Theo Ling

Partner & Principal, Whitespace Legal Collab

Theo Ling is a Baker McKenzie Partner and an information technology, privacy and data security lawyer with over 25 years experience assisting organizations develop global legal strategies relating to the deployment of technology products/services and solutions, as well as data compliance and information governance programs.

Named one of North America's Top 10 Most Innovative Lawyers by the Financial Times, Theo is the creative mind and driving force behind iG360, the Firm's award winning global information governance platform, and DataComplianceIQ, winner of the Financial Times Innovation Award in the category of the Business of Law: Integrated Solutions. By applying legal, business, technology, and design-thinking principles to drive business transformation and big data insights, Theo is redefining the boundaries of legal services delivery.

Theo's latest passion is WhiteSpace Collab, the world's first legal innovation hub that tackles real world business challenges at the intersection of law and technology with a focus on multidisciplinary collaboration. As a Founder and Principal of WSC, Theo believes that overcoming tough problems or grand challenges occurs most often when people with diverse knowledge and experience work together in a spirit of openness and generosity with a determined intent.

Theo holds various leadership positions in Baker McKenzie's global IT/C practice group and is a member of the Firm's Global Innovation Committee and the advisory panel for the Masters in Business Analytics (MBAN) program at the Schulich School of Business. Theo is lead editor of b:INFORM, an online legal and business resource for data and technology trends and the industry leading Global Privacy and Information Management Handbook.