A Northern-Based Legal Team for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut

Dragon Toner Law Office in Yellowknife offers a truly local presence for individuals and businesses in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Opened in 2010, the firm has seen rapid expansion in seven years from just two original partners to the addition of four associates and a student-at-law. With our 20 plus years of experience, we have built strong, long-term, local connections. The goal of our firm is to be a recognized regional law firm, serving individuals, businesses, governments, boards and tribunals. Our lawyers have experience that is directly relevant to Northern clients. In addition to our legal experience, we offer established reputations and relationships with lawyers, accountants, realtors, and other professionals. At Dragon Toner Law Office, we accept the opportunities and challenges of living and working in the North. We are here to support the legal needs of Northerners.

Leanne Dragon

Leanne Dragon*

Bachelor of Arts (French Language & Literature), University of Alberta (1994)
Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta (1997)
Licensed to practise in the NWT & Nunavut


Originally from Saskatchewan, I moved to Edmonton for my university years. Having spent three summers working in Yellowknife and newly married to a third generation Northerner, I made one of the best decisions of my life and moved to the Northwest Territories. Like so many others, what was originally just a one-year plan has since turned into almost twenty.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to article and then have a 12-year practice with Peterson, Stang & Malakoe, a firm which had a long and proud history in the North. Dragon Toner opened its doors in 2010 and is well on its way to creating its own Northern legacy. I am proud of the team we have assembled and the quality service that we provide to clients throughout the NWT and Nunavut. Throughout my legal career, my main focus has been in the areas of real estate and estate planning.

I have served on the Executive of the Law Society of the NWT and spent four years on the Board of the Yellowknife Playschool Association. My volunteer work has also extended to the Girl Guides of Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society. I am currently Chairperson of the Parents’ Advisory Committee at the local middle school.

I am grateful that my job has enabled me to work with and provide help to hundreds (if not thousands) of the great people of the North, both those who have always called this place home and those who, like me, have chosen to create their roots here. A Prairie girl no longer, I am a very proud Northerner, looking forward to many more years of serving clients and contributing to our community.

* Operating as Leanne Dragon Law Professional Corporation

Sheldon Toner

Sheldon Toner*

Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), McGill University (1992)
Bachelor of Laws, University of Victoria (1996)
Licensed to practise in the NWT & Nunavut


The North can offer exciting opportunities for any lawyer seeking adventure. I came to Yellowknife as a student-at-law, hoping to see interesting places and work on interesting cases. My expectations have been met and exceeded.

I started with Phillips and Wright, a small firm then situated on the 11th floor of the Precambrian Building in Yellowknife. There I received an initiation in family and criminal law, as well as civil litigation and administrative law. My former principal, Adrian Wright, continues to be a mentor. We are both current members of the Northwest Territories Human Rights Adjudication Panel.

In 2000, shortly after the division of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, I went to work for the Government of the Northwest Territories. This gave me experience in administrative law, including judicial reviews and grievance arbitrations. I witnessed land claim and self-government negotiations, and participated in the Joint Review Panel hearings for the Mackenzie Gas Project.

When I started Dragon Toner, along with Leanne Dragon in 2010, I believed the time was right for a new local firm. I have been encouraged by the steady growth our firm has experienced ever since. We have attracted excellent lawyers, so that we now have a fantastic team to deliver quality services in many areas.

I continue to enjoy the varied practice that has taken me across the North. In recent years, my practice has focused on workplace and human rights disputes, as well as Coroner’s inquests. I have been an advocate and an investigator, a mediator and an adjudicator. I am increasingly interested in applying interest-based and restorative approaches to dispute resolution.

* Operating as Sheldon Toner Law Professional Corporation

Caroline Wawzonek

Caroline Wawzonek

Bachelor of Arts (Law and Society), University of Calgary (2000)
Juris Doctor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2005)
Licensed to practise in the NWT & Nunavut

I love helping people and I enjoy solving problems so being a lawyer is a natural fit. 


