Sarah McEachern

Sarah K. McEachern  


Executive Summary

Sarah McEachern is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Group in our Vancouver office. Sarah focuses her practice on helping clients find solutions to complex commercial and product liability disputes through both litigation and arbitration. She has worked on a variety of cases, including product liability trials, international and domestic commercial arbitration hearings, enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, jurisdictional disputes, licensing disputes, and commercial dispute resolution and negotiations in the health sector.

Sarah practises in 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 assisted physicians in the health sector in negotiating commercial agreements with health authorities as well as in resolving related disputes, including successful arbitration proceedings. She has also worked with online pharmacies, and pharmaceutical development companies dealing with financing and licensing disputes. She has developed 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.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, "Appeal Court Refuses Challenge to International Arbitral Award', International Law Office, 15 February 2018.
  • Panelist, "Negotiation Techniques for Women", Women's Enterprise Centre, February 2018.
  • Moderator, "New Developments in International Arbitration: Tour d'Horizon", ICC Canada Conference, November 2017, Montreal.
  • Presenter, "Managing Client Expectations," CLE on Electronic Evidence, November 2016.
  • Moderator, "Arbitration Advocacy: Speaking the Same Language as Your Decision Maker," Advocates Society, November 2016.
  • Presenter, "Drafting Arbitration Clauses," ADR Section of CBABC Meeting, November 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Ontario Court Rules Arbitral Creditors Cannot Seize Shares Held by Kyrgyz-owned Company, "International Law Office, August 2016.
  • Virtual Speaker, Sound-Off, Young-OGEMID Virtual Symposium on Speaking Engagements in International Arbitration, February 2016.
  • Presentation, "Don't Panic: Managing Large Scale Document Production," BLG U, November 2015.
  • Panelist, Young International Arbitration Group, Tylney Hall, London, September 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Lessons on Using Mareva Injunctions to Execute International Arbitral Awards," International Law Office, July 2015.
  • Quoted, "Canadian under 45 group chooses new leaders​," Global Arbitration Review, February 2015.​
  • Presentation, “Pre-Judgment Asset Freezing”, American Bar Association, Section of International Law, North America Forum, November 2014.
  • Presentation, “The ‘Accidental’ Project Manager: Using Project Management in ADR," ADR Institute of Alberta 2014 Conference and AGM, Red Deer, Alberta, May 2014.
  • Moderator, Young International Arbitration Group Workshop, Miami, April 2014.
  • Author, “Model Law Upheld as a Complete Code for Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards,” Young International Arbitration Group E-News, January 2014.
  • Presentation, “Arbitration in Canada, the Northern Option,” CLE in Seattle, Washington, Perkins Coie LLP, June 2013.
  • Presentation, “Timing is Everything: the New Limitation Act,” Chilliwack Bar Association, June 2013.
  • Moderator, “International Arbitration and the Courts: the US Experience,” YIAG Symposium, Boston, October 2013.
  • Author, “Achieving an Efficient Arbitration Process,” International Law Office Newsletter, October 2012.
  • Author, “Practical Tips for Achieving an Efficient Arbitration Process”, ADR Forum Newsletter, September 2012.
  • Author, “Stay Denied Where Dispute Fell Under Oral Agreement and Outside Arbitration Clause,” International Law Office Newsletter, December 2011.
  • Co-Author, “Supreme Court of Canada Splits on Upholding Commercial Arbitration Clause,” International Law Office Newsletter, March 2011.
  • Author, “What to do About Delays in Arbitration?,” Business in Vancouver, October 2010.
  • Author, “Posting Security may be Mandatory Where Enforcement of Arbitral Award Adjourned,” Young International Arbitration Group E-News, July 2010.
  • Co-Author, “Court Rules that Alleged Death Threats Evidence not Precluded by Issue Estoppel,” International Law Office Newsletter, June 2010.
  • Co-Author, “Security Mandatory when Enforcement is Adjourned Pending a Foreign Appeal,” International Law Office Newsletter, April 2010.
  • Co-Author, “Alleged Death Threats Insufficient to Override Obligation to Arbitrate,” International Law Office Newsletter, December 2009 and Canadian International Lawyer, 2009.
  • Co-Author, “Class Action and Arbitration Proceedings Tug-of-War in British Columbia,” International Law Office Newsletter, July 2009.
  • Co-Author, “Certified Consumer Class Actions May Trump Arbitration Agreements,” International Law Office Newsletter, July 2008.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2017) edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Future Star" in litigation in British Columbia.

  • Recognized as a Future Leader in GAR's Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2018.
  • Recognized as a Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration in Expert Guides 2017.
  • Recognized in the 2018 (and since 2017) editions of Benchmark Canada 40 and Under Hotlist