Sara Josselyn Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2011 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2008 - Nova Scotia

Primary office:  Toronto

Sara Josselyn

Based in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, Sara Josselyn is a partner and member of the Corporate Law Group. Her practice primarily focuses on private mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and general corporate and commercial matters.

Sara possesses an in-depth understanding of the challenges clients face in domestic, international and cross-border transactions across a wide array of sectors. Sara advises both buyers and sellers in M&A and private equity deals, and has represented clients at all stages of development, from startups to international private and public companies.

In addition to her private M&A practice, Sara acts as underwriting counsel to global insurance companies in connection with the issuance of representations and warranties insurance policies. Her key service offerings include:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Sara routinely advises sellers, private equity funds and strategic acquirers on private mergers and acquisitions. She has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by parties in the M&A context, demonstrating adeptness in identifying and solving the unique issues that arise in deals, while providing practical and commercial advice to her clients. Sara has a particular proficiency in advising on insured deals.
  • R&W Insurance: Sara regularly advises insurers through the underwriting process in connection with issuing representations and warranties insurance policies. Sara is a leading advisor to insurers in the transaction risk space in Canada, having assisted insurers in underwriting hundreds of deals.

Sara is a frequent speaker at industry events and has had numerous articles published on topics related to M&A and transactional risk.

As the recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Training Fellowship in Health Law & Policy, Sara took a year-long leave of absence early in her legal career to study the legal, ethical and policy challenges presented by rapidly evolving changes in health care. She was previously an instructor of health care law to master's students at the Department of Health Administration at Dalhousie University's Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2024

  • 2011

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Nova Scotia
  • 2007

    • Education
      Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, LL.M
    • Rankings & Awards
      Recipient of Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Fellowship in Health Law & Policy
  • 2006

    • Education
      Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, LL.B
  • 2002

    • Education
      Trinity College, University of Toronto, B.A. (Hons.)
  • 2000

    • Education
      Canadian Securities Institute, Canadian Securities Course


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Nova Scotia Barristers Society



  • Justin Pierce Berutich, Mike MacRory, Jeffrey Lash, Sara Josselyn and Catherine Brayley. "Transaction Liability Insurance: It's About a lot More than the Money," Report of Proceedings of the Seventy-Fourth Tax Conference, 2022 Conference Report (Toronto: Canadian Tax Foundation, 2023), 16:1-19.