Canada: Corporate Immigration 2018

In this chapter, we highlight 63 practitioners who excel in the corporate immigration field and stand out for their excellent work advising on the hiring and dismissal of foreign workers, admissibility issues and logistical issues for SMEs and multinational corporations.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jacqueline Bart BartLAW Canadian Immigration Barristers and Solicitors, Toronto
2. Avi Gomberg Gomberg Dalfen, Montreal
3. Joel Guberman Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Toronto
4. Barbara Jo Caruso Corporate Immigration Law Firm, Toronto
5. Chantal Arsenault Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Montreal
6. Gordon Maynard Maynard Kischer Stojicevic, Vancouver

EY Law sees six practitioners recognised in this chapter.
Jonathan Leebosh is highly experienced in the corporate immigration space and is well respected by sources. He is described as “an excellent lawyer” who “really knows his stuff”. 
Roxanne Israel focuses her work on providing high-quality immigration advice to corporate clients who benefit from her extensive experience in the field as well as her strategic know-how.
The “excellent” Andrea Baldwin is a well-known name in the space and is a go-to resource for corporate clients. She has extensive experience working on immigration matters and is recognised as highly knowledgeable in the sector.
Batia Stein is a standout corporate immigration practitioner who advises clients on an international scale and is known for her strong knowledge of the regulatory framework governing business immigration.
Craig Natsuhara impresses sources with his impressive experience in business immigration matters with a particular focus on foreign employee matters.
Jessica Marks is widely regarded as a first-rate corporate immigration practitioner who impresses with her strong knowledge and understanding of the field.

Green and Spiegel also performs well this year and sees five practitioners recognised here.
Ravi Jain is highlighted by peers for his outstanding corporate immigration practice where he demonstrates comprehensive understanding of the market. Sources describe him as an “excellent and very knowledgeable” practitioner.
Stephen Green has decades of experience in the field, advising and representing clients on a range of corporate immigration issues from employee transfers to work permits.  
Evan Green has built a highly developed corporate immigration law practice, where he is frequently engaged in advising clients on employee transfers, investor applications and work permits.
Tim Golden is a specialist in US corporate immigration policy and procedure, an area in which he is highly sought after by clients for his strong expertise.  
Shoshana Green has spent more than 20 years’ experience practising immigration law, and draws high praise for her exceptional work handling residence and sponsorship applications for clients. 

Gomberg Dalfen sees four practitioners listed here.
Avi Gomberg is a top-tier immigration practitioner who has advised clients in the space for over three decades. He is recognised as an expert in matters relating to the transfer of employees.
Seth Dalfen has significant experience in the field, where he represents clients in issues such as employment authorisation and permanent residence applications.
Geneviève Hénault is commended by peers who commend her “excellent work” in the corporate immigration space, where she maintains a practice devoted to advising clients on employee admission on a domestic and international basis.
Isabelle Owston focuses her practice on immigration matters, providing outstanding advice on issues that include temporary work permits, skilled professionals’ applications and provincial immigration programmes.

Corporate Immigration Law Firm also achieves four nominations.
Joel Guberman is a well-recognised figure in the Canadian market who comes highly recommended by peers for his “excellent work” advising clients on work permits, visas and skilled worker immigration matters.
Barbara Jo Caruso is commended by sources who note that she is “well versed, having spent a lot of time in the field” of corporate immigration law. They add she is “a fabulous, very knowledgeable and excellent lawyer”.

Garson receives three listings in this chapter.
The “excellent” David Garson has extensive experience advising clients on corporate immigration matters and he is considered a go-to name when it comes to cross-border employee transfers.
Randolph Hahn is highly regarded for his advisory work on matters relating to the movement of corporate employees and possesses impressive knowledge of procedural requirements.
Suzanne de Lint is commended for her extensive experience in the field as well as her first-class work assisting companies with their global immigration programmes.

Maynard Kischer Stojicevic has two practitioners listed this year.
The “very knowledgeable” Gordon Maynard is described by sources as being “a great-quality practitioner”. He is recognised as a highly experienced lawyer with significant expertise in the immigration field.
Managing partner Aleksandar Stojicevic is a well-established name in the Canadian market who stands out for his work advising companies and other institutions on corporate immigration matters.

KPMG receives two listings in this year’s guide.
Howard Greenberg is praised by peers as “a smart lawyer” who “really knows his stuff”, particularly when it comes to advising clients on issues relating to inbound employee movement.
Gabriela Ramo receives recognition as “a wonderful practitioner” who provides standout advice to clients on all matter of issues within the corporate immigration space.

Jacqueline Bart at BartLAW Canadian Immigration Barristers and Solicitors is one of the most prominent immigration lawyers in the country. She is renowned for her vast experience in the corporate immigration field and draws praise for her leading knowledge of the market.

Chantal Arsenault of Norton Rose Fulbright is described by sources as “a very competent and excellent lawyer”. She is commended for her extensive experience in the field as well as her ability to provide clients with in-depth advice in corporate immigration matters.

Julie Lessard at BCF is an experienced corporate immigration practitioner who impresses with her superb knowledge of the field and her commercially minded approach.

Glenn Matthews of Matthews – Global Immigration Law is widely regarded as an outstanding corporate immigration attorney, who boasts strong experience advising clients from around the world on Canadian immigration matters.

Blaney McMurtry’s Henry Chang is recognised as an outstanding practitioner in corporate immigration issues and wins praise for his particular expertise in US immigration matters.

Mario Bellissimo at Bellissimo Law Group is a standout advocate who is highly sought after by clients for his experience before a range of immigration tribunals including the Supreme Court of Canada. 

At Zaifman Immigration Lawyers, Kenneth Zaifman “absolutely knows his stuff” according to sources, who consider him a top name in the Canadian immigration market. 

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