Sarah Jones

416.507.1832 sjones@tgplawyers.com Download V-Card
Sarah is a partner of Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP.

Areas of practice & Experience

Sarah has practiced insurance and civil litigation with Thomas Gold Pettingill since 2010.  Sarah has a diverse practice focused on representing clients in commercial litigation and tort defence matters.

Sarah has experience defending complex insurance matters involving failure to educate, occupier’s liability, construction liability, product liability, professional negligence, and motor vehicle insurance claims.  Sarah has also represented a number of insurers in affirmative litigation cases seeking to collect damages for fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, and conspiracy relating to the submission of false claims documents and invoices.  Sarah is an experienced advocate and has successfully represented clients before the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, and in private arbitrations.

A selection of Sarah’s recent work includes:
  • Defending numerous Ontario universities in actions involving failure to educate, defamation, breach of contract, and negligence claims.
  • Defending professional liability claims in respect of professors, residency students, and nurses.
  • Defending institutional clients in the area of vicarious liability for various torts, including sexual abuse and harassment.
  • Acting for a number of insurers in affirmative litigation cases involving fraud and in the defence of fraudulent insurance claims.
  • Conducting examinations under oath and providing insurers with advice in potential fraud claims in actions involving fire loss, theft and accident benefits.
  • Defending clients in claims involving defective design, manufacturing and negligence.
  • Defending personal injury claims related to motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls.
  • Counsel in subrogated claims relating to oil contamination and fire losses.

Reported decisions

Lam v University of Western Ontario Board of Governors, 2017 ONSC 6933 – Successful in having Plaintiff’s entire claim dismissed on a summary judgment motion on the basis that the claim was academic in nature and not the proper subject matter of a civil claim.

Ali v Region of Waterloo et al., 2017 ONSC 986 (Div. Ct.) – Successful in appealing motion judge’s decision to grant the Plaintiff’s leave to amend his Statement of Claim to name an individual employee of the university as a personal defendant to the action in a personal injury claim.

Newman v Lakehead University, 2017 ONSC 335 – Successfully struck Plaintiff’s entire Statement of Claim, without leave to amend, in an educational malpractice claim.

Tran v University of Western Ontario, 2015 ONCA 295 – Successful in defending Plaintiff’s appeal and upholding the motion judge’s decision to strike all causes of action as against the individually named Professors as well as the claims of conspiracy and intimidation as against the university.

Gyamfuaa v Leblanc, 2015 ONSC 1422 – Successfully struck claims in negligence, negligent investigation, breach of fiduciary duty, and defamation in an educational malpractice claim against the university and individually named Professors.

Lam v University of Western Ontario Board of Governors et al., 2015 ONSC 1642 – Successfully struck claims in breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent misrepresentation, and conspiracy against the university and all claims of personal liability against individually named Professors.

Stuart v The University of Western Ontario, 2015 ONSC 5168 – Successfully struck Plaintiff’s claims in breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty of good faith, negligence, and negligent misrepresentation.

King v Ryerson University et al., 2015 ONSC 584 – Successfully struck Plaintiff’s entire Statement of Claim, without leave to amend, against the university and individually named Professor in an educational malpractice claim.

Bounpraseuth v York University, 2014 ONCA 390 – Successful in defending Plaintiff’s appeal and upholding the motion judge’s decision to strike the entire Statement of Claim, without leave to amend, on the basis of the expiry of the limitation period and the discretion of the university to deal with academic matters.

Ramlall v University of Toronto et al., 2014 ONCA 100 – Successful in defending Plaintiff’s appeal and upholding the motion judge’s decision to strike the Statement of Claim in its entirety, without leave to amend, in an educational malpractice claim.

Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co. v MD Consult Inc. et al, [2013] O.J. No. 5072 (Div. Ct.) – Successfully opposed Defendants’ motion for leave to appeal of the decision of the motion judge, which refused to strike allegations of conspiracy by three insurers, on the basis that it was not plain and obvious that the conspiracy pleading added nothing to the other torts being alleged.

Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co. v MD Consult Inc. et al., 2013 ONSC 1347 – Successfully opposed  Defendants’ motion to strike allegations of conspiracy by three insurers.

Ramlall v Ontario Family Medicine Programs (OFMP/OCFP), 2012 ONSC 7260 – Successfully struck Plaintiff’s entire Statement of Claim, without leave to amend, on the basis of cause of action estoppel and because it failed to plead a reasonable cause of action and was an abuse of process.

Education & Associations

  • B.Sc. (Honours) with Distinction, Queen’s University, 2006
  • J.D., Queen’s University, 2009
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 2010