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 Posts

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

Small claims dispute over dead trees dragging on

A legal dispute between two neighbours that’s rooted in a row of dead cedar trees is running on the “longer side” as far as small claims matters go, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells the Hamilton Spectator . Read more

Woman sues ex for half of $6M lottery win

An Ontario woman is suing her former common-law partner for allegedly denying that the couple had won $6 million in a provincial lottery before claiming the full prize for himself. Read more

Being unable to locate Weinstein won’t stop lawsuits

Even if plaintiffs launching lawsuits against Harvey Weinstein are unable to locate him to serve the legal papers, it won’t prevent those matters from moving forward against him, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Unique lawsuit deals with trauma of witnessing crime in jail

A lawsuit filed by six prisoners against the province of Ontario is a unique case that may be one of the first in Canada to seek damages for the trauma of witnessing crime in a jail or prison setting, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

More civil cases involving sex assaults expected: O'Connor

TORONTO — There are several advantages to an Ontario woman's plan to sue Harvey Weinstein over alleged sexual assaults, say legal experts who believe civil court offers better prospects for a victim. Read more

Abortion clinic safe access zones ‘needed’ in light of protests

Legislation that proposes to establish safe access zones around Ontario abortion clinics is a positive step that, if passed, would result in violators facing a summary conviction, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Toronto house copyright case raises questions about the law

A case involving a Toronto couple who alleged their neighbours copied the look of their home highlights how housing architecture can be copyrighted but to prove it, the structures have to be identical and there must be evidence to show one was essentially replicated, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Canada has no legislative responsibility to rescue citizens abroad

Complaints that the federal government didn’t react fast enough to get Canadians out of the Caribbean when Hurricane Irma hit highlight a misconception about Ottawa’s responsibility to airlift its citizens out of harm’s way in foreign countries, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor . Read more

Use time to reform minimum sentencing, not polls: O'Connor

The federal government should keep its promise to reform minimum sentencing requirements rather than polling Canadians to determine how they feel about the issue, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Lower injury threshold needed to trigger police oversight: O'Connor

"Bodily harm" injuries caused to civilians by police should automatically trigger an independent probe instead of the current system where only those deemed "serious" are reported and investigated, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Who keeps the ring after an engagement ends?

The question of who gets to keep the ring when an engagement ends before marriage comes down to who broke it off, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more