Mitch Koczerginski 

Mitch Koczerginski

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7262
e: mitch.koczerginski@mcmillan.ca

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Mitch is an associate in the Advocacy and Litigation Group. He practices complex corporate and commercial litigation with a focus on franchising, construction and privacy related disputes. He has experience in handling franchise and distributorship disputes, construction disputes, internet disputes, product liability disputes and a wide range of contractual and business relationship disputes. 

Mitch has a strong background in privacy and technology law and regularly advises and represents clients in connection with privacy and data breaches involving payment card information, personal information, health information and sensitive business information. 

Further to his litigation work, Mitch also assists clients by drafting privacy policies, conducting privacy impact assessments and responding to access to information requests. For example, he has made a number of submissions to various provincial Privacy Commissioners as well as the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on a variety of matters, including breach reporting and access to information appeals. 

Mitch joined the firm as a summer student and articled with the firm before his call to the Ontario bar in 2015. He received his BA from the University of Western Ontario and a JD from both the University of Ottawa and Michigan State University. 

Representative Matters

Representative litigation matters that Mitch has been involved in:

  • Representing a subcontractor in a construction dispute against a general contractor and municipal owner.
  • Representing a Canadian business in a dispute regarding the sale of livestock to a U.S. purchaser.
  • Defending a corporation and certain officers and directors in an oppression action commenced by a director and shareholder.
  • Defending a general contractor in a construction dispute regarding the alleged non-return of rental equipment at the conclusion of a construction project.
  • Defending a general contractor in a construction dispute regarding the alleged non-payment of extras charged in connection with a construction project.
  • Representing an employer in a dispute against its employee benefits provider for charges incurred by non-employees.
  • Representing a creditor in a dispute against a debtor for enforcement of a demand promissory note.
  • Representing a subcontractor in a dispute against a general contractor for non-payment following the failure of a municipality to grant necessary permits in connection with a development.
  • Defending a manufacturer in a product liability dispute regarding alleged product defects resulting in significant damage to personal property.
  • Defending a mining company in a dispute regarding royalties allegedly due pursuant to a Net Smelter Royalty Agreement.
  • Defending an owner and general contractor in a construction lien action commenced by a subcontractor alleging damages resulting from a change in the scope of the subcontract.
  • Representing an auto-recycling company in a dispute against a seller of auto parts that were not as valuable as initially represented.
  • Defending a franchisor against a franchisee purporting to rescind the franchise agreement on the basis that the franchisor provided a deficient disclosure document.  
  • Representing a Canadian distributor against a US supplier following the termination of the distribution agreement without providing sufficient notice of termination.

Representative privacy matters that Mitch has been involved in:

  • Conducting privacy impact assessments to evaluate whether the business processes of an organization comply with FIPPA.
  • Representing a government institution in an appeal before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario regarding an access to information request.
  • Representing a corporation in an appeal before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario regarding an access to information request.  
  • Representing a government institution in an appeal before the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding an access to information request.
  • Representing a corporation in an appeal before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario regarding an access to information request.  
  • Reviewing and drafting privacy policies for organizations conducting business in Canada.
  • Representing the purchaser in its acquisition of a company in respect of privacy provisions in  the share purchase agreement. 

Presentations

Publications

Amendment to Ontario Franchising Legislation
Vers une « nouvelle normalité » : traçage des contacts et protection de la vie privée au Canada
9 Things You Should Do Right Now to Protect Your Franchise System During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Caught by Release: Franchisees Can't Have Their Cake and Eat It Too
One-Year Anniversary of Mandatory Data Breach Reporting: Lessons the OPC Has Learned and What Businesses Need to Know
Data Protection and Cybersecurity in Canada
Franchise Law Journal, Vol.39, No1, summer 2019
The Privacy Commissioner's Guide to Protecting Personal Information in Cannabis Transactions
A Word of Warning to Franchisors – ADR Provisions May Postpone the Limitation Period for Rescission
Trick or…Breach? PIPEDA's Breach Reporting Requirements Come Into Force on November 1, 2018
Is your Privilege Protected? Ontario Court Revisits Doctrine of "Implied Waiver of Privilege" in Recent Decision
SCC Says Judges Have No Business Reviewing Decisions of Voluntary Associations
PIPEDA's Breach Reporting Requirements Finalized, to Come Into Force November 1, 2018
Recent Privacy Concerns Call for Increased Transparency and Control
If Online Reputation is Everything, Who Wants a Do-Over?
Cybersecurity – The Legal Landscape in Canada
Sneak Peek at PIPEDA's Breach Reporting Requirements - Proposed Regulations Released for Comment
Compétence à l'égard d'un défendeur étranger – L'emplacement du serveur n'est pas déterminant
Libère-moi : la Cour d'appel de l'Ontario précise quand les franchiseurs peuvent faire appliquer une libération
Supreme Court of Canada Turns the Other Cheek: Facebook's "Terms and Conditions" – Forum Selection Clause Unenforceable
Ontario Court of Appeal to Franchisors: "Comply with your disclosure requirements, or else..."
Changing Workplaces Review Final Report – Who Must Bargain with Franchise Employees?
Are You Ready for CASL's Private Right of Action?
The Cybersecurity Implications of Driverless Cars
"Going Dark" – No Easy Answers on the Cybersecurity Horizon
A Good Liability Exclusion Clause Can Protect You From A Bad Termination Of Contract
Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things
Decrypting the iPhone - Everybody's Got Something to Hide, Except Me and My Monkey
Introducing Safe Harbour 2.0: the EU-US Privacy Shield
The Privacy Commissioner's Annual Report on the Privacy Act
Can you keep a secret? The courts recognize a new tort for public disclosure of private facts
Who Drives Whom? Driverless Car Pilot Project to Hit the Road in Ontario in 2016
Bring Your Own Device ("BYOD") Programs: Strategic Considerations to Reconcile Security and Privacy Issues
Safe Harbour Not Safe Enough: Data Transfers From E.U. To U.S. Out To Sea
Monitoring the Mayor – B.C. Mayor alleges that computer monitoring violated his privacy
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – A Primer for Employers

