Joel has been practising immigration law for over 35 years, and he is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Immigration and Citizenship Law. Prior to joining the firm he was a founding partner of a boutique immigration law firm in Toronto. According to the “International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers,” the official research partner of the International Bar Association, Joel has been named “the leading lawyer in Canada for corporate immigration matters” and is on its international list of “most highly regarded individuals.” He is also listed in the “Lexpert Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada” and the “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals” and Best Lawyers in Canada.
Joel advises his clients on immigration issues related to conducting business across international borders. His clients include senior executives and individuals, as well as institutions and large multinational organizations. He advises on various matters including North American free trade, treaty investors and treaty traders, and other issues related to worldwide skilled worker immigration.
Joel lectures and participates in numerous seminars, panels and symposiums on both Canadian and U.S. immigration law. He has been a panelist, lecturer and moderator on immigration law topics for numerous organizations including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association and many others.
LL.B., Osgoode Law School, 1975
B.A., University of Manitoba, 1972
Barrister and Solicitor, Ontario
Attorney at Law, Massachusetts
Member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association
Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member of the American Bar Association
Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Immigration and Citizenship Law, 1992
Past Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Immigration and Citizenship Section
Past Chair and Founding member, Canada Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
Chapter Author: “NAFTA and Canadian Border Issues”, Business Immigration Law – Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals, Law Journal Press, 2013
Frequent media contributor and author on both Canadian and U.S. immigration topics
Speaker and panel moderator on immigration topics in both Canada and USA