Sarah J. Armstrong
UTAA BOARD MEMBER
(LLB 2002 Law)
Partner, Fasken LLP
Sarah is the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Litigation Department at Fasken LLP and is an experienced and skilled advocate whose litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice focusses on commercial litigation and class actions. She works with clients across a wide range of industries including professional services, mining, healthcare, insurance, automotive, retail and manufacturing. Sarah’s class action experience includes securities, product liability, insurance, privacy and consumer cases and she has acted as lead and co-counsel in matters before all levels of court in Ontario as well as before domestic and international arbitral tribunals.
Sarah is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Pro Bono Ontario, 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.
Sarah has also been heavily involved in the University of Toronto community since joining it as a student and received a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award in her graduating in recognition of her volunteerism and leadership. She has maintained a close connection with the Faculty of Law since graduating, serving as an alumni mentor and a member of the International Human Rights Programme Alumni Steering Committee. Sarah received an Arbor Award in 2016 in recognition of her volunteer contributions to the Faculty of Law and its students.
Sarah, who hails from a small town in Northern Ontario called Haileybury, is a northerner at heart but has also grown to love the city of Toronto where she lives with her husband and two very busy sons.