Born: Pembroke, Ontario
Education: B.A. (Hons.), Carleton University
LL.B (cum laude), University of Ottawa
LL.M, University of Ottawa
Call to the Bar: 1976
Areas of Practice :
Telephone: (613) 594-8000 ext. 239
Facsimile: (613) 235-7578
William J. Sammon
Mr. Sammon holds an LL.B (cum laude) and LL.M from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976. From his call to approximately 1994, his practice was largely restricted to family law and civil litigation. Since 1994, his practice has been restricted to civil litigation with an emphasis on serious personal injury matters, complex commercial litigation and public policy issues.
Over his years of practice, Mr. Sammon has conducted hundreds of contested proceedings and has had numerous reported and unreported decisions. He has appeared at all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, where he has been counsel in a number of cases dealing with rights of the unborn, mercy killing, religious freedom, division of pensions on marriage breakdown and partial termination of a pension fund, vicarious liability, suability of the Roman Catholic Church, patenting of higher life forms, same sex marriage, and the division of powers in relation to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. He is or has been involved in a number of class actions dealing with pension surplus rights, prisoners’ rights, Indian residential school litigation, pay day loans and manufacturer’s liability. He has also defended institutional clients in sexual abuse claims in Newfoundland, Labrador, Ontario and British Columbia.
Mr. Sammon is the author of Advocacy in Child Welfare Cases: A Practitioner’s Guide, Carswell, 1985, as well as other publications and has taught advocacy at the Bar Admission Course in Ottawa. He has been a presenter at numerous professional conferences throughout his career and is currently a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Advocates Society and the Carleton County Law Association. He is included in “The Best Lawyers in Canada” for personal injury in its 2019 edition.
For many years Mr. Sammon was involved in minor hockey and baseball (hardball) at the house league and competitive levels in the south Ottawa community as coach, manager, or convener.
He also sat on the Board of Directors of Galilee Mission Centre of Arnprior, Ontario for a number of years and was formerly a Director of the Advocates Society.