SVLaw Home Page

Michelle Dwyer

she / her B.A., M.A., J.D. Lawyer

Called To Bar




  • Harvard Negotiation Institute, Certificate in Mediating Disputes, 2016
  • Certified Practitioner, Collaborative Family Law 
  • 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
Guelph Office T. 519 821 0013 F: 519 837 1617

Michelle Dwyer practices in the area of family law, criminal law, and provincial offences. As a certified practitioner of collaborative family law, she supports clients in negotiations, 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 also represents administrative and municipal clients as a prosecutor.

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

Michelle obtained both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. She obtained a Juris Doctorate degree in 2001 from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Michelle was called to the bar in 2002.

Michelle continues to be involved in the Guelph community and 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.

In Michelle’s personal time, she is an avid reader, and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and camping.

Memberships & Professional Appointments

  • Criminal Lawyers' Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Law Society of Ontario

Community Involvement

  • Wyndham House, Co President, Board of Directors
  • Victim Services Wellington, Board of Directors
  • Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee, Release From Custody Community of Practice, Member

Tribunals, Boards, & Levels of Court

  • Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Superior Court of Justice
  • Ontario Court of Justice
  • Various administrative and professional tribunals
  • Guelph Office 105 Silvercreek Pkwy. N. Suite 100 Guelph, ON N1H 6S4
    519 837 2100
  • Fergus/Elora Office 294 East Mill Street, Unit 108, Centre Wellington, ON N0B 1S0
    519 837 2100
  • Toll Free 800 746 0685