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. She completed her Master of Law Degree in Administrative Law at Osgoode Hall in 2001. Ms. Lewis has been Managing Partner at Lewis & Associates since 1991. She has almost three decades 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. At the beginning of 2019 Ms. Lewis opened the Family Law division of Lewis & Associates, returning to the starting roots of her law career. Ms. Lewis registered as Foreign Legal Consultant at the Istanbul Bar Association in March 2020. That same month Ms. Lewis was awarded the Law Society of Ontario’s Laura Legge Award, which recognizes women lawyers who exemplify leadership within the profession.
Jordan Duviner, Lawyer
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 practicing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Linda Kassim joined Lewis & Associates in February 2020, after articling at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019.
Having a strong interest in helping people, Linda pursued her education and graduated from York University with an Honours B.A. with a double major in International Development Studies and Sociology. Linda continued her education at Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated in June 2018. During her study at Osgoode, Linda participated in Immigration Intensive Program at Parkdale Legal clinic, where she assisted clients with variety of citizenship and immigration law matters including temporary work permits and study permits, permanent residence and citizenship applications. Linda also worked as Research Assistant for Professor Sean Rehaag conducting legal research on Immigration Law and International human rights.
Yasamin Rohshan, Immigration & Refugee Case Worker
Ms. Rohshan received her Bachelor in Law from Germany in 1997. She obtained her Paralegal Diplomas from Vancouver and Toronto. She received her Masters of Law from York University in 2016.Since 2007 Ms. Roshan has been working with various law firms in the areas of Immigration and Refugee Law, Family Law, Civil Law as well as Criminal Law.Ms. Roshan is passionate about uncovering the truth for her clients through her extensive expertise in legal research.
Tugrul came to Canada as an international student to pursue his dream of higher education. He graduated from York University with a degree in Psychology. He acquired certificates in the field of Psychological First Aid and Epidemiology from John Hopkins University and North Carolina University respectively.
Right after school, Tugrul worked at a medical clinic in Toronto as a clinical assistant where he engaged with patients who developed and sustained biopsychosocial hardships mainly due to motor vehicle accidents. In 2018, he started working for an immigration law firm up-town and developed a firm understanding of the various immigration processes. In March 2020, Tugrul joined Lewis and Associates as an experienced immigration law clerk.
Tugrul is very much interested in social sciences and information & technology. By August 2020, he is expected to acquire the CS50 computer science certificate from Harvard University.
Furthermore, he has always been passionate about music and sports. He plays classic, electric, bass guitar, and piano. He played guitar for a local band in Toronto in university. He also loves playing soccer and training Muay Thai.
Soo-Jin is a lawyer licensed to practise law in Ontario. Soo-Jin graduated with civil law (B.C.L.) and common law (LL.B) degrees from McGill, Faculty of Law. She completed her articles of clerkship at the Law Society of Ontario. In law school, she was part of an international law journal, volunteered at a legal information clinic and played keyboard in a musical group at McGill Law’s annual talent show. She grew up in Toronto and studied English Literature during her undergraduate studies in Michigan, United States. Before starting law school, Soo-Jin spent some time working in public schools with middle and high school students as an English Language Assistant in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France.
Thilakarani Karuppannan (Tutu)
Administrative Assistant and Interpreter
Tutu was born and raised in Sri Lanka, it’s a small beautiful island situated in the middle of the Indian ocean also called the pearl of the Indian ocean.
She received her degree from Eastern University in Sri Lanka in 1996 and she majored in Bachelor of Arts, Economics.
She has honor in “English for Communication”, which was conducted by the Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka, on behalf of the University of Warwick, Coventry, England.
She is an outstanding Assistant with over 20 years of experience in coordinating office management in Tea plantation and Political sectors. Tutu joined our firm in October 2019 and has continued to work with us as an Interpreter for refugees from Sri Lanka and India.
She has trilingual Communication skills in English, Sinhala and Tamil.
Begum Merve Ertugrul, Case Worker
Begum is a case worker and joined Lewis & Associates in January of 2020. She is an internationally trained lawyer and she obtained an LL.B in 2005 from Marmara University Faculty of Law, in Turkey. She graduated from Immigration Consultant Diploma program in Toronto in 2019 to specialize her carrier further on Immigration law.
Prior to joining Lewis & Associates, she served as a lawyer and trade mark attorney in Turkey with more than 10 years of experience and represented several big companies in Turkey. She practiced Trade mark law, banking law, insurance law, corporate law and public-private partnership. Also she is writing a column for a Canadian-Turkish newspaper and works as volunteer to provide support for women in need in her community.
