Sally Gomery’s practice focuses on contractual and construction disputes, procurement issues, insurance and professional liability. Clients who call upon her services include multinational companies in the transportation, high-tech, aerospace, construction, pharmaceutical, retail and professional services industries.
Ms. Gomery works in both French and English and has appeared before trial and appeal courts in Ontario and Quebec as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. She has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation.
She is Vice-Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.
Year of call
B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 1990
B.A.(Hons.), Trinity College, University of Toronto, 1986
Selected client work
Ms. Gomery’s recent client work has included:
- Successfully defending a high-profile claim against Canadian Blood Services challenging its blood donor screening practices under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Assisting a public company in creating and implementing a code of conduct for business sales
- Representing the University of Ottawa in a series of challenges and judicial review applications arising from disciplinary sanctions to residents in its Faculty of Medicine, including a lawsuit for $155 million based on an allegation that the sanctions violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Defending a telecommunications company in a class action alleging that terms on pre-paid cards for mobility services contravene consumer protection legislation
- Advising companies such as Siemens, Bombardier, IBM Canada, Emergis, SNC-Lavalin and CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc. with respect to existing and prospective contracts with various levels of government across Canada, as well as other public and private companies
- Acting for a national health organization mediating a claim against a software company following the failure of client relationship management software
- Defending multijurisdictional class action suits against service providers, tour operators and retailers
- “Effective pre-trial conference briefs,” County of Carleton Law Association seminar, Ottawa, June 2012.
- “Public procurement law two years after Tercon,” paper presented at a Federated Press conference, Toronto, May 2012.
- “Recent legal developments in public procurement law,” seminar at Public Construction Contracting & Tendering Course by Federated Press, Toronto, May 2011.
- “Essentials of procurement law,” Association of Corporate Counsel seminar, Ottawa, November 2011.
- “Breaking up is hard to do: Principles of termination of commercial contracts in civil and common law,” conference on Key Business Agreements, The Canadian Institute, Montréal, November 30, 2010.
- “Fat Boy v. Mr. Hairpiece: The Ontario Court weighs in on conduct at discovery,” County of Carleton Law Association Annual Litigation Conference, Montebello, Quebec, November 20, 2010.
- “Expert evidence,” Advanced evidence law and practice for civil, commercial and administrative litigation conference, The Canadian Institute, Ottawa, June 22 and 23, 2010.
- “Pitfalls in contracting through open negotiations or tendering,” SNC-Lavalin, Montréal, February 26, 2010.
- “Expert under fire: Cross-examination of an expert witness,” The Advocates’ Society, Ottawa, February 25, 2010.
- “Accidental death vs. death by illness: Considering the impact of an insured’s illness when evaluating an accidental injury claim” (with Caroline Légaré), AXA Assurances Inc., Montréal, October 27, 2009.
Rankings and recognitions
- Benchmark Canada, 2012-2013 - recognized as a future litigation star in Ontario
- Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013 - Class Actions and Litigation
Memberships and activities
- The Advocates’ Society
- Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario
- County of Carleton Law Association
- Former Instructor on Civil Procedure, Ontario Bar Admissions Course
On April 11, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court dismissed a $150-million claim for damages by three former medical residents against the University of Ottawa..
The resolution of a lengthy challenge by a former University of Ottawa medical resident shows Canadian courts continue to uphold the freedom of universities to....
Sally Gomery comments in Law Times on how early resolution becomes more effective as a cost and time saving alternative as Canadian class actions mature and their strategic focus shifts from certification to trial..
Partner Sally Gomery and Noleen John, legal consultant on Norton Rose LLP's insurance team, write on the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) decis....