Sarah McEachern

Partner

Vancouver
SMcEachern@blg.com
604.632.3471

Sarah helps clients find solutions to complex commercial and product liability disputes through both litigation and arbitration.

 

She practises all aspects of commercial arbitration, from the initial stage of drafting the arbitration clause in a contract, to obtaining interim court orders, to arbitration preparation, through to the final stages of appearing before the arbitration tribunal as counsel and applying to have arbitral awards enforced.

 

Sarah has expertise in resolving major product liability disputes (both litigation and arbitration) including in relation to aviation, and has represented clients in several software and technology-related intellectual property disputes.

She speaks some French and Spanish.

Experience

  • Experience in product liability trials.
  • Expertise in international and domestic commercial arbitration hearings.
  • Experience in enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, jurisdictional disputes and licensing disputes.
  • Experience in commercial dispute resolution and negotiations in the health sector.
  • Assisted physicians in the health sector in negotiating commercial agreements with health authorities as well as in resolving related disputes, including successful arbitration proceedings.
  • Worked with online pharmacies, and pharmaceutical development companies dealing with financing and licensing disputes.
  • Frequent author, moderator and speaker of arbitration issues and matters.
 

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Regional Co-Representative for North America, Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG/LCIA)
  • Director and Vice President Events, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners
  • Steering Committee, IBA Arb40
  • Steering Committee, Young Attorneys in Dispute Resolution (Y-ADR, CPR)
  • Editorial Board, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review
  • Member, Young ITA
  • Member, Arbitral Women
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, BLG Reads to Kids
  • Pro Bono Lawyer, Duty Counsel Project
  • Minerva Foundation, Women Leading the Way

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Commercial Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2017) edition of the Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List
  • Recognized as a Future Leader in GAR's Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2018.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Litigation Star" and in the 2019 (and since 2017) editions as a "Future Star".
  • Recognized as a Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration in Expert Guides 2017.

Bar Admission & Education

  • British Columbia, 2008
  • JD, University of Toronto, 2007
  • BA (Hons.), University of Victoria, 2003
  • Participant, Singapore International Arbitration Academy, Nov/Dec 2013