UTAA PRESIDENT 2021-2022
(JD 2004 Law)
Partner, Lenczner Slaght LLP
Sana Halwani is a lawyer and Partner at Lenczner Slaght, and leads the firm’s growing Intellectual Property practice. She represents diverse clients in patent, copyright, and trademark matters, including pharmaceutical companies, technology companies, fashion designers, gallerists and media companies. Sana has represented clients at all levels of the Ontario and Federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and regularly provides strategic patent and regulatory advice. Sana has been recognized for her professional expertise by prominent ranking publications including Chambers, Lexpert, and IAM Patent 1000.
As Chair of the firm’s Innovation Hive and member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Sana evangelizes the use of technology in and out of the courtroom by leading the firm’s Digital Default and technology adoption initiatives. Sana is also a diversity champion and spearheaded ReferToHer in 2019, a series of lists of experienced female lawyers to whom lawyers and clients can confidently refer work.
Prior to her time at the University of Toronto, Sana received a BSc in Biochemistry from Queen’s University, and a MA in Biotechnological Law and Ethics from the University of Sheffield, UK. She also clerked for The Honourable Rosalie Abella, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Sana has been very involved in the University of Toronto community since joining it as a student. Her contributions during her legal studies garnered her the Dean’s Key, as well as a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award. Since graduating, Sana has taken on numerous roles at the university including Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Discipline Tribunal; member of the College of Electors; member of the Law Alumni Association; trial advocacy instructor at the Faculty of Law; and alumni mentor. In 2012, she was the recipient of an Arbor Award for her service to the University. Sana lives in Toronto with her husband, two sons, and her neurotic yet lovable Australian Shepherd.