Commissioner Sheila M. MacPherson


Ms. MacPherson is partner and the most senior civil litigator at Lawson Lundell LLP in Yellowknife. 

She has been practicing law since 1988 and has experience at all levels of court throughout Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Some of her specific areas of expertise include administrative law, constitutional law and human rights law. She also has extensive litigation experience in child protection law, family law, adoption cases and cases involving same-sex rights. 

In addition to her legal work in the private sector, Ms. MacPherson serves as Law Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. In this role she is responsible for reviewing all legislation before the Assembly to ensure it is constitutional and for providing advice to the Speaker and Members of the Assembly.

She has served as counsel for the Government of the Northwest Territories on child protection cases and is currently responsible for the legal conduct of child protection matters in Nunavut. As such, she appears before the courts of both jurisdictions on these and other civil litigation matters on a regular basis.

Ms. MacPherson is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and a Council Member with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.  She is also a Fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada for her litigation in both family law and personal injury. She generously donates much of her personal time to various organizations in her community.