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Michelle Dwyer

B.A., M.A., J.D. Partner

Called To Bar

2002

Education

  • Certified Practitioner, Collaborative Family Law
  • Harvard Negotiation Institute, Certificate in Mediating Disputes, 2016
  • University of Toronto, J.D., 2001
  • University of British Columbia, M.A. in Political Science, 2000
  • University of British Columbia, B.A. in Political Science, 1995

Assistants

Guelph Office T. 519 821 0013 F: 519 837 1617

Michelle Dwyer practices in the areas of family law, criminal law and provincial offences, civil litigation and estate litigation. She is a certified practitioner of collaborative family law and assists clients with negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Michelle represents clients at the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. In her criminal law practice, Michelle defends criminal and provincial offences.  She is also a by-law prosecutor for municipal clients.  Michelle is co-chair of SV Law’s Civil Litigation Practice Group.

Michelle is also pleased to have expanded her practice to include Mediation. Mediation is voluntary process wherein a neutral third party facilitates the negotiation of a mutually acceptable agreement. The process can take place either with legal counsel present or with the parties alone. Mediation is interest based negotiation that often allows parties to express their needs and concerns. Mediation can often resolve matters in both a more efficient and fulsome fashion with the participants feeling that their needs are more fully met. It assists the parties in dealing with all issues but may be particularly helpful in situations when the parties are required to continue interacting with each other on an ongoing basis.

Michelle obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1995 and a Masters of Arts in Political Science in 2000 from the University of British Columbia. She completed a Juris Doctorate degree in 2001 from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Michelle has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Criminal Justice and Public Policy Program at the University of Guelph. She is also a member and past president of the Board of Victim Services Wellington and a member of Board of Directors of Wyndham House.

 

Memberships & Professional Appointments

  • Law Society of Upper Canada’s Justicia Project, Gender Diversity Officer
  • Ministry of the Attorney General, Crown Attorney (per diem)
  • University of Guelph, Sessional Lecturer, Criminal Justice and Public Policy Program

Community Involvement

  • Wyndham House, Board of Directors
  • Victim Services Wellington, Board of Directors

Tribunals, Boards, & Levels of Court

  • Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Ontario Court of Justice
  • Superior Court of Justice