About Us

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Lewis & Associates serves clients from all over the world on a wide range of immigration matters and can help you determine your best options for successful immigration to Canada.
Canada is a refuge for survivors of persecution and people who need protection from the harm they will face in their homeland. Lewis & Associates specializes in Refugee Law and will handle your case from the first stage at the Immigration and Refugee Board Tribunal all the way through to Federal Court appeals.
Our experience and proven track record make us the perfect firm to handle all of your immigration needs.

Lewis & Associates was founded in 1991 by Jacqueline Lewis. With over 27 years of immigration experience, this boutique law firm predominantly practices Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law. The firm prides itself on the care and attention each client is personally served with.
Jacqueline Lewis opened the doors of Lewis & Associates in 1991 and has dedicated her practice to the field of Immigration and Refugee Law. While heading up a high volume Refugee Law practice, she has a proven history of successful appeal applications before the Federal Court, on Permanent Resident Applications based on  Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds (H&C), Pre-Removal Risk Applications (PRRA), and has represented more than 2000 clients appearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board. Ms. Lewis is one of the most experienced Refugee Lawyers in Canada.


Jacqueline Lewis

Ms. Lewis received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from York University in 1985. She completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Ontario in 1989 and continued on to Osgoode Hall, completing her Master of Law Degree in Administrative Law in 2001. Ms. Lewis has been the Managing Partner at Lewis & Associates since 1991. She has 27 years of experience representing refugees before the Refugee Protection Division and challenging negative decisions before the Federal Court of Canada. She has taught Immigration and Refugee Law at Carlton University and Western University. Her passion for Immigration and Refugee Law has lead her to build a strong and talented team of lawyers to represent Immigration and Refugee clients with complex and diverse needs, from all over the world.

Carla Sturdy

Carla Sturdy has dedicated her career to the practice of Refugee Law, having represented thousands of refugee claimants at their refugee hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board. 

Ms. Sturdy graduated from the University of Toronto in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.). She received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia in 1993.

Ms. Sturdy began her law practice at Lewis & Associates in 1996 and has been with the firm for 22 years. 

Ms. Sturdy is also experienced in a wide variety of immigration matters, including matters before the Immigration Appeal Division, Applications for Judicial Review in the Federal Court as well as Humanitarian and Compassionate and PRRA applications.


Jordana Rotman

Ms. Jordana Rotman graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008 and a double major in Sociology and Community Development. Jordana received her Juris Doctorate from Bond Univeristy in Australia in 2011. She articled at Boggs & Levin, a criminal defence law firm, from 2013 to 2014 and was called to the Bar in Ontario in June 2014. Jordana joined Lewis & Associates in January 2015 and currently practices exclusively in the area of Refugee Law. Her passion and primary focus is   representing Refugee Claimants before the Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.


Stephanie Fung, Lawyer

Ms. Stephanie K. Fung graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B.). She began her career in Immigration and Refugee Law at the Bureau d’Immigration du Quebec before articling at an Immigration Law Firm in Toronto. Since being called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario in 2015, she has represented clients at hearings before the Refugee Protection Division and has done appeals before the Refugee Appeal Division and Detention Review hearings before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Stephanie’s expertise in Refugee Law has quickly grown to include, Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) Applications and Applications for Leave and Judicial Review before the Federal Court of Canada. Stephanie is also an Immigration Lawyer and covers a wide range of immigration matters including Permanent Resident Applications based on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds (H&C), Sponsorship Applications, Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Applications and Work Permit Applications.

Jordan Duviner, Lawyer

Jordan Duviner

Mr. Jordan Duviner is an Associate at Lewis and Associates. He received his B.A. from University of Western Ontario and in 2014 moved to New York City where he studied at Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and earned his Juris Doctorate. After graduating from Law School in New York, Jordan passed both the New York State and New Jersey State Bar exams and was waived into the District of Columbia. He was sworn in to these Jurisdictions in 2017. Jordan articled at Lewis and Associates, passed his Ontario Bar exams in 2016 and was called to the bar in 2017.

Jordan has been practising exclusively in the field of Immigration, citizenship and refugee law, handling all types of matters. He is licensed in the United States and maintains a focus on US Immigration having advised clients on various US Immigration Applications. Jordan has done Appeal work for the Federal Court of Canada as well as the Refugee Appeal Division. He has regularly worked on Stay of Deportation Applications, Pre-Removal Risk Assessments, Permanent Residency Applications based on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds, Deferral of Removal requests and many other areas of Immigration and Refugee Law.


Anna Shabotynsky, Lawyer

Ms. Anna Shabotynsky joined Lewis & Associates as an articling student in 2016, after an intense and diverse period of international study and work experience. Anna obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom in 2011 and studied Civil Law and European Union Law at the University of Strasbourg in France. She obtained her Master of Law Degree with a concentration in Immigration Law, at the University of Toronto, in 2014.

