Our Legal Team

When you retain our firm, you are retaining a team of experienced legal professionals with varied and extensive experience in law. We are committed to delivering high quality and affordable legal services to our clients.

We use a team approach to protect your interests and your wallet.

Michelle Laham Szutiak

Lawyer & Notary Public

Michelle was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1999 and has practiced extensively in the areas of family and civil litigation, wills& estates, and real estate. She has practiced at both small and large-size law firms, acted as a staff family lawyer for Legal Aid Manitoba, and was a founding partner at a local wills and estates law firm. By September 2014, Michelle was determined to “do law differently” and established The People’s Corner Law Office.

Michelle’s varied and diverse litigation experience has instilled a commitment to efficient and effective advocacy, strong leadership for clients during difficult emotional times, and an appreciation for the enduring nature of family relationships. She has extensive experience in family law - and knows how to steer effectively through divorce, separation, child and spousal support, custody, guardianship, and child protection issues that range from amicably-negotiated settlements to hotly contested motions and trials. She also has experience in civil and estates matters, including applying for probate, appointing /removing executors, challenging wills and pursuing breach of trust by attorneys/ trustees. She has appeared in the Manitoba Court of Appeal several times.

Michelle also has considerable experience outside of law. She has been a certified fitness leader for more than 25 years and in that capacity has also worked closely with the public, including special populations, to educate and assist in achieving health and wellness goals. She has extensive experience in business, management, and customer service, policy development, and human resource management. She has also worked as Project Manager for the Government of Canada. She is an accomplished presenter, and has presented publicly, private stakeholders, as well as for the Law Society of Manitoba.

In May 2017, Michelle launched “The People’s Corner Legal Options” a legal education and training company geared to providing reliable and affordable legal information to public, including self-represented parties.

Michelle loves travel, water, summer, dogs, and wine, and is a big fan of everything Canadian!


Heather Ann Dixon

Lawyer & Notary Public
Counsel to the Firm

Heather took her law training at Robson Hall, University of Manitoba, because her eldest son, who graduated from Law before her, said he thought she would like it. She wanted to practice Civil Litigation- and did so for several years. However, as a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Heather found her true passion in Elder Law (issues that effect seniors, their families and caregivers) and a robust Wills and Estates practice.

Throughout her career, Heather has lectured to various community groups and organizations on the importance of being prepared for the “golden years”. In the past year or so she has addressed the RCMP Veterans' Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Armed Forces, (both new recruits and those newly stationed in Manitoba), University of Manitoba Law School students on Elder Law issues, several seniors groups and on behalf of the Alzheimer Society (several times a year) to families, caregivers and individuals newly diagnosed with the disease or related dementias and their legal rights.

In addition to the above, she has made presentations and lectures to the Long Term and Continuing Care Association in Manitoba, to Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers, Caregivers, several Regional Health Authorities and various Personal Care Home staff. In addition, she has presented seminars on behalf of the Manitoba Bar, the Canadian Bar Association and The Law Society of Manitoba. She has served on the Manitoba Bar Association Council, The Community Legal Education Association board, the board of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba for 10 years, the board of Alzheimer Canada for 6 years in addition to other organizations. She received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for her work with the Alzheimer Society.

As counsel to The People’s Corner Law Office, she has the best of all worlds- she gets to take on the files she most enjoys doing while being “semi-retired”. She can share her expertise with the lawyers at the firm and others when needed and can take extended holidays. She volunteers at the Legal Help Centre, supervising young student lawyers and can truly say, she loves her work.


Ariadna Dlugosh

Lawyer & Notary Public

Ariadna joined The People’s Corner Law Office as an articling student in September 2015 and received Call to the Bar in September 2016.

Ariadna practices primarily in the area of family law and child protection law, and provides clients with advice on a wide range of matters including divorce, separation, custody, child support, spousal support, division of family property, separation agreements, and guardianship. She also practices in the areas of civil litigation, wills and estates and real estate transactions. Ariana has appeared before the Court of Queen's Bench and the Court of Appeal in Manitoba

Prior to attending law school, Ariadna attended the University of Manitoba where she studied Business and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), with a major in Human Resource Management.

While attending law school, Ariadna volunteered at the Legal Help Centre with Pro Bono Students Canada as well as at the University Law Centre (Legal Aid Clinic). In her final year of law school, Ariadna was a member of the Class of 2015 Graduation Committee.

Ariadna is fluently bilingual in both English and Ukrainian, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Ukrainian Youth Association – Winnipeg Branch. She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Manitoba Bar Association and the Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association.

Ariadna was born and raised in Winnipeg. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.


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