Sarah Whitmore > Torys > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Torys
79 WELLINGTON STREET WEST, SUITE 3000
BOX 270, TD CENTRE
TORONTO, ONTARIO
Canada

Work Department

Employment Law, Labour

Position

From precedent-setting employment class actions to defamation and public law litigation, Sarah brings broad experience and skilled advocacy to her work with clients on all aspects of their disputes.

Sarah maintains an active disputes practice with an emphasis on class actions, employment law, commercial litigation, public law and constitutional litigation. She has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario, in various administrative tribunals in Ontario (including the Human Rights Tribunal), the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Québec Superior Court, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Sarah is counsel to the defendants in a number of leading and precedent-setting employment national class actions, including the Canadian Hockey League, Canada Cartage and Livingston International, as well as a Canadian Schedule I bank in its defence to the first common issues trial to proceed on the merits in an employment class action in Canada. Sarah also assists clients in resolving claims involving allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment and related allegations of wrongful and constructive dismissal, frequently speaking and writing on legal matters related to sexual harassment and discrimination class actions.

Sarah is also frequently involved in complex contract disputes, providing representation in all avenues of dispute resolution, as well as proactive advice to mitigate disputes in commercial transactions, joint venture relationships, shareholder arrangements and significant projects.

Sarah also has a robust defamation practice and is an advocate for expansive protection for free expression, regularly representing media companies, authors, and individuals in a variety of defamation matters. In particular, Sarah acts on a number of cases engaging the right of complainants to report allegations of misconduct.

Career

Ontario Bar, 2011

Memberships

Sarah is an instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Trial Advocacy course. Sarah is also a member of the Advocates’ Society.

In the community, Sarah is the President of the Board of Directors of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and acts as a volunteer instructor and mentor on Ontario’s Law Practice Program’s Trial Advocacy course.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Dispute Resolution

(Rising stars: Ontario)

Sarah WhitmoreTorys

Torys has a robust dispute resolution offering and excels in high-stakes litigation across Canada, with specialist practitioners in financial services, product liability and IP. It has an established client base of heavyweight companies in the country, including Rogers Communications, Stronach Consulting and MGM Resorts International, all of which have sought the team’s assistance in major recent cases. In Ontario, the team is one of the market leaders and is jointly led by Gillian Dingle, who focuses on civil litigation in the areas of corporate and securities law, and Linda Plumpton, who has extensive experience leading in bet-the-company litigation for domestic clients. Sheila Block is a well-respected trial and appellate counsel with a broad civil litigation practice, and Patricia Jackson is another key name in class actions and corporate and commercial litigation. Sarah Whitmore was promoted to the partnership in January 2021 and is an increasingly important figure in the Toronto team. ‘Outstanding litigator‘ Sylvie Rodrigue heads the firm’s broad Quebec offering, which is going from strength to strength and has seen a recent increase in data privacy cases as well as matters tied to the pandemic. Christopher Richter has expertise in transnational disputes and matters of private international law, and senior associate Marie-Ève Gingras assists across a broad range of cases.