Laurelle Harris

Laurelle has been a practicing lawyer in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba for over 19 years, primarily in the area of family law.

Throughout her career, Laurelle has undertaken extensive continuing legal education In addition to her undergraduate and law degrees, Laurelle holds a Certificate in Family Arbitration (2021) and a Certificate in Family Mediation from York University (2019), as well as general mediation training.

As a founding director of the Family Mediation and Arbitration Legal Institute (FAMLI), Laurelle has been at the forefront of the development of family arbitration resources in Manitoba. FAMLI sets minimum educational standards for its member mediators and arbitrators which far exceed the requirements of the Province of Manitoba.

Laurelle draws on the combination of her legal experience, training, and personal experience – as well as common sense and compassion – to help her clients achieve a fair resolution to their matters during what are often difficult, emotionally challenging times.

In addition to her legal practice, Laurelle has also taught at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law (Family Law and Gender in the Law), and acts as an equity and inclusion consultant through Equitable Solutions Consulting.

Committed to service, Laurelle has always been actively involved in her community. She has volunteered for several non-profit organizations national and local, including as an adult literacy tutor, a counsellor in women’s health, with the Law Society of Manitoba, the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law, and the Legal Help Centre. In 2019, she was named an Honourary Lifetime Member by Women’s Health Clinic in recognition of her contributions to the Clinic, having served on the Board of Directors for more than ten years, including two years as Chair. Laurelle currently serves as Chair of the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Issues Section, is a director with the Manitoba Law Foundation, and sits on the Legal Aid Manitoba Advisory Committee.

Families and individuals come in all forms, and Laurelle is dedicated to providing inclusive services with expertise, common sense and compassion.

Selected Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Manitoba, 1994
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Manitoba, 2001
  • Certificate in Family Mediation, York University, 2019
  • National Family Arbitration Course, 2021

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Manitoba
  • Manitoba Bar Association
  • Family Mediation and Arbitration Legal Institute
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators