Sarah Leamon B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A., J.D.
SENIOR ASSOCIATE LAWYER & FOUNDER
Founder of Sarah Leamon Law Group and criminal lawyer Sarah Leamon is highly knowledgeable and skilled in the area of criminal law. Although her practice focuses on impaired driving and sexual assault, she accepts a wide range of cases, ranging from simple assault and shoplifting to driving prohibitions and provincial violation tickets. Sarah has particular knowledge of impaired driving and the 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme. She has been defending IRP’s all across British Columbia since they were first introduced in September, 2010.
Sarah is an experienced trial lawyer. In addition to her work as a defence lawyer, Sarah also works as an ad hoc lawyer for the Provincial Crown. She has experience on both sides of the bar.
Sarah has extensive experience representing high-profile clients and in dealing with sensitive matters.
In December, 2018, Sarah was retained as counsel for the bail hearing in the international extradition case of The Attorney General of Canada on behalf of the United States of American v. Wanzhou Meng.
Sarah graduated from law school with Honours. Following her formal legal education, Sarah continued to expand her knowledge base in order to best serve her clients and to further her skills in the court room.
Sarah participates in and regularly hosts continuing legal education seminars. She is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. In 2018, Sarah received further training as a Drug Recognition Expert. Sarah has hands-on experience with the operation and use of the approved screening devices and approved instruments that are used to measure to measure blood alcohol concentration in British Columbia in Alberta.
In 2017, Sarah was personally selected and invited to appear before the House of Commons Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to provide expert legal testimony on proposed changes to the Criminal Code.
Sarah was initially asked to testify about changes to Canada’s impaired driving laws in light of cannabis legalization. She was subsequently invited to appear before the Senate. Sarah has appeared before the House of Commons on a variety of other issues, including changes to Canada’s sex assault laws and other wide-sweeping changes to our justice system. She submits briefs to the federal government on an on-going basis, advising them on key issues, from hate speech to human trafficking legislation.
Sarah’s is regularly sought out by the news for comment on topical legal issues.
Sarah has appeared on CBC, CBC RADIO, Power and Politics, CTV News, CHEK News, CFAX 1070, News1130, CKNW, Roundhouse Radio, and GlobalBC. She has been interviewed by print publications across the country, including local newspapers such as The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Sun, The Cloverdale Reporter, and The Daily Hive. Sarah has been quoted in the Ottawa-based newspaper The Hill Times and the French-Canadian news outlet Sympatico.
Sarah was selected as a winner of Business in Vancouver’s 2018 Forty Under 40 Award. In the same year, she was nominated for the “25 Most Influential Lawyers” by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and has been featured in The Richmond News “Best Of” edition. In 2019, Sarah was once again nominated for the “25 Most Influential Lawyers” awards, as well as “Attorney of the Year” by the O’Cannabis Industry Awards. She also received the “Integrity Award” for 2019 from the “Women of Inspiration” Awards hosted by the Universal Women’s Network.
In addition to her work as a lawyer, Sarah is extremely active in her community.
She is a regular contributor to The Georgia Straight. She has also written on legal issues for Canadian Lawyer Magazine, The Huffington Post and The Lawyers Daily. Sarah also writes about cannabis law for The Daily Hive Grow, The Her(b) Life and The Cannabis Life Network.
Sarah supports and has been key in establishing a number of important non-profit organizations. She currently volunteers her time as a Trial Supervising Lawyer with the Law Students Legal Advice Clinic at UBC. She also volunteers her time with the Peoples Law School, which helps to increase access to justice for British Columbians. She is also involved with SOAR Philanthrophic Society, which provides local youth with scholarship and educational resources. Sarah acted as Board Chair for PACE Society for a decade before stepping down in September, 2020.
In 2017, Sarah founded the Women’s Association of Criminal Lawyers British Columbia (WACL-BC), which is a peer-driven organization dedicated to the advancement of women in criminal law. WACL-BC strives to create a supportive community for women who practice in the criminal bar, and in doing so, addresses the unique challenges that they face in this area of the law.
In 2023, Sarah accepted the role of Criminal Supervising Lawyer with the Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) at the University of British Columbia. In this capacity, Sarah mentors law students, guiding them through the complexities of real-world legal scenarios and fostering the development of their professional skills.
If you have a criminal case or driving matter in B.C. or Alberta, call Vancouver Criminal Lawyer Sarah Leamon for a free consultation.