News

McMillan Lawyers Appointed to the Incoming 2018-2019 Franchise Law Section Executive

Education

  • University of Ottawa, J.D., cum laude - 2014
  • Michigan State University, J.D., cum laude - 2014
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Philosophy) - 2010

Year Of Call

  • Ontario - 2015

Practices

protection des renseignements personnels
litiges en droit des affaires
diffamation
freedom of information and access to information
cybersécurité
différends en matière de franchisage et de contrats de distribution
litige
location immobilière

Industries

immobilier commercial
franchisage et distribution
industries manufacturières, distribution et commerce du détail

Awards & Rankings

  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Dean's list
  • Michigan State University College of Law, Dean's list

Mitch is an associate in the Advocacy and Litigation Group. He practices complex corporate and commercial litigation with a focus on franchising, construction and privacy related disputes. He has experience in handling franchise and distributorship disputes, construction disputes, internet disputes, product liability disputes and a wide range of contractual and business relationship disputes. 

Mitch has a strong background in privacy and technology law and regularly advises and represents clients in connection with privacy and data breaches involving payment card information, personal information, health information and sensitive business information. 

Further to his litigation work, Mitch also assists clients by drafting privacy policies, conducting privacy impact assessments and responding to access to information requests. For example, he has made a number of submissions to various provincial Privacy Commissioners as well as the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on a variety of matters, including breach reporting and access to information appeals. 

Mitch joined the firm as a summer student and articled with the firm before his call to the Ontario bar in 2015. He received his BA from the University of Western Ontario and a JD from both the University of Ottawa and Michigan State University. 

Representative litigation matters that Mitch has been involved in:

  • Representing a subcontractor in a construction dispute against a general contractor and municipal owner.
  • Representing a Canadian business in a dispute regarding the sale of livestock to a U.S. purchaser.
  • Defending a corporation and certain officers and directors in an oppression action commenced by a director and shareholder.
  • Defending a general contractor in a construction dispute regarding the alleged non-return of rental equipment at the conclusion of a construction project.
  • Defending a general contractor in a construction dispute regarding the alleged non-payment of extras charged in connection with a construction project.
  • Representing an employer in a dispute against its employee benefits provider for charges incurred by non-employees.
  • Representing a creditor in a dispute against a debtor for enforcement of a demand promissory note.
  • Representing a subcontractor in a dispute against a general contractor for non-payment following the failure of a municipality to grant necessary permits in connection with a development.
  • Defending a manufacturer in a product liability dispute regarding alleged product defects resulting in significant damage to personal property.
  • Defending a mining company in a dispute regarding royalties allegedly due pursuant to a Net Smelter Royalty Agreement.
  • Defending an owner and general contractor in a construction lien action commenced by a subcontractor alleging damages resulting from a change in the scope of the subcontract.
  • Representing an auto-recycling company in a dispute against a seller of auto parts that were not as valuable as initially represented.
  • Defending a franchisor against a franchisee purporting to rescind the franchise agreement on the basis that the franchisor provided a deficient disclosure document.  
  • Representing a Canadian distributor against a US supplier following the termination of the distribution agreement without providing sufficient notice of termination.

Representative privacy matters that Mitch has been involved in:

  • Conducting privacy impact assessments to evaluate whether the business processes of an organization comply with FIPPA.
  • Representing a government institution in an appeal before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario regarding an access to information request.
  • Representing a corporation in an appeal before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario regarding an access to information request.  
  • Representing a government institution in an appeal before the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding an access to information request.
  • Representing a corporation in an appeal before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario regarding an access to information request.  
  • Reviewing and drafting privacy policies for organizations conducting business in Canada.
  • Representing the purchaser in its acquisition of a company in respect of privacy provisions in  the share purchase agreement. 
Août 2020
Amendment to Ontario Franchising Legislation(seulement disponible en anglais)

Franchise and Distribution Bulletin

28 Mai 2020
Vers une « nouvelle normalité » : traçage des contacts et protection de la vie privée au Canada

Bulletin sur la protection de la vie privée et des données

13 Mai 2020
9 Things You Should Do Right Now to Protect Your Franchise System During the COVID-19 Pandemic(seulement disponible en anglais)