During her undergrad at McGill University in Montreal where she studied Political Science, Anna developed an interest and concern for human trafficking. She was very active in education and initiatives and led a project for orphans in the Ukraine, teaching them how to stay safe from the danger of human trafficking agents while looking for work abroad. In 2008, she interned at an NGO in Washington DC that focused on anti-human trafficking.

Working with the Federal Government at home and in the UK, Anna’s experience extended from processing immigration visas and applications at the Canadian High Commission in London, UK, to assisting in the Ministerial Intervention of refugee claims at the Reviews and Interventions Unit in Toronto.

With her commitment to making the lives of people better, it is not a surprise that Anna was invited to join a small team of IRCC staff who had the special opportunity to welcome and clothe over 10,000 Syrian refugees at Pearson International Airport. She was also invited to share her unique experience and success with Roma refugee cases in an interview when she gained the attention of the CBC in February 2018: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/roma-refugee-claims-1.4520851.

Anna has recently been drawing on her experience in the human trafficking area and has taken on a number of refugee cases that concern human trafficking and exploitation.

Anna speaks Ukrainian and French fluently and has good working knowledge of Russian and Spanish.

Peter Neill, Lawyer

Mr. Neill joined Lewis & Associates in August 2017 bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in Immigration and Refugee work. Born in Scotland, he did his MA in History at Glasgow University and graduated in 2006. He carried on doing his LLB at Glasgow University graduating with Distinction in 2011.

Peter has a keen interest in sports and played American Football for Glasgow University and has played Rugby on three continents.

Prior to joining Lewis Peter had his own law practice where he specialised in Immigration and Refugee work. He also has expertise in Spousal and Family Sponsorships and articled at a busy litigation office.

Peter is a gifted advocate who passionately represents Refugees at the Immigration and Refugee Board an average of four times week. He also is experienced in Appeal work at the Refugee Appeal Division of the IRB and at the Federal Court. Peter’s expertise extends to Pre-Removal Risk Assessments and Applications for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds.

Peter has worked with Refugee clients from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America.

Phillip J.L. Trotter, Lawyer

Phil Trotter practices law with the intention to be of service to people. He does so by carefully listening, advising, and advocating for them with their best interests in mind.

Phil has extensive experience in refugee law matters, and his refugee law practice is now merged with Lewis & Associates.  He also has an independent law practice for areas outside of refugee law.  Phil’s law practice also includes civil litigation, with an emphasis on conflict resolution in the mutual interests of all parties.  He also has experience advising and helping businesses and charitable organizations set up and operate.

Phil represents people in various areas of law and has advocated on their behalf at administrative tribunals such as the Immigration and Refugee Board, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Phil has advocated for people from many parts of the world, representing refugees successfully at the Immigration and Refugee Board and Federal Court.

Phil was born in Montreal and raised in Chateauguay, Quebec. As a young man living in Montreal, Phil gained life experience working in various jobs and as a recording and performing musician. Phil decided to engage in further education and went to University as a mature student where he studied history, sociology, economics, political science, and law at McGill University. After completing his law degree, he moved to Toronto, where he began working as a lawyer. Phil developed legal expertise working with other lawyers and decided to open his own law office in July 2010. He is also actively involved in community matters, offering pro-bono services to individuals and organizations such as the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, and serving as Chair of the Board for the South Etobicoke Community Legal Services clinic.  Phil recently ran in the provincial election, seeking to become the NDP MPP for Etobicoke Lakeshore.  Phil sincerely likes people and is glad when he can be of beneficial service to them.

John Gravel, Lawyer

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Alexander Erheim, Lawyer

Alexander Erheim completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, followed by law education at the University of Ottawa. He articled at the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, at the Crown’s Civil Litigation Office. There he worked with a team on large scale litigation concerning physically and mentally disabled persons who resided at government residential hospitals. Following which, he completed a year placement at the Ministry of Community and Social Services, wherein he completed post-settlement work for the above settled lawsuits. Alexander then worked for two years at a law chambers, with a senior lawyer, in the areas of international business, corporate and immigration law. This work experience inspired him to join the law firm of Lewis & Associates in order to work exclusively in the field of immigration and refugee law.

Alexander is passionate about assisting foreign residents in effectively navigating the various economic immigration programs available to them. Alexander is also passionate about assisting refugee claimants in establishing a new home in Canada. He is fluent in speaking Arabic, is a Board Member of the Toronto-based NPO the Professional Canadian Arab Network and enjoys volunteering at community social causes like food banks.

Vanessa Leigh, Lawyer

Vanessa Leigh joined Lewis & Associates in June 2018 after articling at an immigration law firm. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018.

