Year of call: Quebec Bar, 1973

Paul Dionne has been representing Indian bands and tribal councils for over 30 years. His practice includes the negotiation of treaties, administrative agreements, specific claims and business contracts, as well as the defence of Indian rights before the courts. He has represented First Nations in various cases before all court level, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and several Indian groups before parliamentary committees.

Since 2006, Paul is regularly named one of the “best lawyers” practicing Aboriginal law in Canada by Best Lawyers in Canada. Prior to practicing Aboriginal law in a private legal practice, Paul Dionne was the Regional Director of Quebec’s Direction générale du Nouveau-Québec in Kuujjuaq during the transition period that followed the negotiation and execution of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (1974-1978). He later joined Quebec’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs (1980-1982) where he was instrumental in the creation and organization of Inuit municipalities in Nunavik.

Paul Dionne was president of the Compensation fund committee of the Quebec Bar for over ten years. He was also a founding member of the Quebec Bar Committee on indigenous peoples and the Law.

Paul Dionne taught aboriginal law at University of Quebec in Montreal, has written many articles on aboriginal rights and given several lectures on that topic.


  • LL.M, Public Law, University of Ottawa, 1986
  • LL.L, Law, University of Sherbrooke, 1971
  • Bachelor of Arts, Laval University, 1967

Associations and other professional and volunteer activities

  • Member of the Quebec Bar since 1973.
  • President of the Compensation fund committee of the Quebec Bar (1986 to 1992), and member of the Committee (2009 to 2011).
  • Member of the Quebec Bar Committee on Indigenous peoples and the Law (1993 to 1998).
  • Member of the “Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism” (1986 to 1994).


  • Named as one of the “Best Lawyers” practicing Aboriginal law in Canada by Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006
  • Paris Bar Award (1986) for Best Master Thesis at University of Ottawa Law School


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