Sarah is an associate at the firm who is dedicated to getting the best possible outcome for her clients. She knows that hard work and preparation are the keys to success. Sarah represents youth and adult clients in Ottawa, and throughout the Eastern Region, at all levels of court. She has a particular interest in assisting offenders in the Mental Health, Youth, and Gladue Courts. Regardless of the charge, Sarah brings her years of experience and passion for criminal law to every client, and provides them with a thorough and strategic defence.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in Political Science from Carleton University in 2008. She graduated with highest honours and was awarded the Senate Medal of Honour for academic achievement. Subsequently, Sarah attended law school at the University of Ottawa and received her Juris Doctor in 2011, graduating magna cum laude. While at law school, Sarah received the prize for the highest grade in the Criminal Law and Procedure course.
Prior to being called to the bar in 2012, Sarah articled at Foord Davies LLP, and worked there part-time for almost four years throughout her undergraduate and law school studies. During this time, Sarah assisted senior counsel with preparation for bail proceedings, Charter Applications, complex trials and difficult sentencing hearings before both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, in addition to assisting with the preparation of numerous appeals before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Since beginning her own practice in 2012, Sarah regularly assisted clients with bail hearings and difficult trials before the Ontario Court of Justice, as well as negotiating delicate resolutions in appropriate cases. Sarah joined Beach & Munsterman, Associates in May, 2013. She assists Peter Beach with more serious files on an ongoing basis.
Sarah is actively involved in the local criminal defence bar. She currently holds the position of Junior Director with the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa, and participates on a number of courthouse and organizational committees in that capacity. She is a member of the Defence Counsel Association and Criminal Lawyers Association. Sarah participates in a mentorship program through the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Common Law. She also teaches Legal Research at Algonquin College.