Rachel Schechter is a privacy, intellectual property, and cybersecurity dispute resolution lawyer in Fasken's Vancouver office. Rachel has a broad technology-focused practice, with an emphasis on privacy, data governance, breach response, cybersecurity, trademarks, and related disputes. Rachel is recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada: Ones to Watch for her work in commercial litigation (2022-2024) and information technology law (2023-2024).
Rachel advises public and private sector organizations on various privacy matters, including privacy policies and procedures, compliance, data protection, privacy impact assessments, access to information requests, incident response planning, and privacy and cybersecurity due diligence in M&A and other commercial transactions. Rachel acts as counsel in cybersecurity and data breach matters, including ransomware attacks and business email compromises, helping clients with management of forensic investigation teams, development of crisis communications and notification and reporting strategies, and legal risk management. Rachel also acts as counsel in inquiries before the Information and Privacy Commissioner, both in private and public sector matters, and in related judicial review proceedings.
Rachel's intellectual property practices focuses on trademark, copyright, and brand protection. She advises on enforcement of rights including trademark and copyright disputes, licensing of IP rights and conducting due diligence for the disposition of intellectual property. Additionally, Rachel has experience helping clients with domain name disputes under the UDRP and CDRP, and enforcement of their underlying trademark rights.
Rachel has appeared before all levels of Court in British Columbia and the Federal Court. Her dispute resolution experience includes commercial and contract claims, oppression proceedings, intellectual property disputes, privacy breach and cybersecurity litigation, defamation claims, complex tort claims, professional negligence and insurance defence litigation. Rachel has a particular interest in the evolution of law in the digital age and its application to new technologies and cross-border disputes. She leverages her in-depth understanding of the Court system, having previously clerked at the Supreme Court of British Columbia, to provide practical and strategic risk management advice to clients.
Rachel is active in the Vancouver legal community. She is the Vice Chair of the CBABC Freedom of Information & Privacy Law section Executive and serves as a Member-at-Large on the CBABC's Women Lawyers Forum Executive. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys exploring BC with her dog, Teddy, and trying new recipes (mostly successfully).