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Sarah Leamon B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A., J.D. 

senior associate lawyer & founder


 

Founder of Sarah Leamon Law Group and criminal defence lawyer Sarah Leamon is highly knowledgeable in both criminal and administrative law. Although her practice focuses on impaired driving, she accepts a wide range of cases, ranging from 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.

Experienced

Sarah is an experienced trial lawyer has received a great deal of training in order to hone her craft.

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 takes every opportunity she can to keep her knowledge about the law and developing technology current and up-to-date.

Sarah participates in and regularly hosts continuing legal education seminars. She is also 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. 

Sarah has extensive experience representing high-profile clients and in dealing with sensitive, and often complex, matters. She has defended people who have been accused of serious crimes, including impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death and sex assault involving a minor.

In December, 2018, Sarah was selected and 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’s level of professionalism, skill and discretion on such highly politicized and scrutinized cases is unmatched.

Sarah is regularly sought after by other lawyers and professionals for guidance with their own cases, particularly in the area of impaired driving and cannabis law.

RECOGNIZED

Sarah’s reputation has earned her the respect and recognition of her peers.

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. Her testimony was so well-received that she was subsequently invited to appear before the Senate, in Ottawa, in the same capacity. 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 reputation has also earned her the respect and attention of the media. She 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, 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. She has been sought out by Canadian Lawyer Magazine to provide legal insight and analysis on a number of occasions.

As the result of her work in the law and in her community, Sarah has received numerous accolades from the community.

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 and the “Women of Inspiration” Awards.

ACTIVE

In addition to her work as a lawyer, Sarah is extremely active in her community. 

She is a regular contributor to both The Georgia Straight and The Huffington Postwhere she writes about legal and political issues from a distinctly Canadian perspective.  Sarah also writes about cannabis law for respected outlets such as 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 acts as Board Chair for PACE Society, which is a non-profit organization located in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. In November, 2016, Sarah co-founded the The Coven Club, a non-profit that focuses on social equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

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.

Sarah supports education and social justice. She is actively involved with SOAR Philanthrophic Society, which provides local youth with scholarship and educational resources. She makes a regular yearly scholarship donation in the name of Sarah Leamon Law Group.

COMPASSIONATE

Above all else, Sarah cares about her clients. She is attentive to their needs. She is patient and understanding.

In addition to her Juris Doctor in Law, Sarah earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Calgary and a Masters Degree from UBC. She has a background in political science and gender relations, which has given her a unique insight into the numerous barriers and challenges that are often faced by marginalized people.

When she went to law school, Sarah carried her passion for social justice with her. Her legal academic career focused on criminal law, miscarriages of justice and the application of the Charter of Rights. Sarah was awarded a First Place Award of Distinction for her academic work in advanced criminal procedure.

Sarah is tough when she needs to be but is naturally empathetic, compassionate and kind. She is friendly and approaches her work from a collaborative perspective. Sarah has earned a reputation as a skilled lawyer, who is easy to work with and approaches difficult situations reasonably. She has the skills, knowledge and sensitivity to effectively advocate on your behalf while navigating you through your most difficult time.

Sarah is fluent in English and French.

If you have a criminal case or driving matter in B.C. or Alberta, call Vancouver Criminal Lawyer Sarah Leamon for a free consultation.