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Canada: Corporate Immigration 2016

In this section, we recognise 42 lawyers whose practices focus on assisting corporations with the immigration and naturalisation of skilled workers.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Michael Greene QC Sherritt Greene, Calgary
Gordon Maynard Maynard Kischer Stojicevic, Vancouver
Chantal Arsenault Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, Montreal
Mario Bellissimo Bellissimo Law Group, Toronto
Barbara Jo Caruso Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Toronto

Green and Spiegel Barristers and Solicitors has four lawyers mentioned. Evan Green is a “really excellent” partner who concentrates his practice on US immigration matters involving senior executives. He has notable expertise acting for sports teams. The “technically very good” Ravi Jain “has a broad range of knowledge about all corporate immigration matters” according to commentators. Also recommended is Stephen Green who is particularly adept at handling federal skilled worker applications and corporate employee transfers. He has over 25 years’ experience in the area. Mendel Green QC is highlighted by sources as an “amazing lawyer” who brings unparalleled experience in immigration law to his representations.

Also receiving four nominations is Guberman Garson Immigration Lawyers. National managing partner David Garson is an “exceptionally highly regarded” lawyer who assists a range of companies and senior executives in immigration matters. Joel Guberman has a similarly strong reputation for his practice, which features an emphasis on North American free trade and skilled worker immigration. The “superbly skilful” Lainie Appleby represents a broad range of clients including multi-national corporations and individuals, including senior executives. Heather Segal is noted as a “wonderful immigration attorney” by impressed sources. She chairs the firm’s US immigration group and focuses her practice on US and Canadian matters.

EY Law impresses this year, with four listings. Jonathan Leebosh is highlighted as a “superb strategist” who one source considers “the best corporate immigration lawyer in Vancouver”. His wide-ranging practice features notable experience assisting clients from Asia and Latin America. Craig Natsuhara brings over 15 years’ experience in immigration law to his well-regarded practice. He acts for corporations across a range of industries such as digital media, natural resources and entertainment. Roxanne Israel is an “outstanding” lawyer who primarily represents companies with respect to their immigration concerns including cross-border travel issues and programme management. Andrea Baldwin, who recently joined from Stewart McKelvey, is also recommended.

Gomberg Dalfen is another firm with a trio of recommended lawyers. Avi Gomberg is a “truly fantastic” immigration lawyer, according to sources. He focuses on representing professionals and senior executives moving to Canada. Commentators “only have great things to say about” founding partner Seth Dalfen, highlighting his “superb strategic skills” as a particular strength. Also standing out at the firm is the “amazing” Geneviève Hénault who frequently assists Canadian companies regarding immigration issues for employees in South America, Asia and Europe.

Corporate Immigration Law firm boasts two excellent lawyers. The “brilliant” Barbara Jo Caruso has a “lovely manner with clients” and is one of the most experienced lawyers in the area. Jean-Philippe Brunet is another highly regarded practitioner at the firm, with 20 years’ experience assisting clients with a spectrum of immigration matters.

At Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, Chantal Arsenault is “one of the very best” for immigration, with over 20 years’ experience assisting clients across industries such as manufacturing, entertainment and sports.

Michael Greene QC at Sherritt Greene is a widely renowned practitioner who is highlighted for his “very insightful” advice. He has practised immigration law for over 30 years.

Gordon Maynard of Maynard Kischer Stojicevic offers outstanding expertise in complex immigration matters with sources noting him as “scarily good on inadmissibility issues”.

Bellissimo Law Group’s Mario Bellissimo is described as “a foremost authority regarding immigration litigation in Canada”. He frequently appears before courts and immigration tribunals on complex cases.

Suzanne de Lint of KPMG Law “really impresses” sources who comment that she “is an expert at achieving results in a very friendly way”. Her practice is focused on assisting corporations with global migration issues.

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