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Meet Sarah E. Martens

Professional Regulation Lawyer
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Professional Highlights

Sarah has practiced in the area of professional regulation since her Call to the Bar in 2013, including regularly assisting physicians in responding to complaints to, and investigations conducted by, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, assisting physicians through the process of quality assurance reviews, and representing physicians at the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.  In addition, her practice has included assisting physicians with disputes regarding hospital privileges and providing advice to physicians regarding various mandatory reporting obligations.

  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2019-present)
  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (2013-2019)
  • Articling Student, Lerners LLP (2012-2013)
  • Summer Student, Lerners LLP (2011)

  • Panelist, “Overcoming roadblocks: What to do if you get into trouble”, CMPA Resident Symposia, McMaster University, February 25-26, 2020
  • Presenter, “Impact of Clinical Guidelines on Clinical Practice from a CPSO/Civil Liability perspective”, Clinical Day in Ophthalmology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, April 28, 2017
  • Co-Author, “Stretching the Limits of Statutory Interpretation: The implications of College of Nurses of Ontario v Mark Dumchin on the jurisdiction of regulated health colleges over former members”, Ontario Bar Association, June 24, 2016
  • Presenter, “Research and Writing”, Excelling at Articles and the Law Practice Program, Ontario Bar Association, August 27, 2014

  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of medical negligence
  • Dean’s Honour List – First and third year law (2010/2012)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Award for outstanding achievement in legal studies (2012)
  • Brown & Korte Barristers Scholarship in Insurance Law (2012)
  • Scotiabank Scholarship in Trusts (2011)
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt – Rand Entrance Scholarship (2009)

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Middlesex Law Association

  • Chair, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Hike for Hospice Committee (2019-2020)
  • Member, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Hike for Hospice Committee (2017-2018)
  • Member, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Bites & Bubbles Committee (2020-present)
  • Member, St. Joseph’s Hospice, Four Elements for Hospice Committee (2016-2020)
  • Member, Red Shoe Society (2012-present)

  • Osgoode Law, Certificate in Health Law (2020)
  • Osgoode Law, Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop (2016)
  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2013)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Western Ontario (2012)
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts (Major in Political Science, Minor in Philosophy), University of Western Ontario (2009)

Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys cardio kickboxing, volleyball, and travelling.