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

‘Stealthing’ is unwanted sexual contact: O’Connor

Education is key to inform the public that an emerging trend called “stealthing” — the removal of a condom during sex without consent — is ethically wrong and could lead to a civil lawsuit, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Goalie conviction draws clearer lines around hockey violence

The conviction of a hockey goalie who struck a player in the face with his stick and caused serious damage sends a message that violence will not be tolerated in sport, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Failed Starbucks lawsuit highlights high burden of proof

A B.C. woman’s unsuccessful lawsuit against Starbucks after she burned her legs with tea reinforces that it’s not enough to simply show a product is dangerous, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Women lawyers work harder to gain same level of respect

In general, sexism is something women in the legal profession have learned to deal with on a day-to-day basis, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells The Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Video of police Tasering man raises serious questions

A cellphone video that captures Toronto police Tasering a man while he was restrained and face down on the ground raises some “unsettling” questions about police conduct, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

More limits and oversight needed for solitary confinement

The pervasive and damaging use of solitary confinement in provincial jails and federal prisons across Canada desperately needs more limits and oversight, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Wreath-laying refusal highlights need for Legion to do more

A Royal Canadian Legion branch’s initial refusal to allow a veteran to lay a wreath for nine Afghan war dead shows how out of touch the organization is with the needs of modern day vets, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Horse-slapping incidents highlight service animal protection law

Three people charged for slapping a Kingston police horse points to a new law aimed at protecting law enforcement and other service animals, and the stiff penalties it carries, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

New protections for tenants fleeing abuse a positive step

A change to Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act that allows tenants fleeing domestic or sexual violence to terminate a lease sooner than was previously allowed is a great step forward but doesn't go far enough, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Alternatives to secondment beneficial for small firm lawyers

Although it can be difficult to participate in a traditional secondment when working for a smaller firm, there may be opportunities to take part in an unconventional experience that yields many of the same benefits, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O'Connor tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Tenants advised to ‘stay put’ when disputing rent increases

Tenants who face unexpected rent increases from landlords should stand their ground while the dispute is being resolved, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O'Connor. Read more

Bra removal for all those in custody humiliating, unnecessary

Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor says the Chatham-Kent Police Service is flying in the face of a major court decision by routinely demanding that women remove their bras when in custody. Read more

Officers' lawsuit against attorney general unusual: O'Connor

A lawsuit launched by three senior Toronto police officers against Ontario’s attorney general is highly unusual and contains allegations that will likely be onerous to prove in court, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor says. Read more

$8M award for wrongfully convicted man highlights Charter rights

A British Columbia court's ruling to award a man $8 million after he was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault charges and spent 27 years behind bars highlights how all individuals — even those who are self-represented — are entitled to a fair trial and access to justice, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Appeal court ruling on contingency fees a lesson for lawyers

Although the result was positive for the law firm involved, a recent Court of Appeal ruling that ordered an accounting firm to pay legal fees run up under a contingency agreement is ultimately a lesson to lawyers not to overreach in these situations, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells Law Times . Read more