Vanessa graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2017. While in law school, Vanessa developed an interest in immigration and refugee law by working for Lifeline Syria and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program. In addition, Vanessa served as a caseworker at Parkdale Community Legal Services in the Immigration Division. Vanessa also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

Vanessa speaks English and Spanish.

Ildiko Moldovan, Interpreter

Ms. Ildiko Moldovan joined Lewis &Associates as an interpreter in May of 2017. Her previous work includes four years at the law office of Davis & Grice and two years at the Parkdale Intercultural Association as a Settlement Worker. Ms. Moldovan also worked at 911 Interpretation Services translating Romanian and Hungarian in person and on conference calls with Toronto Public Health Services and the Children’s Aid Society. While much of her focus is on Hungarian refugees of Roma ethnicity, she also works with Romanian and Hungarian clients.

Ms. Moldovan graduated from Evergreen College in 2012 as a Social Worker. She brings tremendous enthusiasm and commitment to her clients in their refugee and immigration matters; her passion for settlement work comes from her own experience immigrating to Canada.  Her clients count on her support at many stages of their immigration and refugee matters including appointments with: the CBSA, Panel Physician’s Office, Medical Assessments and Detentions, coordination with lawyers and translation of legal documents.  Ms. Moldovan is an integral member of the Lewis & Associates team and enjoys working closely with and learning from her lawyer and paralegal colleagues as they represent their clients with a wealth of knowledge and a high level of professionalism.

Nikoletta Arghandewal, Immigration Consultant, Interpreter

Nicole was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1975 from a Hungarian Mother and British Father.  Her career as an interpreter/translator began in 1994. She provided translations and interpretation to various authorities, including the Hungarian National Police. She provided translations for the Immigration and Citizenship Bureau of Hungary (BAH) for Afghan and Turkish-Kurdish asylum seekers.

Nicole has a Higher Education certificate in Social Work. In Hungary she volunteered with Malteser Charity providing help and support for Roma families living in deep poverty.

In 2004 She moved to Ashford, Kent, England which she calls her hometown. Her interpreter career continued in the UK where she provided Hungarian translation for many new comer Hungarians.

Along with Hungarian, Nicole also speaks Turkish and provided interpretation services to the UK Border Service Agency and various hospitals in the South Kent region. She witnessed numerous immigration arrests and removals of Turkish-Kurds and separation of parents from their British born children.  As a result, Nicole decided to study Immigration Law to help these families preventing their removals.

From 2006-2009 she studied Law and Social work at Open University College of Law, Canterbury campus. She paused her studies when her family moved to Toronto, Canada in 2009.

In Toronto, Nicole continued to work as an interpreter/translator in Hungarian and Turkish for various Immigration Law Firms from 2010-2017.

From 2010 Nicole has been providing volunteer interpretation/translation services to the Toronto Police, CBSA and various hospitals in emergency situations including surgeries. She has also been volunteering with the Canadian Council for victims of Torture.

In 2011 Nicole received a Toronto Police Community Award for “lifesaving and outstanding contribution for the community”. She provided interpretation to the Toronto Police and the Toronto Fire Department, at 105 West Lodge Ave, during the evacuation of residents including hundreds of Hungarian Roma in a state emergency (fire).

Nicole continued her education in Canada. In February 2016 she graduated from Police Science and Law Enforcement with “highest honours” (College Diploma at ICS College), and in July 2016 she graduated as an Immigration Consultant at Herzing College.

Nicole joined Lewis and Associates in April 2017. She has been working on Hungarian Roma refugee cases, Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) applications and Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) applications. She was also an integral part of successful Deferral of Removal cases for our clients.

https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2017/05/23/couples-split-by-asylum-outcomes-face-separation.html https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/roma-refugee-claims-1.4520851

Nicole speaks Hungarian and Turkish. Her specialties are Afghan and Middle-Eastern refugee claims, Hungarian Roma and Roma refugee claimants from other EU countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Moldavia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine etc.)

Using her social worker skills and experience with torture and trauma survivors, Nicole is part of our special team along with Anna Shabotynsky, who provide full support and special assistance to victims of human trafficking and domestic abuse.

As an Immigration Consultant along with refugee matters she has been working on various immigration applications, such as spousal sponsorships, protected person applications, express entry and Labour Market Impact Analysis (LMIA) applications from many countries.

She is happily married to an Afghan refugee claimant and in her free time she loves cooking and spending time with her family.

Beatrix Olah, Interpreter

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Linda Qian, Interpreter

Ms. Linda Qian graduated from the business program at the University of Shanghai. She ran her own successful global import/export business in China before immigrating to Canada.

In Canada Linda has worked as an interpreter for over two decades. She speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and the Shanghai dialect.

