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.