Sacha practices primarily in four areas of law - Indigenous law, Public/Administrative law, Insurance Law, and Personal Injury.
Sacha is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. He articled at TDS in 2002. In 2003, Sacha left the firm for one year to clerk for the Honourable Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Sacha has been active as a volunteer on the Law Societies in Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In 2016, he became a Bencher for the Manitoba Law Society.
Sacha has been a member of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission since 2015. The Commission is an independent law reform agency that considers how to improve, modernize and reform laws in Manitoba
Sacha has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Manitoba, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Sacha is a member of the English River First Nation, a Dene community located in Northern Saskatchewan. His long standing interest in Indigenous issues has resulted in an Indigenous law practice. Sacha has experience working for resource developers, such as mining companies, forestry companies, and hydro-electric utilities, in engaging with First Nations and Metis communities, particularly when it comes to future resource developments or the impacts of past developments.
In addition, Sacha has developed a practice respecting First Nation elections and governance issues. He has acted for Indigenous Governments/Tribunals in enforcing orders to remove people from Chief and Council and has acted for First Nation people in challenging elections.
Sacha has been a contributing editor to the Canadian Native Law Reporter, a publication that reports on Indigenous law cases, as of 2015.
Public Law/Administrative Law
Sacha’s work in Indigenous law ties into his practice in Public Law/Administrative law. Indigenous law frequently engages principles of administrative law, such as duties of fairness. In addition to acting for Indigenous Tribunals, Sacha has acted for and provided advice to other administrative tribunals, such as Workers’ Compensation tribunals and Residential Tenancies tribunals.
In the area of Public law, Sacha has experience with human rights under human rights legislation and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. For example, Sacha acted for Amnesty International in the case of Canada v. Khadr respecting “life, liberty and security of the person” rights under the Charter. Sacha has also acted for clients respecting addressing human rights issues, such as equality rights.
Insurance Law and Personal Injury
Sacha has acted for both public and private insurance companies. In this context, he has provided advice respecting the interpretation of insurance contracts and on the duty of good faith. He also provides advice to policyholders when insurers deny coverage. Sacha has experience with property insurance, liability insurance, disability insurance and life insurance.
In addition to his insurance practice, Sacha teaches insurance law at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.
Finally, Sacha has practised in the area of personal injury in Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. He has acted for injured people on such matters as motor vehicle accidents, aircraft accidents, or slips and falls. In addition, Sacha defends people from personal injury claims as part of his insurance practice.
Primary Practice Area
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Western Ontario, 1999
Bachelor of Laws, University of Manitoba, 2002
Northwest Territories, 2007
Repeatedly selected by his peers to be included in the Best Lawyers in Canada for the specialty of Aboriginal Law.
Named Best Lawyers' 2013 Winnipeg Aboriginal Law "Lawyer of the Year"
Repeatedly recognized by Lexpert as a Leading Lawyer in Aboriginal Law
Law Society of Manitoba, A.M. Israels Q.C. Prize, 2003
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Circle of Honour Award, 1999
Sacha teaches Indigenous Economic Development and the Law with Shoshanna Paul at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba as of 2019. In the past, Sacha taught insurance law at Robson Hall for a number of years.