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  1. Business immigration
  2. Leading individuals
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Leading individuals

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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.
    • StĂ©phane Duval - McCarthy TĂ©trault
    • David Garson - Garson LLP
    • Avrom Gomberg - Gomberg Dalfen S.E.N.C.
    • Evan Green - Green and Spiegel LLP
    • Mendel Green QC - Green and Spiegel LLP
    • Stephen Green - Green and Spiegel LLP
    • Howard Greenberg - KPMG Canada
    • Michael Greene QC - Sherritt Greene
    • Jonathan Leebosh - EY Law LLP
    • Gordon Maynard - Maynard Kischer Stojicevic

Next generation lawyers

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    • Roxanne Israel - EY Law LLP

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Green and Spiegel LLP is widely regarded as ‘the most eminent immigration specialist in the country’ and continues to dominate the market. The firm fields a diverse practice, with particularly strong skill sets in immigration matters related to international IT companies, high-net-worth individuals, and the sports and entertainment industries. Founding partner Mendel Green QC and senior partners Evan Green and Stephen Green are all well-known figures in the market.

Corporate Immigration Law Firm has become a ‘force to be reckoned with’, with sources highlighting it as a ‘successful independent counterpart to the large accounting firms’. Certainly, it has invested heavily in bulking up its practice over recent years and in 2018, it welcomed two lawyers in Toronto from Guberman Garson LLP: Joel Guberman, co-founder of his former firm, and senior counsel Lainie Michelle. The boutique handles the full gamut of immigration matters, with Toronto's Barbara Jo Caruso and Montreal's Jean-Philippe Brunet both considered leaders in their field.

The Canadian arm of global network EY Law LLP has a broad national platform, which draws upon senior specialists in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. Vancouver-based Jonathan Leebosh heads the practice and is particularly well versed in cross-border NAFTA issues. In Calgary, Roxanne Israel is ‘extremely impressive’ and handles a mix of global immigration program management, policy development and risk management.

Toronto-headquartered Garson LLP’s national practice draws also on offices in Calgary and, since 2017, Vancouver. In addition, its association with Deloitte Conduit Law LLP enables it to plug into the latter’s global network. National managing partner David Garson has a broad immigration practice but is best known for his niche expertise in the IT sector. In 2018, former co-founding partner Joel Guberman left to join Corporate Immigration Law Firm.

Montreal-based boutique Gomberg Dalfen S.E.N.C. is highlighted as ‘the leading immigration firm in Quebec’. In particular, name partner Avrom Gomberg is a ‘go-to specialist for immigration law in Montreal’; he acts for a diverse portfolio of clients, including multinational corporations and skilled international citizens. Seth Dalfen jointly leads the practice and also handles a broad base of immigration matters, including temporary employment issues and permanent residence applications.

KPMG Canada fields a ‘sophisticated immigration practice’ under the leadership of national group head Howard Greenberg, who has strong expertise in inbound matters. The firm also houses a prominent US practice, which is well versed in processing work visas for high-volume clients.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s business immigration practice is led from Montreal by ‘communicative and strategic’ of counsel Chantal Arsenault, following the departure of former group chair Yusra Siddiquee to Littler Mendelson, P.C.. Among its recent matters, the firm advised a major online travel company on the management of immigration issues.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s immigration practice has a strong focus on corporate and entertainment clients, with notable expertise in the finance, construction, media, energy and IT spheres. Toronto-based national group head Brian Dingle, Calgary’s Brian Portas and Montreal-based maritime specialist Darren McGuire are the key contacts.

‘Responsive, knowledgeable and clear’, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s immigration team provides ‘superb results’. Led from Vancouver by the ‘very thorough and attentive’ Brian Tsuji, the group advises clients from a diverse range of industries on matters such as work and business visitor visas, provincial nominee program applications and investor visas.

FASKEN’s practice, which acts for a spread of clients from start-ups through to multinational corporations, handles a significant volume of temporary work permits. It also has strong experience in labour market impact assessments, permanent residence and Canadian citizenship issues, and bulk work permit applications. Toronto-based Ralph Nero heads a national group that also includes Gilda Villaran in Montreal.

At McCarthy Tétrault, Montreal-based national department head Stéphane Duval has a strong profile in the market for his advice to individuals, Canadian companies and major multinationals on immigration and international mobility issues. Areas of expertise include work permits, permanent residency matters and inadmissibility issues.

PwC Law LLP possesses a wide-ranging Canadian practice, which benefits from platforms in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Toronto-based Janet Bomza heads the national team and brings to bear a strong record in advising individuals, small businesses and professionals on domestic and global immigration law. In 2018, ‘very strong practitioner’ Nadine Landry joined the Montreal office from Lavery, de Billy.

Vancouver boutique Maynard Kischer Stojicevic has a comprehensive immigration and citizenship practice and its expertise encompasses work permits, investor programs, permanent residence and contentious matters. Gordon Maynard is widely regarded as a leading light. Alex Stojicevic and Rudolf Kischer are also recommended.

Calgary-based Sherritt Greene fields five lawyers exclusively dedicated to immigration law. The firm, in line with its local market, has strong experience in energy-related issues but it also acts for a significant number of clients in the education sector. Michael Greene QC is a well-known figure in the market and Michael Sherritt is also recommended.

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