Sarah Rostom brings clarity and humanity to the way she practices law. On one day of the week, you might find her getting to the bottom of grievances where the employer has discriminated, harassed, or failed to accommodate an employee. On another day, she may be crafting a witness statement for an employee who has been denied long-term benefits, or negotiating with an employer on behalf of a recently dismissed employee. Whatever she is doing, Sarah does it with excellence – she believes the institutions and people she represents deserve no less.
A former Goldblatt Partners summer student, Sarah worked as a law clerk in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice and Divisional Court following law school. In that role, she assisted judges with appeals and applications for judicial review from administrative bodies including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, boards of grievance arbitration, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
After spending hundreds of hours reviewing written submissions and observing oral argument in court, Sarah knows what persuasive and compelling advocacy looks like. She also knows what it feels like. During law school, Sarah represented the University of Toronto in the Arnup Cup, a province-wide trial advocacy competition. She also competed in the Julius Alexander Isaac Diversity Moot where she and her partner were awarded first place and where Sarah was named best oralist.
Before becoming a lawyer, Sarah was a researcher in global and public health, and put her skills to use working at the World Health Organization.
Sarah believes strongly in mentorship, and even delivered a Ted Talk on the topic (which feels like a lifetime ago!). More recently, she has participated in panels on various topics, including barriers in the legal profession. She enjoys mentoring other aspiring lawyers and students and encourages them to reach out to her.