Lori Van Dongen

Lori Van Dongen

Criminal Lawyer



Overview And Experience

Lori has been practicing exclusively in the area of criminal law since her call to the Bar in 1998.  During her career Lori has earned the reputation of being a conscientious defence lawyer who advocates vigorously for her clients. Lori has a strong foundation in both procedure and the law.  This knowledge allows her to effectively represent her clients at all levels of the criminal justice system including Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal.   She has a particular interest in youth matters and is extremely familiar with the Youth Criminal Justice Act and its interplay with the Criminal Code.  Lori accepts Legal Aid files and private retainers for all types of matters from murders to property offences.  She travels to circuit courts regularly; appearing in jurisdictions throughout Manitoba including Morden where she has been the Legal Aid representative for over 15 years. As an experienced litigator, Lori will help you navigate the complex and often confusing justice system; offering assistance and advice from the time of your initial arrest to your first court appearance and subsequent hearing dates.  She will listen without judgment and help you through this very confusing and emotional process with compassion and understanding.  Lori strives to keep you informed, help you understand your rights and ensure that you are fiercely protected. A firm believer in giving back to the community, Lori has regularly volunteered her time to various organizations throughout the City, including her local library, the Behavioural Health Foundation, and the Residential Tenancies Appeals Commission as a Deputy Chief Commissionaire.  She has lectured to various organizations including the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, Continuing Legal Education and the Judges of the Manitoba Provincial Court.  Lori’s extensive experience has equipped her with an understanding of Aboriginal justice issues, language barriers and cultural diversity.   Her work with youth has allowed her to gain awareness of the complexities of child welfare issues and various medical diagnosis including FAS, FASD and ARND and the distinctive methods required to steer these cases through the criminal justice system. Lori has built a thriving practice and has a successful career.  She understands her client’s needs; she listens to her clients and makes herself available to answer their questions and address their concerns.

Assistant: Mandi Silvari msilvari@scvlaw.ca (204) 982-4412