Franchise and Distribution Bulletin

Mars 2020
Caught by Release: Franchisees Can't Have Their Cake and Eat It Too(seulement disponible en anglais)

Franchise and Distribution Bulletin

Janvier 2020
Franchising in Canada: 2019 Year in Review
(seulement disponible en anglais)

Novembre 2019
One-Year Anniversary of Mandatory Data Breach Reporting: Lessons the OPC Has Learned and What Businesses Need to Know(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy and Cybersecurity Bulletin

Octobre 2019
Data Protection and Cybersecurity in Canada
Franchise Law Journal, Vol.39, No1, summer 2019
(seulement disponible en anglais)

Janvier 2019
The Privacy Commissioner's Guide to Protecting Personal Information in Cannabis Transactions(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy Bulletin

Novembre 2018
A Word of Warning to Franchisors – ADR Provisions May Postpone the Limitation Period for Rescission(seulement disponible en anglais)

Franchise and Distribution Bulletin

Novembre 2018
Trick or…Breach? PIPEDA's Breach Reporting Requirements Come Into Force on November 1, 2018(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy Law Bulletin

Juin 2018
SCC Says Judges Have No Business Reviewing Decisions of Voluntary Associations(seulement disponible en anglais)

Litigation and Administrative Law Bulletin

Mai 2018
PIPEDA's Breach Reporting Requirements Finalized, to Come Into Force November 1, 2018(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy Bulletin

Avril 2018
Recent Privacy Concerns Call for Increased Transparency and Control(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy and Data Security Bulletin

Mars 2018
If Online Reputation is Everything, Who Wants a Do-Over?(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy Bulletin

Octobre 2017
Cybersecurity – The Legal Landscape in Canada(seulement disponible en anglais)

Cybersecurity Bulletin

Septembre 2017
Sneak Peek at PIPEDA's Breach Reporting Requirements - Proposed Regulations Released for Comment(seulement disponible en anglais)

Cybersecurity Bulletin

Juin 2017
Ontario Court of Appeal to Franchisors: "Comply with your disclosure requirements, or else..."(seulement disponible en anglais)

Litigation, Franchise and Distribution Bulletin

Mai 2017
Changing Workplaces Review Final Report – Who Must Bargain with Franchise Employees?(seulement disponible en anglais)

Business Law, Labour and Employment, Franchising and Distribution Bulletin

Janvier 2017
Are You Ready for CASL's Private Right of Action?(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy and Class Action Bulletin

Décembre 2016
The Cybersecurity Implications of Driverless Cars(seulement disponible en anglais)

Cybersecurity Bulletin

Novembre 2016
"Going Dark" – No Easy Answers on the Cybersecurity Horizon(seulement disponible en anglais)

Cybersecurity Bulletin

Canadian Corporate Counsel, Volume 25, Number 7

Watch a video synopsis of this article here

Août 2016
A Good Liability Exclusion Clause Can Protect You From A Bad Termination Of Contract(seulement disponible en anglais)

Litigation Bulletin

Mai 2016
Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things(seulement disponible en anglais)
Article reprinted from the May 2016, Volume 13, Number 6 issue of Canadian Privacy Law Review; This article was first published in Canadian Corporate Counsel, a Thomson Reuters Canada publication
Mars 2016
Decrypting the iPhone - Everybody's Got Something to Hide, Except Me and My Monkey(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy and Cybersecurity Bulletin

Février 2016
Introducing Safe Harbour 2.0: the EU-US Privacy Shield(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy Bulletin

Février 2016
The Privacy Commissioner's Annual Report on the Privacy Act(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy Bulletin

Décembre 2015
Who Drives Whom? Driverless Car Pilot Project to Hit the Road in Ontario in 2016(seulement disponible en anglais)
Automotive Bulletin
Novembre 2015
Does "Privilege of the Law of Evidence" Include Solicitor-Client Documents?(seulement disponible en anglais)
Privacy Bulletin
Octobre 2015
Safe Harbour Not Safe Enough: Data Transfers From E.U. To U.S. Out To Sea(seulement disponible en anglais)

Privacy Bulletin

Mai 2015
Monitoring the Mayor – B.C. Mayor alleges that computer monitoring violated his privacy(seulement disponible en anglais)
Privacy Bulletin
Septembre 2014
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – A Primer for Employers(seulement disponible en anglais)

Employment and Labour Bulletin

Décembre 2013
Cloud Computing: Privacy and Other Risks(seulement disponible en anglais)
Employment and Labour Bulletin
Submitted to the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) webinar, December 2013
4 Février 2020
2019 Year in Review: Privacy, Data Protection & Cybersecurity
McMillan LLP, Toronto
(seulement disponible en anglais)
19 Novembre 2019
Access to Information Requests and Practical Considerations for Not-for-Profit and Charitable Organizations
(seulement disponible en anglais)
OBA Charity and Not-For-Profit Law Program
14 Novembre 2017
Updates on the Case Law
(seulement disponible en anglais)
McMillan's Second Annual Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Protection Seminar, Toronto, Ontario