My legal career started with Clayton Ruby and Marlys Edwardh in Toronto. I worked with Clayton to successfully challenge unconstitutional Ontario legislation. With Marlys, I was part of the team that successfully fought to overturn Steven Truscott’s notorious wrongful conviction for murder.

In 2007, my husband and I took an opportunity for a year of adventure in Yellowknife. Long summer nights of canoeing and the warm social scene through the winters soon had us hooked.

Ten years later we are raising our two children in Yellowknife and look forward to the opportunities the North has to offer them.

After five years running my own criminal defence practice in Yellowknife, I was excited to become part of a team and the collegial atmosphere of Dragon Toner was the perfect place to expand my practice to civil and administrative litigation.


I am a proud Yellowknifer and look for opportunities to be involved in my community. I am a board member of the YWCA NWT and past board member of the Yellowknife Montessori Society. I have served as the President of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and as Chair of different sections of the NWT Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. I am often called on as a media commentator and speaker on issues of public legal education. I am a contributor to Law Now Magazine.

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TRISHA PARADIS

Trisha Paradis

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), University of Saskatchewan (2001)
Bachelor of Laws, University of Saskatchewan (2004)
Licensed to practise in the NWT


The practice of law has always been my life goal, even before fully realizing what it was all about. After obtaining degrees in both Sociology and Law, I shelved my love of wheat fields and wide open spaces, said goodbye to the prairies and moved to Yellowknife in 2004 with the hopes of finding adventure.

Well over a decade later, I have spent most of my career specializing in family law and guiding family law clients through the complexities of the legal system. Family law is a challenging and emotional area to work in, but working with families towards successful co-parenting and separating with minimal conflict is rewarding in its own right.

I have also spent time as legal counsel within the Government of the Northwest Territories gaining experience working in administrative and labour law which expanded my practice areas and broadened my understanding of northern issues.

NORMAN BOOSE

Norman Boose

Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Business Administration), University of Windsor (2001)
Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor (2005)
Licensed to practise in the NWT & Nunavut


After spending my university years close to home in Southwestern Ontario, I was looking for some adventure and decided that the North would be a unique and challenging place to complete my articling term. I was lucky enough to secure an articling position with the Legal Services Board of Nunavut working at Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik Legal Services in Iqaluit, NU.

Following my year of articles, I remained with Legal Services for the first several years of my career, working as a criminal defence lawyer. This gave me the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the North and on occasion brought me through Yellowknife. Following four years with legal aid I spent a couple of years living back in Ontario but still traveling to Nunavut on occasion to work as defence counsel on court circuits across Nunavut.

Although I was living back in the South, I remained a Northerner at heart and it was not long before I found myself headed to Yellowknife to join the team at Dragon Toner. Joining the firm in the summer of 2015, my practice is focused on the areas of Labour and Employment Law and Administrative Law. Yellowknife has quickly become home as I have gotten to know both the city and its people and I am proud to say that after a couple of years in Yellowknife, my time in the North is just getting started.

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Amanda Thibodeau

Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Philosophy), University of New Brunswick (2004)

Bachelor of Laws, University of New Brunswick (2008)
Licensed to practise in NWT & New Brunswick


Growing up in New Brunswick, I never imagined my career would bring me to the North. I did, however, know from a very young age that I wanted to be a lawyer.


After completing my studies in 2008, I articled with a mid-sized firm in Fredericton, N.B., where I stayed on as an associate until 2015 and gained experience in all areas of general practice. During that time, a good friend of mine had moved to Yellowknife and sang its praises each time she returned home to visit. So, when I was looking for adventure and change, I accepted a position with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada as a prosecutor and moved to Yellowknife in October 2015. I remained employed with the PPSC until the spring of 2017, prosecuting criminal offences throughout the territory.

While doing circuit court work as a prosecutor, I had the opportunity to travel throughout the Northwest Territories, visiting many communities that I might otherwise not have had the good fortune to visit, which permitted me to see the impressive natural beauty that the NWT has to offer.

Although I enjoyed my time as a prosecutor, I am happy to return to private practice and look forward to serving clients as part of the Dragon Toner team.

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Since 2010, Dragon Toner Law Firm has served the legal needs of clients in Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

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