Sarah O'Connor

Sarah O'Connor
O’Connor Richardson Professional Corporation
Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate

Toronto litigator Sarah O’Connor, principal with O’Connor Richardson Professional Corporation, specializes in corporate/commercial and civil litigation.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in history and geography from Queen’s University in 2001 before graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2004. She was called to the bar in 2005.

Ms. O’Connor studied international tax and corporate commercial law as an exchange student at the University of West Indies in 2003. In 2013 and 2014, she earned Post Graduate Certificates of Laws in International Business Law from the University of London.

In 2014, Ms. O’Connor earned a Master of Laws in International Business Law from the University of London.

Ms. O’Connor has volunteered as duty counsel with LawHelp Ontario since 2009. She also sits on the board of directors and volunteers as Test Chair with the Central Toronto Skating Club. She is vice-president of Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Fraternity.

Ms. O’Connor is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association where she acts as a roster lawyer with its Trial Lawyers for Veterans program to help injured veterans who have been denied benefits.

She’s held various roles with Business Network International (BNI) to advise new members of BNI Bay Street procedures and policies. She has acted as mentor, vice-president and education co-ordinator.

Ms. O'Connor represents individuals, small- and medium-sized corporations in litigation before the Superior Court of Ontario, Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Canada, as well in various administrative tribunals.

She also handles state accountability, trademark and sexual disease litigation, landlord/tenant disputes, cases against public officers and claims against the provincial and federal governments.

Sarah O'Connor In The News
Bar set high for awarding costs against counsel

Seeking costs directly from opposing counsel is an uphill battle, says Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor . Read more

Loose group lottery play leads to lawsuits

Players may find themselves in court fighting over winnings if they fail to follow suggested guidelines for groups purchasing lottery tickets, Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor  tells . Read more

Assessing responsibility and liability in a plane crash

Although Canada’s safety watchdog has cited a “significant safety issue” with the doors of a popular small airplane that crashed last August, they would not be the main focus in assigning responsibility for the death of three of the plane's passengers, Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor  tells . Read more

Municipalities overreact with bans on popular activities

Unsubstantiated fear of litigation may be driving municipalities to ban favourite pastimes such as winter sports and riding in horse-drawn carriages, Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor  tells . Read more

Changes bring Canada in line with global trademark rules

Amendments to Canada’s Intellectual Property laws will bring a more simplified process to attaining global protection, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells . Read more

Hockey player should hold his ground in abortion lawsuit: O'Connor

A professional hockey player sued for allegedly failing to pay for an ex-girlfriend’s abortion should aggressively resist the lawsuit, Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor tells . Read more

Law Help Centres too valuable to lose: O'Connor

Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor  fears a valuable cost-saving program for self-represented litigants may never return if allowed to fail due to a lack of funding. Read more

Tough to build a case for homeowners suing contractors

Homeowners face an uphill battle when it comes to winning disputes with contractors, Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor tells . Read more

Legal disputes over lottery wins are becoming more common: O'Connor

It was a good move for a Nova Scotia woman to settle a lawsuit she launched against her nephew to recover half of a $1.2-million lottery-ticket win that was awarded to him because she would have had an uphill battle to win the case, says Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor . Read more

Infringe celebrity image rights at your peril

Businesses that trade on a celebrity’s image without consent risk legal action — even if the person is dead, Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor tells . Read more

Collection could be a problem for sabotaged clarinetist

A clarinetist sabotaged by his ex-girlfriend could struggle to collect on the $350,000 judgment granted to him by an Ontario court, Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor  tells . Read more

Adult son's high-profile eviction would have been easier in Ontario

Kicking family members out of your house is typically easier than getting rid of tenants, Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor  tells . Read more

The Weinstein case and the ABCs of civil litigation

It isn't unusual that Harvey Weinstein would ask an Ontario court to dismiss a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by a Toronto actress, but those wishes are rarely granted so early in the process, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells . Read more

'Good faith' at issue in athlete's lawsuit

An American lawsuit involving a professional baseball player and a lending firm shines a light on the importance of the good-faith principle and how unfair bargaining practices can void a contract, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells . Read more

Case shows fraudulent misrepresentation voids a contract

A British Columbia judge’s decision to order a woman who was selling her upscale Vancouver home to return a buyer’s $300,000 deposit because of “fraudulent misrepresentation” highlights how an “incomplete” presentation of a contract can void the agreement in its entirety, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor . Read more

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