Linda has specialised in Immigration and Refugee cases assisting clients at Landing and CBSA interviews. She has also worked for social services and in Family Law.

Emma Kotzer, Articling Student

Emma joined Lewis & Associates as an articling student in November 2017 after graduating with an LL.B. from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the firm, Emma was active in the field of refugee protection and immigration legal services in Toronto through her volunteer work at a community legal aid clinic and at a local refugee centre.

Emma has worked on cases before the Federal Court, the Refugee Appeal Division, the Refugee Protection Division and the Immigration Division. She also has experience working on applications for permanent residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, sponsorship applications, and Pre-Removal Risk Assessments.

Farah Issah, Articling Student

Farah Issa is an articling student at Lewis and Associates. Farah completed an Honours Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, Farah worked at the Citizenship Branch of the Department of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, where he assessed citizenship applications and interviewed clients to determine if they met the requirements to become a citizen.

During law school, Farah began to develop a passion for immigration and refugee law. He worked at the Immigration Division of the Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, where he provided immigration services to low-income clients. He was also involved with the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Sponsorship Support Program, where he worked with counsel to provide pro bono legal services to individuals who wish to sponsor refugees from abroad.

During his spare time, Farah enjoys watching the news, exercising, and playing sports.

Farah is Fluent in Somali and has an intermediate knowledge of French.

Chloe Turner-Bloom, Articling Student

Chloe is an articling student at Lewis & Associates. She obtained an LL.B in 2016 from the University of Exeter, in the U.K. She previously studied philosophy and psychology at McGill University in Montreal. In law school, Chloe founded Women & Law Exeter, a group to discuss the challenges women face in the legal profession. She has previously worked at the Children’s Aid Society and a boutique family law firm. Chloe is committed to working in the public interest.

Josef Brown, Law Clerk

Originating from the island of Jamaica, raised in the United States and finally emigrating to Canada in 2010; Josef Brown has had personal experience with immigration his entire life.
After a successful internship as an Honor Roll student from Toronto’s Centennial College, Josef joined Lewis & Associates as a Law Clerk in 2012. Over the years Josef has worked diligently assisting our lawyers in hundreds of Immigration and Refugee cases as well as appeals to the Federal Court of Canada representing people from all corners of the globe.
Josef recently took his passion for helping immigrants and refugees a step further by graduating Humber College’s accredited immigration consultant course with honors.

Kristen Forsythe, Paralegal

Kristen Forsythe joined Lewis & Associates in January 2018 bringing her passion for contributing to people and for social justice. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and did her Post Graduate studies in the Paralegal Program at Centennial College, graduating with Honours, where she sits on the Program Advisory Committee. Kristen brings strong project management, advocacy and client care skills to the Lewis team, built through two decades of a successful interior design career. Her work at Lewis involves preparation of Refugee Appeal Division and Federal Court Records, Stay of Removal Motions, Applications for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds, (H&C), Pre-Removal Risk Assessment Applications, Reopening Refugee Protection Division claims, Federal Court Judicial Review Applications, Detention Review hearings a variety of Immigration matters  and Client Intake.

Larry Lewis, Accounting

Larry Lewis joined Lewis & Associates as the Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and spent his career as a Chief Procurement Officer and General Manager of a large manufacturing company.

Judy Bergman, Office Manager

Judy Bergman recently joined Lewis & Associates as the firm’s Administrator. Judy brings over 20 years of administrative and advertising/marketing experience.

Pauline Levesque, Administrator

Ms. Pauline Levesque joined Lewis & Associates in December 2017 and is an integral part of the team at the centre of the hub. Pauline loves taking on new ideas and works best in an environment of positive change as well as routine processes. “There is something to be said to keeping yourself open to whatever comes your way!” The thriving fast-paced environment at Lewis & Associates, embedded in the structure and stability of the law is a perfect place for Pauline.
“This need to stretch myself and take on new adventures is a part of my work history. Taking on new work and personal challenges gives me a great sense of accomplishment. When I decided to go back to school back in 2001 to get a certificate in Computer Administrator, I felt a great sense of renewal and excitement when learning about hardware, software and networking. It was the beginning of a new road and now I am proficient and savvy with the latest technology and try to stay on top of trends. I have no idea what will come next and look forward to it!”


Lewis & Associates is here to help you come to Canada to pursue your dreams. You may want to visit, study or even become a citizen of this incredible country. We can help you. Our team offers you a wealth of experience and expertise. We are dedicated to your needs and work together tirelessly with you, translators, immigration consultants and third-party experts, towards the best possible outcome for your goals. When we take the quality of your life in our hands we regard it is a sacred responsibility – one of the many reasons choosing Lewis & Associates is a wise decision; you can depend on our team to be your team in Canada.

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