Ian received his Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University in 2010 and his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall in 2018, where he was also the editor-and-chief and a regular columnist for the student newspaper, Obiter Dicta. He completed the Bar exams in June 2018 and was called to the Bar in June 2019.
Ian articled with a family lawyer but developed an interest in immigration and refugee law in law school and was ecstatic to join Lewis and Associates in July 2019. Working in family law, he helped many people (including immigrants and refugees) secure needed support for themselves and their children in the aftermath of often-brutal separations.
In his spare time, Ian plays hockey and softball, and is the bass player for local rock band, Starship Experience. He has volunteered for Lawyers Feed the Hungry and his local NDP candidate in the riding of York-South Weston. He has also dabbled in community theatre.
Gavin MacLean, Articling Student
Gavin joined Lewis and Associates as an articling student in July 2019 after completing his Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa in May 2019. Gavin also holds a Hons. BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MA from Western University.
As a first-year student, Gavin interned with a criminal lawyer in Ottawa. In each semester of his second year of law school, Gavin worked as part of the team at the Refugee/Criminal Law Clinic where he performed research for public interest groups who intervene at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. In between Gavin’s second and third year, he worked at a boutique immigration law firm.
In all three semesters of his third year, Gavin interned at Community Legal Services Ottawa in the Immigration and Refugee Law Division where he assisted with applications for leave and for judicial review, spousal sponsorships, refugee claims, and permanent residence applications.
As a third-year student, Gavin was awarded the Rita Marguerite Houle Prize and the Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP Prize. Both awards were given for highest standing in the Trial Advocacy course.
Brian completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University, where he also completed a semester of studies abroad at the ITESM in Mexico City. Brian obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and was called to the bar in 2013. Brian has practiced exclusively in immigration and refugee law since 2013.
Brian’s strength comes from having in-depth knowledge and voluminous experience in both immigration applications and litigating immigration matters. He has successfully represented numerous clients on their Express Entry permanent residence applications, spousal and parental sponsorships, study permits, visitor visas, temporary resident permits, criminal rehabilitation, PR card applications, H&C and PRRA applications, citizenship applications, and issues involving removal, enforcement, and inadmissibility. He also routinely appears before the Immigration and Refugee Board in relation to refugee claims, spousal or parental sponsorship appeals, PR residency obligation appeals, and detention review hearings; he also appears before the Federal Court of Canada in relation to judicial reviews of various immigration and refugee matters. In the previous year alone, Brian signed off on over 350 applications as the representing lawyer.
Outside of his work, Brian teaches immigration, refugee, and citizenship law at Humber College since 2017 and has volunteered at the 519 Legal Clinic.
Brian was born in South Korea and has lived in India, Calgary, Montreal, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and has now settled in Toronto. As a true global citizen, he fully understands the legal needs of the global migrating population and enthusiastically provides his legal services to clients of all backgrounds.
Brian speaks fluent English, Korean, and Spanish.
Debie studied Social Anthropology at York University and earned an Honours B.A degree. She continued her studies of Social Anthropology earning a M.A at Concordia University. She gained her legal training in 2015 at Osgoode Hall Law School. While there, she focused her education on Immigration and Refugee matters. She graduated in 2018 and was called to the Bar in 2019.
Alison Pridham earned a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia where she was actively involved with the Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic, volunteered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and received the Hon. Thomas A. Dohm QC Prize in Immigration Law. After articling at a criminal defence firm, her interests in human rights and access to justice led her to positions at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Community Legal Education Ontario. She then spent several years working in the field of workplace discrimination and harassment prevention, before returning to her original passion of immigration and refugee law. She joined Lewis & Associates in 2019 and has quickly gained experience with several stages of the refugee claim process. She also has experience with private refugee sponsorships through her involvement with the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program.
In her spare time, Alison enjoys being outdoors and reading to her children.
Ryan Prussky joined Lewis & Associates as an administrator in October 2019. He graduated from The University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts in 2017. Prior to his employment at the firm, he worked in the hospitality industry and as a multimedia editor. He proudly assists the lawyers and clients to ensure all matters are handled swiftly and efficiently