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Joel is the firm's founding partner and chair. He has been practising immigration law for over 30 years, and he is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law. 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."


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 is past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association, Immigration and Citizenship Section, and a past Chair of the Canada Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association – of which he was a founding member. 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 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.



  • Called to the Ontario Bar (1977)

  • Law Society of Upper Canada

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • Certified Specialist, Law Society of Upper Canada (since 1992)



  • LL.B., Osgoode Law School, 1975

  • B.A., University of Manitoba, 1972



  • Chapter Author: "NAFTA and Canadian Border Issues", Business Immigration Law – Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals, Law Journal Press, 2013
  • Moderator: "Canada/U.S. Cross Border Ethics Panel", Ontario Bar Association, October 2013
  • Speaker: "Canadian Immigration for York University Professors", York University Seminar, October 2012
  • Radio Interview with Robert E. "Bob" Bauman, JD: " Becoming a Canadian as a means towards ending U.S. citizenship", The Freedom Alliance, October 2012
  • Speaker: "Employment of Foreign Workers", The Canadian Institute, September 2012
  • Seminar Speaker: American Immigration Lawyers Association, Nashville, 
    June 2012
  • Author: "Canada-U.S. Border Problems", Law Times, May 2012
  • Speaker: "New Trends in Canadian Immigration and Employment Law", The Canadian High Commission in London, U.K., April 2012
  • Numerous papers and articles on both Canadian and U.S. immigration topics
  • Interviewed and quoted by CBC National News, Canada AM, TV Ontario and others concerning immigration-related matters