Wendy Martin White
Wendy Martin White
Phone: (204) 949-7711
Fax: (204) 475-9675
Toll free: 1-866-949-7701
wmartinwhite@palaw.law

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Defence

  • Murder/Manslaughter
  • Impaired Driving
  • Drug Offences (Trafficking/Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking)
  • Aggravated Assault/Assault Cause Bodily Harm
  • Domestic Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Property Offences (Theft/Break Enter)

Child Protection

  • Child and Family Service cases

Workplace Investigations

ABOUT ME

  • Called to the Manitoba Bar, 2001
  • Called to the Saskatchewan Bar, 1995
  • Ontario Legislature Internship Program, Toronto, Ont., 1994
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Saskatchewan, 1993
  • Certificate in Applied Women’s Studies, University of Western Ontario, 1991
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Regina, 1989
  • Chair of the Lung Association of Manitoba (LAMB) Board of Directors, 2023-2024
    Board member, LAM, 2020-present
  • Past Chair, Chair, Vice Chair of Mediation Services (MS) Board of Directors, 2015-2018
    Board member, MS, 2014-2018
  • Chair and Vice Chair of IDEA Inc. Board of Directors, 2016-2019
  • Chair of the Gratitude Gala, 2016-2019
  • President of the Elizabeth Fry Society Board of Directors, 2007-2008
Law Society of Manitoba (LSM).

  • Appointed Member, Practice and Ethics Committee, 2020-present
  • Appointed Member, Discipline Committee, 2021-present

Legal Aid Manitoba (LAM).

  • Appointed Member, Advisory Committee, 2020-2022
  • Tariff Review Committee, 2009-2017

Canadian Bar Association (CBA)

  • Executive Member of the National Criminal Law and Child and Youth Law sections, 2020-present
  • Member of National Council, 2000-2001
  • Chair and Member of National Law Day Committee, 1996-2000

Manitoba Bar Association (MBA)

  • Elected Member of Council, 2021-2023, 2023-2025
  • Co-chair of the Criminal Law and Child and Youth Law sections, 2020-present
  • Member of Criminal Law section, 2018-present

Criminal Defence Lawyers Association (CDLAM)

  • Secretary, 2016-2017
  • Youth Representative, 2015-2016

Wendy Martin White, K.C. has practiced for more than 28 years, primarily as a criminal defence lawyer and is the recipient of the Manitoba Bar Association, 2020 Access to Justice Award and the 2022 Section Activity Award for Criminal Law. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Manitoba) in December 2022 for her contributions to her peers, to her community, to Manitoba and to Canada. On August 31, 2023, she was awarded the designation of King’s Counsel for the province of Manitoba.

She has extensive trial, appellate and administrative tribunal experience. Her practice in the last 10 years has focused on complex matters, including murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, drug trafficking and impaired cases, often advancing unique Charter applications or motions. She represents clients throughout all of Manitoba and collaborated with a northern First Nation on Terms of Reference for its Justice Committee that adopted as its long-term goal, a self-governing Cree Court and Cree based justice system. Her client base is diverse, often presenting with complex backgrounds and challenges, including mental health, psychiatric diagnoses, and neurodiverse and cognitive limitations. She has worked closely with the FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) youth court program and adult court pilot project. She has a particular passion for youth work.

She has lectured on a wide range of topics, including ineffective assistance of counsel, NCR (Not Criminally Responsible) findings and case studies, wrongful convictions, youth law and sexual assault law. She has supervised articling students and law students on Pro Bono Students Canada projects and facilitated the CPLED Bar Admission Course in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. She has lectured and presented to her colleagues, doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists and the community at large on access to justice issues for years.

She has served on numerous boards and committees in the community. She launched the Restorative Justice Lecture Series while on the Board of Directors for Mediation Services. Moderated by Free Press columnist Dan Lett, the series was designed to highlight the importance of restorative justice in resolving conflict in our communities. She spearheaded the Women’s Bail Verification and Supervision Program, now in well into its second decade. This program served as a model for a similar program developed for men through the John Howard Society and has assisted higher needs women secure bail for almost 2 decades.