Sarah Saad


Sarah Saad’s practice concentrates on corporate and commercial work including acquisition and disposition of businesses, assets and shares, secured transactions, franchising, leasing,  employment, supply and services contracts, as well as bankruptcy and insolvency. She is also involved in advising clients on many corporate matters such as professional corporations, not-for-profit and charitable organizations, incorporations and re-organizations, shareholders’ rights and remedies, financing and commercial real estate.  She also represents clients in issues dealing with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, including applications, transfers, renewals, endorsements and amendments of liquor licenses.

Sarah also advises on employment and contractual related matters, including employers’ and employees’ rights and responsibilities, independent contractor relationships and associations and cost-sharing relationships.

Sarah’s practice further encompasses intellectual property law, advising clients on issues and disputes with trademarks, copyright, and unfair competition and with respect to protecting, selling and licensing their intellectual property. She also practices in the area of Internet Law, providing legal advice on Internet-related issues, e-commerce, licensing agreements, online speech and conduct and associated intellectual property issues, such as cyber-squatting, domain names and copyright.

Sarah obtained her LLB from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2004. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2005.

Representative Work

  • Sarah works with a broad range of clients, representing entrepreneurs, small businesses, and large corporations.

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association

Speaking/Teaching Engagements

  • Tutors students taking their Ontario Bar Exams in Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Conducts presentations to clients on requested topics dealing with their businesses

Community Involvement

  • Acts as a judge for the annual Moot Court Competitions held at the University of Ottawa
  • Assists the County of Carleton Law Association by supervising University of Ottawa law students in the compilation of:
  • Assist the County of Carleton Law Association in the planning of the Annual Solicitors Conference
  • Former member of the Board of Directors and the Finance and Audit Committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa

When she’s not in the office

Sarah enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures and foods.

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— Dawna Christy

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— Judy Everson

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— Donna Lea Andrews, Andrews Brothers Construction (Ottawa) Ltd.

I like the fact that I can pick up the phone and talk to my lawyer, not an assistant. Other firms are getting too big to provide personal service.

— Ken Crawford, C&M Electric

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— Jonathan Westeinde, Windmill Developments

They’re prompt, intelligent, give good advice, and charge reasonable rates.

— Stan Neathery, Integrating Solutions Inc.