Sarah Woods is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault's Montréal office and a member of McCarthy Tétrault's Québec Litigation Group. Her fluency in English, French and Spanish makes her a counsel of choice for clients who have national and international business interests. Through her diverse practice, she has supported clients on various aspects of commercial litigation, including securities litigation, construction and commercial real estate litigation, shareholder disputes and class actions. She also has experience in cases pertaining to professional liability and labour law.
Her leadership and legal expertise combined with her impressive accomplishments have earned her the respect of the legal community, both provincially and nationally. She has received numerous industry recognitions and rankings, notably from Chambers Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, as well as from Benchmark Litigation, which has named her as one of the top 50 women in litigation in Canada, since 2020.
She was the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Securities Litigation Sub-Committee for Canada (2015-2019). In addition, she co-chaired two editions of the American Bar Association’s National Institute on U.S.-Canadian Securities Litigation.
Sarah is an accomplished author and speaker, and she has taught the Civil Litigation Workshop at McGill University’s Faculty of Law since 2005. Sarah is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and one of the Governors of the Québec Bar Foundation.
In addition to graduating from McGill University’s transsystemic program (civil and common law), Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queen's University. She is called to both the Québec Bar (2004) and the Law Society of Ontario (2012).
Sarah has been a member of the Mount Royal Club’s Committee of Management since 2015 and a member of the Board of the string ensemble La Pietà since 2013.