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Sarah Armstrong Toronto Lawyer

Sarah J. Armstrong

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2003
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto
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Sarah Armstrong is the Vice-Chair of Fasken’s Ontario Litigation Department and Chair of the firm’s Arbitration Practice Group.  An experienced litigator with broad litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution experience, she has developed a robust practice focused on commercial and contractual disputes and class actions.

Working with clients across a range of industries, including mining, automotive, professional services, health, retail and manufacturing, Sarah advises clients on commercial disputes, professional liability matters and employment litigation. Her class action experience includes securities, product liability and privacy cases, and she has advocated for clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Acting as lead counsel and co-counsel in matters before all levels of court in Ontario as well as before domestic and international arbitral tribunals, Sarah also has experience in administrative law matters, including acting as independent legal counsel to the discipline and fitness practice committees of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Sarah has been recognized as a leading litigator by legal directories including Benchmark Litigation, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers and was named a “Rising Star” by Lexpert in 2015. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates’ Society (2015-2019), Sarah played a leadership role in Canada’s leading organization for advocates, including as Chair of its Collegiality, Mentoring and Membership Standing Committee. Sarah is a frequent presenter on class actions, commercial litigation, arbitration and advocacy, is a skills instructor for The Advocates’ Society’s skills education programs and regularly acts as a mentor to help further the goals of promoting excellence in advocacy and professionalism.

Recognized for her volunteer contributions to the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Sarah is a Visionary member of United Way Women United and a member of the organizing committee for Covenant House Toronto’s annual Guts + Glory fundraising event. Sarah has dedicated a significant amount of time to pro bono work each year since her 2003 call to the bar. Her pro bono advocacy for children with disabilities has helped many children address unlawful conditions that kept them out of school or without appropriate special education services.

While studying law at the University of Toronto, Sarah interned at Interights, an international human rights law advocacy group in London, England as part of the faculty of law’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP). She continues to be actively involved in the IHRP as a member of its Alumni Steering Committee.


  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2019, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
  • Named in Benchmark Litigation Canada, 2019
  • Recognized for Class Actions, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 to 2019
Named in Benchmark Litigation Canada Recognized as Litigation Star in Class Actions and General Commercial in Ontario
2018 to 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Recognized for Class Actions
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Education

  • LLB, (Dean's List) University of Toronto
  • BA (Honours) McMaster University

Community involvement

  • Director, Pro Bono Ontario 
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Pro Bono Law Ontario Education Law Project
  • Visionary Member, United Way Women United
  • Event Committee Member, Covenant House Guts+Glory
  • Former Director, The Advocates' Society (2015-2019)
  • Former Chair, Collegiality Mentoring and Membership Committee of The Advocates' Society
  • Member, Alumni Steering Committee, U of T Faculty of Law International Human Rights Program
  • Former Director, Working Skills Centre, Toronto  
  • Former Director, Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, The Advocates' Society 
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Toronto Lawyers' Association 
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