Sarah O'Connor

Sarah O'Connor
O’Connor Richardson Professional Corporation
Principal
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
Ruling provides new weapon against 'revenge porn'

An Ontario judge has provided a new weapon against revenge porn by awarding $100,000 in damages to a young woman whose ex-boyfriend posted a sexually explicit video of her on a pornography website, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Animals on flights and the need for more regulation: O'Connor

The absence of Canadian law around the transport of pets, therapy and service animals that travel alongside passengers on commercial flights is building to a perfect legal storm that could lead to litigation, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor . Read more

PEI abortion challenge shows service not universally available

The fact that a lobby group is taking the Prince Edward Island government to court to force the province to provide fully funded and unrestricted access to abortion highlights that access to the procedure is not universal throughout the country, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor  says. Read more

Latest criminal charge in hockey highlights changing attitudes

The fact that police have charged a youth hockey player with assault with a weapon following an incident on the ice is another indication of how attitudes toward violence and the game have changed, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor .  Read more

Bill C-51 should be priority in litigation strategy review

As the new government prepares to review its litigation strategy, priority issues should include the approach to mandatory minimum sentencing as well as significant changes to Bill C-51, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells Law Times . Read more

HIV and the duty to disclose in Canada

Charlie Sheen’s revelation that he is HIV positive has highlighted some legal issues that are rarely discussed, including when, and under what circumstances Canadians are required to disclose they have the virus that causes AIDS, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor . Read more

59 suicides: Canada is failing its troops

News that 59 Canadian soldiers and veterans who served in Afghanistan have killed themselves is an indication of how Ottawa and the military are failing those men and women who have bravely served our country, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor . Read more

Crowd violence during Nuit Blanche 'concerning'

Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor  says it’s unfortunate and concerning the way surly crowds confronted police at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto during this year's Nuit Blanche event and she hopes the violence isn’t a harbinger of what may happen with the Blue Jays in the playoffs.  Read more

G20 officer ruling shows 'shift in courts'

A disciplinary hearing’s finding that a senior Toronto Police officer is guilty of three offences related to his conduct during the G20 protests is a good outcome but doesn’t go far enough to clearly recognize the rights of peaceful protesters, says Toronto civil litigator  Sarah O’Connor .  Read more

Jail understaffing a major problem

Understaffing at Ontario jails is a major problem and has a butterfly effect on every aspect of the institutions’ administration and on justice in general, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor .  Read more

The law around malicious prosecution is still emerging

A Toronto lawyer who is suing the police for malicious prosecution and defamation after she was accused of smuggling drugs into a courthouse and arrested in front of colleagues and clients will have to prove that officers had a primary purpose other than that of carrying the law into effect, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Small Claims rule changes create uneven playing field

Amendments to the Small Claims Court rules have created different standards for self-represented litigants and for parties represented by counsel, Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor writes in Lawyers Weekly .        Read more

Ruling unlikely to sway police away from carding

Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor says that a recent ruling involving “carding” is unlikely to sway new Chief of Police Mark Saunders away from his decision to continue the controversial police practice. Read more

B.C. man wrongly imprisoned for 27 years can sue, Supreme Court says

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a B.C. man can use the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to pursue a lawsuit after being wrongly imprisoned for 27 years for sexual assaults he did not commit. The landmark ruling clarifies the circumstances under which criminal prosecutors may be sued if they fail to disclose evidence to accused persons. In 1983, Ivan Henry was convicted of three counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault in attacks on eight women in Vancouver and declared a dangerous offender. In 2010, the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned Henry's convictions, citing a lack of full disclosure of evidence by prosecutors. It heard that evidence, which came to light during a 2002 police investigation which involved another offender who was implicated in 29 cases and lived near Henry. In 2001, Henry sued the provincial and federal attorneys general, the City of Vancouver and three members of its police department for withholding evidence that could have helped his defence. The case centres on a fine point of charter law, but one which has major ramifications for how criminal cases proceed every day in courtrooms across Canada. Henry wanted to proceed with his lawsuit without having to prove that the Crown's failure to disclose involved malice. The attorneys general wanted the higher standard of malice to be upheld to protect prosecutors from a flood of lawsuits. Justice Michael Moldaver said malice did not need to be proven, but he laid out criteria to govern how the legal test ought to be applied. "This represents a high threshold for a successful charter damages claim, albeit one that is lower than malice,'' he wrote. Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor tells AdvocateDaily.com that the top court's ruling in Henry v. British Columbia (Attorney General) further elaborates the malice standard in the SCC's malicious prosecution trilogy — Nelles v. Ontario , R. v. Proulx , and Miazga v. Kvello Estate . Read more

State accountability not just a U.S. problem

Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor says citizen journalism and cellphone videos have created more awareness around the issue of state accountability and highlights that police and enforcement officer misconduct is not just an American problem. Read more

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