Laila Paszti is a technology & IP transactions partner in the Bay Area office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Laila leverages her significant experience in technology, intellectual property and privacy to help clients navigate risk and protect their commercial interests. With experience as a machine learning engineer in the oil & gas industry, Laila is uniquely positioned to advise clients acquiring or adopting AI technologies. Clients laud her practical guidance on AI usage and describe her as “a trail blazer lawyer with a leading voice in AI-law.”

Laila’s practice focuses on technology and related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, licensing and other commercial transactions. She has acted on both sides of multinational mergers and acquisitions, patent purchases and sales, and licensing and IP transactions. Laila routinely advises clients on evolving multijurisdictional privacy regimes, cybersecurity, big data platform diligence and IP matters. She is sought out for her guidance on artificial intelligence and commercialization, including on patent strategy.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

“How the Law will help AI develop responsibly,” ITechLaw Association 2024 World Technology Law Conference, Washington, DC, May 9, 2024

“The Security, Risk, and Data Governance Issues of Generative A.I.,” ILTA Evolve, Charlotte, May 1, 2024

“Goose, Chewbacca, and AI: Safely flying the generative AI coding skies,” MLOps World: Machine Learning in Production, Austin, October 26, 2023

“Gen AI Use-cases Across Industry Verticals: Early Trends and ROI,” MLOps World: Machine Learning in Production, Austin, October 25, 2023

“Liability & Accountability for AI Systems,” Berkeley Law AI Institute, Berkeley, October 11, 2023

“AI Governance: How to Build a Responsible, Compliant, and Ethical AI Program,” Riskonnect: Compliance Week Webinar, September 19, 2023

“Disrupting the Noah’s Ark Approach to DEI: Creating a Culture of Inclusion,” Driving Diversity in Law & Leadership, San Francisco, October 12, 2022

“Cross-border Considerations & Enforcement in Privacy and Cybersecurity,” The Shifting Landscape of Privacy & Cybersecurity, 2nd Annual Canadian Conference, October 2021

“Data Transfers Between the US and EU Countries,” American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Virtual Conference, April 2021

“The AI Canadian Legal Landscape: Balancing Innovation with AI Risk Management,” Conference Board of Canada, Council for Chief Data and Analytics Officers, Virtual Conference, March 2021

Panelist, “AI and Corporate Governance,” CFA Society Toronto Webcast, March 2021

“Clearing Copyrights in a Digital World: Effective Strategies,” Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Webcast, November 2021

“International Licensing Agreements,” Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional Development, Webcast, October 2020

“AI Unlocked Executive Education,” University of California, Berkeley, Webcast, October 2020

“In Data We Trust: Governance Strategies for Data Projects,” International Association of Privacy Professionals, KnowledgeNet, Austin, Texas, August 2020

“Deal Structure Considerations at Various Stages of a Venture,” Beehive Capital Podcast, July 2020

“Negotiating and Drafting IT Agreements,” Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional Development, Webcast, April 2020

“Consumer Smart Technologies and Privacy Law in the Decade of Change,” Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, February 2020

“AI Unlocked Executive Education,” University of California, Berkeley, September 2019

“Responsible Artificial Intelligence Innovation,” Strata Conference, London, UK, May 2019

“Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence,” Scotia Bank Centre for Customer Analytics, Smith School of Business, Toronto, April 2019

“Blockchains, Smart Contracts and the Law,” Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional Development, Toronto, November 2018

“Smart Money Bets on Open Source Adoption in AI/ML Fintech Applications,” Linux Foundation Open Source Fintech Forum, New York, October 2018

“Law and Ethics in Healthcare AI,” Toronto Machine Learning Micro-Summit, Toronto, February 2018

Press Mentions

“Laila Paszti Speaks to CBA National Magazine About EU’s Proposed Al Regulation,” June 2021


“500 Leading Global Cyber Lawyers,” Lawdragon, 2024

Memberships & Affiliations

International Association of Privacy Professionals

Professional Engineers of Ontario


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2023, California
  • 2013, New York
  • 2009, Ontario, Canada


  • Afrikaans
  • English


  • University of Toronto Faculty of LawJ.D.cum laude2008

    Senior Editor, University of Toronto Law Review

    Co-Founder of Lawyers without Borders, University of Toronto Chapter

  • University of WaterlooM.A.Sc., Chemical Engineeringmagna cum laude
  • University of TorontoB.A.Sc., Chemical Engineering