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Sarah McEachern

Associée

Vancouver
SMcEachern@blg.com
604.632.3471

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Sarah has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration disputes. She focuses her practice on helping clients resolve complex disputes in the commercial, construction, mining, health and energy sectors. She has expertise in both domestic and international disputes and has acted or advised on proceedings under the rules of the ICC, ICDR, AAA, SCC, HKIAC and BCICAC (now VanIAC).

Sarah is BLG’s regional manager of commercial and construction disputes. Sarah has experience negotiating commercial agreements with health authorities, as well as resolving related disputes through mediation and arbitration. She has acted for online pharmacies and pharmaceutical development companies dealing with financing and licensing disputes. Sarah, an experienced arbitrator, was selected as one of 12 arbitrators to sit on the inaugural roster of Arbitration Place's NextGen Arbitrators. In 2021 the Government of British Columbia appointed Sarah to serve a five-year term as a roster member for BC's Bid Protest Mechanism and Dispute Resolution panels, established under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.

She writes and presents frequently on topics related to arbitration and complex litigation, and co-authored the guide Technology Resources for Arbitration Practitioners for the IBA.

Sarah has a working knowledge of 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
  • Arbitration Place, Nextgen Arbitrators

Community Involvement

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

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a 2020 Lexpert Rising Star.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2021 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 2021 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

  • Colombie-Britannique, 2008
  • JD, Université de Toronto, 2007
  • BA (Hons.), Université de Victoria, 2003
  • Participant, Singapore International Arbitration Academy, Nov/Dec 2013