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Richard Corley


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4197
Fax:   416.979.1234

Richard Corley is a partner at Goodmans and leads the firm’s Cleantech practice group. He also leads the firm’s Outsourcing practice group. Combining his legal expertise with a unique background in engineering, mathematics, computer science and business, Richard's practice focuses on the intersection of law and technology.  Richard has over 25 years of experience advising clients on complex outsourcing transactions, technology M&A, joint ventures, cleantech and technology-related competition law matters.  With technology at its core, Richard's practice is focused on the growing information technology and cleantech sectors.

Richard's practice complements his personal interest and involvement in energy conservation and energy alternatives.  He is currently involved with the Canadian implementation of the Third Industrial Revolution initiative, which integrates distributed renewable energy, low-energy buildings, intelligent power distribution and management, and energy storage systems.  Richard has recently been named a member of Canada’s 2016 Clean50, a program honouring leaders who are advancing the cause of sustainability in Canada.

Richard is recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in numerous publications including:  The Legal 500 Canada - Leading Individual, Technology, Media and Telecoms, Chambers Global (Information Technology: Band 1 ranking), The Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, Euromoney’s Legal Media Group’s The Best of the Best Expert Guide, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Law Business Research's The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in the areas of Internet, E-Commerce & Data Protection.

He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and seminars on outsourcing and technology-related topics and was retained by the Competition Bureau of Canada to help develop competition guidelines for intellectual property and the Internet.

Richard obtained an LLM from Yale Law School in 1991, his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1989 (Silver Medallist) and clerked for Chief Justice McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Richard’s recent experience includes representing:

  • Microsoft Corporation in connection with its US$7.2 billion purchase of Nokia Corporation's mobile phones and devices business and license of certain related patents and services
  • Ericsson and Rockstar in connection with the acquisition of bankrupt Nortel Networks' portfolio of over 6000 patents for a price of $4.5 billion
  • Private businesses in the commodities, food, beverage, retail, construction and other sectors in the negotiation and implementation and in a number of cases, the renegotiation of major outsourcing agreements, and ERP implementations
  • Ericsson in its acquisitions of the wireless CDMA and GSM business and other business units from Nortel Networks, and other Canadian businesses
  • Public and private sector organizations in the health care, gaming and logistics sectors with the negotiation and/or renegotiation of outsourcing agreements
  • A wide variety of clients with respect to cloud computing agreements
  • A number of financial institutions in large scale outsourcing and enterprise scale technology implementations
  • Bell Aliant in negotiating extensive, long-term outsourcing and commercial agreements with Bell Canada in connection with the formation of Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund
  • Bell Aliant in the negotiation of long-term commercial agreements with Yellow Pages Group, in connection with the acquisition of Aliant Directory Services
Education Yale Law School (LL.M., 1991)
Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 1989)
Professional Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association
American Bar Association
Canadian Technology Law Association
Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE)
Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group
International Association of Outsourcing Professionals
International Technology Law Association
Climate Change Lawyers' Network

Year of Call

1992 Ontario