Sari L. Springer has been practicing law for almost 30 years. She is a dedicated, compassionate, focused and efficient practitioner who leaves “no stone unturned” in servicing her clients.

Sari has developed a hybrid practice: focussing on employment law as well as higher education law.

In terms of her higher education practice, Sari has acted for multiple universities throughout her career and in particular has defended universities in connection with numerous human rights applications filed at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. In that regard, Sari has had an unblemished record of success in resolving these cases either by settling them at mediation, having the cases dismissed on a preliminary basis at summary hearing and/or having the cases dismissed following complex hearings on the merits.

Sari has also been lead counsel on several occasions for groups of universities across the province in the context of high stakes, precedent setting systemic discrimination cases, and has succeeded in having all of those cases dismissed.

Sari also regularly acts on behalf of faculties in the context of academic appeals at various levels of appeal within the universities’ academic appeal system. Once again, Sari has achieved an unblemished record of success in upholding the faculty’s decisions, winning those cases each and every time.

Sari’s university practice also includes conducting highly sensitive internal investigations (sexual and workplace harassment most often) as well as overall reviews of the structure and leadership in departments as a whole. She also provides ongoing daily advice to her higher education clients to assist them in navigating diverse, time sensitive issues.

In terms of Sari’s employment practice, she acts on behalf of management in all aspects of the employment relationship including during the on-boarding process in drafting executive employment or independent contractor agreements, providing advice, counseling and training relating to a multitude of employment complexities during the employment relationship and opining on the appropriate termination packages to be offered in respect of individual and mass terminations.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Toronto Chapter

Women Presidents’ Organization


Canadian Bar Association


Ontario Bar Association


Canadian Association of University Solicitors

Member, Advisory Committee

Lancaster House Toronto Human Rights and Accommodation Conference

March 31-April 1, 2020


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


News, Analysis & Press

Employment: North America - Canada (Ontario)

Littler Report

August 29, 2019

Littler Global Guide - Canada - Q2 2017

Global Guide Quarterly

July 11, 2017

Speaking Engagements

Emerging Themes and Complexities in Student Accessibility

University of Toronto Tri-campus Accessibility Workshop

Nov 15, 2019

Must We Approve Every Accommodation Request? A Legal Perspective

Inter-University Disability Issues Association

Nov 7, 2019

Mental Health in the Workplace: From a Life and Legal Perspective

Benchmark Benefit Solutions Seminar, Toronto

September 25, 2019

Employment Law Update 2019

Toronto, ON

May 28, 2019

Best Practices in Accommodating Practicums, Placements and Labs for Students with Disabilities

University of Toronto

May 2-3, 2019

The Complex World of Human Rights in Higher Education

Law Society of Ontario 7th Annual Human Rights Summit

December 4, 2018

2018 Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 16, 2018

How to Remain off the Front Page of the Globe & Mail: A Due Process and Human Rights Law Primer for Clinical Chairs

University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Chairs Retreat

October 25, 2018

#NotYouToo: How to Conduct Legal Investigations in the Aftermath of #MeToo

Toronto, ON

June 8, 2018

Jewish Lawyers Comparative Law Seminar

Toronto, ON

May 23, 2018

Lessons Learned from UBC & Dunkley

Toronto, ON

multiple presentations in 2018

Second Annual Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 1, 2017

Employment Law Update 2017

Toronto, ON

September 18, 2017

Medical Marijuana and High Heels in the Canadian Workplace

May 24, 2017

Important Employment Decisions for 2016 Affecting the Workplace

Toronto, ON

February 28, 2017

Inaugural Canada Conference

Toronto, ON

November 21, 2016

New England’s Neighbor to the North: What Makes Canadian Employment Law Uniquely Canadian?

2016 New England Employer Conference, Burlington, MA

October 13, 2016

2016 Hot Topics for Ontario Employers

Toronto, ON

September 29, 2016

Canadian Legal Update – July 2016

July 27, 2016

Canadian v. U.S. Employment Law: Six Minutes at a Time

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

Conducting Lawful Investigations: An Interactive Program for Internal Investigators

Toronto, ON

November 24, 2015

Littler Global Mexico Conference

México City

November 11, 2015

Littler Global Primera Conferencia en México y Monterrey

México City

November 11, 2015

Littler Global Mexico Conference

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 10, 2015

Littler Global Primera Conferencia en México y Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 10, 2015


  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1988
  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1985

Bar Admission

Ontario, Canada