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  1. Business immigration
  2. Leading lawyers
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading lawyers

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    • Janet Bomza - PwC Law LLP
    • Jean-Philippe Brunet - Corporate Immigration Law Firm
    • Barbara Jo Caruso - Corporate Immigration Law Firm
    • Seth Dalfen - Gomberg Dalfen S.E.N.C.
    • David Garson - Guberman Garson LLP
    • Avrom Gomberg - Gomberg Dalfen S.E.N.C.
    • Mendel Green QC - Green and Spiegel LLP
    • Stephen Green - Green and Spiegel LLP
    • Howard Greenberg - KPMG Law LLP
    • Michael Greene QC - Sherritt Greene
    • Gordon Maynard - Maynard Kischer Stojicevic

Next generation lawyers

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    • Julio Mena - DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
    • David Nachfolger - McCarthy Tétrault

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Toronto-based immigration firm Green and Spiegel LLP is well regarded for its expertise across all areas of business immigration law. The group, which specializes in handling cross-border issues between Canada and the US, is jointly headed by Evan Green and Stephen Green, both of whom advise clients on corporate employee transfers, general skilled worker applications, investor applications and other matters regarding the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. Founding partner Mendel Green QC is highly respected in the market.

Operating as part of the firm’s global business immigration practice, EY Law LLP’s Canadian and cross-border Nafta immigration group advises on a wide range of mandates, including policy and immigration program development. The team is led by Vancouver-based Jonathan Leebosh, whose experience includes handling permanent residence applications, work permits and customs issues.

Montreal-based boutique Gomberg Dalfen S.E.N.C. acts for foreign individuals and Canadian employers, with particular expertise in the transfer of senior executives to Canada. Co-founder Seth Dalfen’s experience includes handling permanent residency applications and temporary employment authorisation matters. Co-founder Avrom Gomberg’s client base includes multinational corporations and skilled foreigners.

Guberman Garson LLP advises on all areas of Canadian and US immigration law, including litigation. The firm was strengthened by the additions of Marina Sedai and Joshua Sohn to the firm’s new Vancouver office from Sedai Law Office. In Toronto, national managing partner David Garson has particular expertise acting for major IT clients. The firm also has an office in Calgary.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘excellent’ business immigration and international mobility department is ‘valued’ by a wide range of multinational clients, including start-ups and inbound companies from Europe and the US. ‘Very professional and trusted adviserYusra Siddiquee, based in Toronto, is now chair of the national group, while of counsel Chantal Arsenault heads the Montreal team. Jean-Philippe Brunet moved to Corporate Immigration Law Firm.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s ‘excellent’ and ‘timely’ team primarily handles matters concerning senior executives for clients in oil and gas, entertainment, financial services and IT, among others. The national group is headed by Calgary-based Brian Portas, who primarily acts for oil clients. The team includes Brian Dingle in Toronto, Darren McGuire in Montreal and Jeffrey Thomas in Vancouver.

Clients praise DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s ‘very thorough’ team for its ‘extremely high level of service’ and ability to ‘handle a broad range of cases’. The group is led by the ‘superb’ and ‘responsive’ Vancouver-based Brian Tsuji, who is ‘always on top of current issues’. In Montreal, associate Julio Mena is recommended. Work permit issues are a particular strength of the group.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’ department has significant experience advising multinational clients on inbound immigration issues regarding CEOs and senior executives. In Quebec, Gilda Villaran has particular expertise handling Nafta and regulatory issues regarding temporary work permits, including intra-company transfers. The national team is led by Ralph Nero in Toronto and also includes Katherine Pollock.

KPMG Law LLP’s practice assists clients with inbound issues concerning senior executives and professionals. From Toronto, Howard Greenberg leads both the Canada and US teams. The US team has experience handling work visas for high-volume clients.

Acting as part of the firm’s wider labour and employment department, McCarthy Tétrault’s corporate immigration team advises on all aspects of immigration law, including tax-related issues. Montreal-based practice head Stéphane Duval has particular expertise assisting clients with international mobility issues related to corporate restructurings and M&A, as well as labour shortages. Duval and associate David Nachfolger have been assisting Bangladeshi company Navana Group with establishing a presence in Canada. Duval jointly leads the group with Toronto-based of counsel Naseem Malik.

Corporate Immigration Law Firm handles all aspects of immigration law for corporate clients and skilled professionals, including entry to the US. It is led by founder Barbara Jo Caruso, whose client base includes retail, engineering and accounting firms. The firm was strengthened by the arrival of Jean-Philippe Brunet as senior counsel from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Maynard Kischer Stojicevic concentrates solely on immigration matters and has considerable experience acting for business visitors and inbound investors. Gordon Maynard handles mandates concerning temporary entry and permanent status issues, including the entry of workers under Nafta, General Agreement on Trade of Services and Labour Market Impact Assessment processes. Rudolf Kischer and Alex Stojicevic are also names to note.

With offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, PwC Law LLP acts for clients ranging from large multinationals to small businesses across a variety of industry sectors. Toronto-based national practice head Janet Bomza advises on all aspects of immigration law, including compliance and internal immigration policies. The Toronto team includes Melodie Molina and Larry Linton.

Sherritt Greene handles the full range of immigration matters, including study and work permits, citizenship, refugee claims and Federal Court applications. The Calgary-based firm is led by the well-regarded Michael Greene QC and Michael Sherritt, who has experience representing clients before immigration tribunals.

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