Carlos Sayao is a partner at Tyr LLP, where he practises civil and commercial litigation, with a focus on class actions and sports-related disputes.
Carlos has significant experience litigating in all levels of court in Ontario and is regularly involved in arbitrations and administrative proceedings. He is counsel on a number of complex class actions representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
In addition to his complex commercial and class action practice, Carlos has significant experience with sports-related disputes. He has appeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport on multiple occasions, including representing South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya in a landmark case challenging discriminatory sport regulations. Other Olympic athletes Carlos has represented include Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, American fencer Aleksandra Shelton, and Jamaican bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian.
Carlos has also acted as counsel for many sport-governing bodies, including the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Paralympic Committee. He is frequently invited to speak publicly on sports law issues and has been a lecturer at ISDE Law and Business School in Madrid and at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law.
Carlos was a recipient of the Benchmark Canada Impact Case of the Year Award (2019).
Updated April 2022