Sara Cohen

Sara Cohen
Founder, Partner

Sara Cohen, founder of Fertility Law Canada and a partner at the firm D2Law, focuses on fertility law.

She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Near and Middle Eastern civilizations and anthropology from the University of Toronto in 2002 and participated in an overseas program at the University of Haifa in 2002/2003. Ms. Cohen earned her Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2006 before being called to the Ontario Bar in 2007.

Based in Toronto, with clients throughout Canada and worldwide, Ms. Cohen acts on behalf of intended parents, surrogate mothers, egg donors, sperm donors, embryo donors, and other people involved with reproductive technologies.

Ms. Cohen has appeared before Ontario courts to obtain declarations of parentage and non-parentage on behalf of intended parents and provides advice to domestic and international fertility clinics, hospitals, cryobanks, and businesses in the fertility industry.

She teaches reproductive law at Osgoode Hall Law School, is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Attorneys, and is the only Canadian representative on the executive council of the American Bar Association’s family law section, Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee.

Ms. Cohen is the legal co-chair of the ethics and law group of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society and the legal representative on the ethics committee of the Canadian fertility clinic, TRIO Fertility.

In addition, Ms. Cohen was the co-chair of the first and second national conferences on fertility law in Canada and has been published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, Lawyers Weekly, and Creating Families.

She has been invited to speak and lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School, Suffolk University Law School, McGill University Law School, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, Osgoode Professional Development, the Law Society of Ontario, the American Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.

Sara Cohen Posts

Health Canada misses mark with AHR Act changes: Cohen

New regulations within the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA) do not go far enough in allowing reimbursements for surrogates and egg donors, says Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen. Read more

Cohen to lead Fertility Matters Canada advocacy group

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen has been named president of Canada’s leading fertility advocacy organization. Read more

Canada should be number one option for surrogacy: Cohen

There are very few reasons for Canadians wanting to become parents to go abroad for surrogacy, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells . Read more

Criminalizing egg and sperm donation not the answer: Cohen

Canada’s fertility laws need to be changed in order to protect donors and the children they help create, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells CBC Radio. Read more

Cohen to discuss fertility law at upcoming U of T event

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen will speak about children’s rights versus donor rights at an upcoming event at the University of Toronto. Read more

Cohen to discuss reproductive, fertility law at LSO event

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen will speak about reproductive and fertility law at an upcoming Law Society of Ontario (LSO) event in Toronto. Read more

Decision to view frozen embryo as ‘property’ is significant: Cohen

The decision to award a frozen embryo to a Sudbury woman is significant because it classifies the embryo as property, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Government proposes partial easing of sperm donation, surrogacy regulations

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is proposing new regulations that would lift a lifetime ban on men who have sex with other men from donating their sperm anonymously to Canadians struggling with infertility. Read more

Court views frozen embryo as property

An Ontario court has awarded a frozen embryo to a Sudbury woman in a potentially precedent-setting case that came down to property ownership, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells the National Post . Read more

Surrogacy laws need more work: Cohen

Canada still has a long way to go to bring clarity to the laws governing reproductive issues, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells Law Times . Read more

Time for Canada to 'make it right' with fertility legislation

Canada’s fertility legislation is hurting those it was intended to protect, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells CTV News. Read more

Fertility doctor accused of impregnating women with own sperm

OTTAWA — A law firm pursuing a class-action suit against a former Ottawa fertility doctor says it has evidence indicating he fathered 11 children by impregnating patients with his own sperm. Read more

More clarity needed around surrogate expenses: Cohen

Despite the growing number of surrogates — and the demand for them — in Canada, there remains considerable confusion around how their expenses are paid, Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen tells the CBC . Read more

Cohen to co-chair fertility law conference in Toronto

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen will co-chair a conference on Current and Emerging Issues in Fertility Law on Feb. 5. Read more

Cohen speaks at fertility conference

Toronto fertility lawyer Sara Cohen spoke at the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society’s Gatekeepers Dilemma 2018 conference on Jan. 26. Read more