Our Lawyers

Tony Kavanagh


tk1Tony has been a lawyer in Winnipeg for 22 years and practices mainly in the area of criminal defence law. Tony has represented people charged with all types of charges including high profile murder cases reported nationally (jury acquittal earlier this year) along with many drive impaired, drug, sexual assault and fraud cases. But no matter the charge, he prides himself on a client-centered approach and works hard on finding practical solutions to the person dealing with the pressure and stress of being prosecuted.

He has many years of experience in the criminal courts on both sides of the courtroom (he was a senior prosecutor for many years) so he can help you figure out the next steps from a wealth of experience and over a 1000 trials under his belt and appearances at every level of Manitoba court.

He will develop a multi-level strategy and tactical plan in handling your matter for trial. But even if you think you should plead guilty, you’ll need help dealing with the prosecutor and the Judge to achieve best results. Some people plead guilty without understanding the consequences and they can be very severe.

He also handles administrative and civil matters (particularly in the professional discipline area) and is an independent adjudicator. He teaches law students at both the Canadian Centre for Professional and Legal Education and at Robson Hall Law School (University of Manitoba).

Memberships / Associations:

  • Canadian Bar Association
    • former Chair – CBA Ethics and Professional Responsibilities Committee
    • former Director of the Board)
  • Manitoba Bar Association
    • former President and current Life Council Member
    • former Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Section
    • former Chair of the Constitutional and Human Rights Section)
  • Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba – former Vice President
  • Community Legal Education Association – former President
  • Law Society of Manitoba – several committees
  • Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Residential Tenancies Commission
  • Former President of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Manitoba Division) as it then was
  • Former Vice President of the Immigration and Community Organisation of Manitoba Inc (IRCOM) / and Honourary Counsel

Contact Tony Kavanagh for a free consultation at:
Cell: 204-232-4109 (or text)
Direct Phone: 204-515-0753
Firm: 204-515-3787
Fax: 204-515-3788
E-Mail: tony@kavawood.ca

James Wood


James Wood is an experienced criminal defence lawyer and has appeared in all levels of court in Manitoba (Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal).

James practice includes defending ALL types of criminal matters such as:
– impaired driving
– drug offences
– assault, sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, murder
– firearm and weapon related offences
– fraud and breach of trust offences
– break & enter, and related property crime offences
– highway traffic act offences

James also represents clients at the Licence Suspension Appeal Board, and has assisted clients appearing before professional administrative tribunals and discipline committees.

James brings a wealth of life experience to his practice as a criminal defence lawyer. He has over 10 years of experience working in the Criminal Justice System. He has worked as a youth justice worker, a correctional officer, and as an inmate education co-ordinator for Alberta Justice.

James was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Infantry and Armoured), and was also an instructor for the Canadian Firearms Safety Course for restricted and non-restricted firearms.

Memberships / Associations:
Canadian Bar Association
Manitoba Bar Association – Branch Council Member
Manitoba Bar Association – Criminal Justice Section (Co-Chair)
Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba (Interim Vice-President – Private Bar)
Community Legal Education Association
Law Society of Manitoba

Contact James Wood at:
Cell: 204-294-4340
Direct Phone: 204-515-4327
Firm: 204-515-3787
Fax: 204-515-3788
E-Mail: james@kavawood.ca

Serena Ehrmantraut









Associate Lawyer

Serena has her roots in Sagkeeng First Nation. After her first degree, she worked with at-risk-youth, conducted intake work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and also conducted research with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She served as President of the Manitoba Aboriginal Law Student’s Association and completed her law degree in Manitoba.

Serena brings a wealth of experience from her community and life to the practice of law.

Memberships / Associations:
Canadian Bar Association
Manitoba Bar Association
Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba
Community Legal Education Association
Law Society of Manitoba

Contact Serena at:
Direct Phone: 204-515-6462
Firm: 204-515-3787
Fax: 204-515-3788
E-Mail: serena@kavawood.ca

Laura Nagy

Associate Lawyer

Born and raised in Montreal, Laura moved to Winnipeg after completing her Quebec Civil Law degree at the University of Ottawa in 2014. The highlight of her legal education was her close collaboration with local organizations, carrying out an awareness campaign on human trafficking in Ottawa.  Upon moving to Winnipeg, she obtained her common law certification, challenging the requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation. While finishing law school, Laura confirmed her interest in criminal law by working as a legal assistant at Bueti Wasyliw Wiebe, where she later articled in 2017.  She volunteered at the Legal Help Centre and worked as a courtroom clerk for the Winnipeg Law Courts.  She received her call to the Bar in May 2018 and joined KAVAWOOD as an associate lawyer to continue practising in criminal defence.

Education & Call

  • Call to the Bar – May 2018
  • National Committee on Accreditation Certificate – 2017
  • Licentiate in Law, Civil Law (University of Ottawa) – 2014
  • Diplome d’études collégiales (Vanier College, Montreal) – 2010


Fluent and can provide legal assistance in French and English. Fluent in Hungarian.

Memberships and Associations

  • Criminal Defence Lawyers Association of Manitoba
  • Law Society of Manitoba
  • Community Legal Education Association – Manitoba
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Manitoba Bar Association

Outside of Law

Kickboxing, yoga, running, violin (since the age of 4)

Contact Laura at:

Direct: 204-515-6461

Main: 204-515-3787

Office Fax: 204-515-3788

Email: laura@kavawood.ca

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