She speaks English and Turkish.
Muhammad Saleem Shahzad, Solution Architect
Being an experienced Solution Architect with 25+ years of professional experience, I have developed well-developed skills to design cost-effective business solutions by utilizing technical tools and technologies. I own expertise in evaluating client’s requirements for business applications, defining strategy and formulating strategic plans to achieve project objectives.
I am target-driven and technically focused individual with key skills in designing, implementing and supporting integration solution; my strong organizational and interpersonal skills to communicate with project teams including IT and operational architects to ensure solutions are profitable for company.
CORE STRENGTHS & ENABLING SKILLS
§ Governance, Compliance & Regulation
§ Evaluation & Business Risk
§ Infrastructure & Cloud Consultancy
§ Project Management & Auditing
§ Business & Disaster Continuity Plan
§ Customer & Vendor Management
§ Technical Reporting & Documentation
§ Team Leadership & Management
§ Communication & Presentation Skills
§ Integrity, Dependability, Reliability, Team Work, Self Motivated, Soft Skills
Monica Fouad is a lawyer at Lewis & Associates in Toronto. She practices in all areas of Canadian immigration and refugee law.
She previously obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from York University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019.
Monica is a passionate advocate who combines her interests in immigration and refugee law with a desire to provide her clients with personable and exceptional service. In her free time, she volunteers as an adjudicator at Matthew House, where she prepares refugee claimants for their upcoming hearings. She also volunteers for the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and assists private sponsors in completing their applications.
Monica is also able to serve clients in Arabic.
Zeeshan joined Lewis & Associates in July 2020 after working at busy Toronto boutique and mid-sized law firms as well as running his own private practice. He has acted for small businesses, investors, developers, mortgage lenders, condominium corporations, individuals, and families.
Zeeshan’s practice focuses on the following areas:
Real Estate Matters: advising clients on acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing across several sectors including cottage properties, commercial properties, single family residential properties, and multi-residential properties.
Corporate Matters: advising clients on corporate formation and key corporate governance matters, corporate acquisitions and dispositions, negotiation of commercial agreements and providing general support in respect of day to day matters.
Wills and Estates Matters: advising clients on the preparation of last wills and testaments, corporate wills, powers of attorney, obtaining probate, and administering estates.
Family Law Matters: advising clients on non-contentious separation agreements, applications for divorce, and opinions on foreign divorces.
Zeeshan has a keen interest in the business of law and is committed to keeping his clients up to date with the evolving state of the practice of law during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since he began practicing in 2015, Zeeshan has been a firm believer that the practice of law must adapt alongside tried and tested technological advances to make sure that his clients always receive the best and most efficient service. As such, Zeeshan follows the innovations of the legal tech community very closely, and you will often find him excitedly talking the ears off his supportive colleagues about the newest tools disrupting the legal market.
When not at the office, Zeeshan spends his time caring for his two sphynx cats and enjoying time with his wife and their families when the cats allow for it.
Seyfi Sun is one of the esteemed associates of Lewis & Associates. He was called to the Law Society of Ontario in 2020, having earned his Legum Magister degree from the University of Toronto in 2018 with high distinction.
Prior to his call, Seyfi was practicing at a boutique immigration law firm as an articling student. He also worked as a legal assistant at several immigration law firms in Toronto, assisting clients and lawyers with their applications and gained vast experience in immigration and refugee law in Canada.
Seyfi practices in all areas of Canadian Immigration Law, he provides assistance and advice to clients, both individual and corporate, with various aspects of immigration law such as temporary and permanent residence applications, citizenship, admissibility, sponsorship, and appeals of immigration applications. He mainly focuses on business immigration applications and provides consultation to investors who wish to immigrate to Canada.
Seyfi also has law practice experience in Turkey. After graduating from the law school in Istanbul, he completed his internship at the Istanbul Bakirkoy Courthouse. Simultaneously, he was working as an intern lawyer at a respectful law firm specialized in Corporate Law. He also has experience in Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law and accomplished many successful Debt Enforcement procedures in Turkey.
With his legal background in both Turkey and Canada, Seyfi helps many clients from Turkey and all around the world. He is passionate about corporate law practice in Canada and plans to help clients to improve their businesses after their immigration processes are done.
Aside from his professional career, Seyfi also mentors many students in Canada and Turkey who wish to become lawyers in the future. He also mentors lawyers from various countries who want to be accredited in Canada.