakes means business” is not just a catch phrase, but a discipline that defines how Blakes helps clients achieve their business objectives. More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm’s Web site at

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