Sara A. Levine, Q.C.
Sara A. Levine QC focuses on privacy, freedom of information and health law in her Vancouver practice.
Ms. Levine graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and theatre before earning her law degree from Queen’s University in 1996. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1998 and the British Columbia Bar in 2005.
Focusing on privacy, freedom of information and health law, Ms. Levine serves clients in the business, regulatory, non-profit, education and health sectors.
In her privacy practice, Ms. Levine handles privacy compliance assessments, compliance program development and implementation, strategic advice during privacy breaches, as well as drafting and negotiating information-sharing and information-protection agreements.
Her freedom of information work includes acting for applicants and public bodies in making or responding to access to information requests, as well as drafting and negotiating data linkage and information-sharing agreements, plans, policies and procedures.
In her health law practice, Ms. Levine works with research entities on data sharing and data-protection agreements, ethical issues and privacy compliance. She advises professional associations on health policy issues and strategy, assisting with consultations and commenting on legislation and policy development.
Outside of her legal work, Ms. Levine is committed to public education around privacy and freedom of information issues. She has created two public education websites about privacy rights, co-authored a reference work on privacy law and policy, and has presented to various groups interested in privacy rights and obligations in British Columbia.
In addition, Ms. Levine was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014, serves on the boards of several voluntary organizations, and speaks frequently at conferences and in the media on privacy issues.