Patricia Wells Immigration Lawyers - specializing in Canadian immigration, refugee protection and citizenship.
 
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We are an Immigration and Refugee Law Firm with a reputation for           excellence and a strong commitment to social justice and equality. Our staff is multilingual and multicultural. We are able to serve you in English, Spanish and French and have interpreters available for other languages.

Patricia Wells
Barrister & Solicitor
Lawyer and Notary Public

With more than 30 years’ experience, Patricia Wells is the senior member of the firm.

Ms Wells is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. She founded the firm upon being called to the bar in 1984.  Since that time, she has dedicated herself to the practice of immigration and refugee law, serving the Spanish-speaking and other communities in Toronto, across Canada and overseas.

In addition to representing clients as their lawyer at all stages of their applications to immigrate to Canada or stay in Canada legally, Ms Wells has always been involved as well in community development activities, promoting access to justice for all, and training and mentoring younger students and lawyers.

For example, at various times Ms Wells has acted as supervising counsel in the student legal aid programme “CLASP” as a member of the faculty of Osgoode Hall Law School, she has served as President of the Board of Directors of NEW (“New Experiences for Refugee Women”), she was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Jane-Finch Community and Legal Services clinic in Toronto, and she has participated in many other committees and workshops for the purpose of sharing expertise in immigration and refugee law and combating violence and discrimination against women and minorities.

Ms Wells has been a frequent speaker at community events of interest to immigrants and refugees, as well as a regular guest on the Spanish-language community radio program “Los Vecinos” on Radio Voces Latinas where she answers immigration questions from callers, live on air.

Finally, Ms Wells and other volunteer lawyers regularly provide free legal advice to low-income people through various community centres in Toronto.

She is able to communicate with clients in English, Spanish and French.

Meera Budovitch
Barrister and Solicitor
Lawyer and Notary Public

Meera Budovitch joined the firm after her call to the Ontario Bar in 2012. She had previously served her articling period with Patricia Wells. Meera is able to communicate with clients in English and Spanish.

Meera Budovitch graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School where she obtained her Juris Doctor. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, she double majored in Equity Studies and Employment Relations and was awarded with the Baron De Douglas and Ada Crone scholarship for high academic achievement.

Meera has always been passionate about social justice and decided to pursue law in hopes that a legal education would provide her with the necessary knowledge and skills to help create positive change in the future. While attending law school, Meera became involved with the Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP) where she worked full time as a division leader in the Immigration and Refugee Law division. At CLASP, Meera had the opportunity to work on numerous Immigration and Refugee Law files and developed a strong passion for these areas of law. Additionally, Meera facilitated multiple public legal education seminars and visited several detention centres throughout Ontario where she advised detainees on their legal rights and answered questions regarding the Immigration and Refugee Law processes in Canada. In addition, Meera also volunteered at the Family Law Project where she helped unrepresented litigants successfully complete their court documents. Presently, Meera is studying Spanish in her spare time and is still highly active in social justice oriented workshops and seminars.

Ada Navas Juarez (on leave)
Law Clerk/Administrative Assistant

Ada joined the firm in November, 2011, after working as an Intake Worker at the York Hispanic Centre.

Ada was born and raised in El Salvador where she worked as a Nutritionist after obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador.  Since arriving in Canada, Ada has dedicated her time to assisting recent immigrants with their immigration and settlement concerns, guiding them to achieve success in their new life in this country.  Therefore, even before joining the firm, she gained experience working on various immigration applications such as Sponsorships, Work and Study Permits, Pre Removal Risk Assessment and Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications, as well as other Immigration and Refugee forms.

Ada is fluent in both English and Spanish and assists the firm with interpretation and translation of documents.  She is passionate about her work and is a valued member of the firm.

In her spare time, Ada enjoys appearing as an extra in movies, taking care of her fish, snowboarding, reading, and spending time with her family.

Daisy Sun
Articling Student

Daisy Sun is completing her articling term with the firm after obtaining her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in June of 2018. She was born and raised in China before she came to Canada at the age of 10. Daisy has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto where she specialized in Philosophy and Gender Studies. Informed by social justice theory and motivated by her own experiences, Daisy made the decision to attend law school in hopes that her role in the legal profession would help to bring about positive social change.

During law school, Daisy was a Caseworker for Parkdale Community Legal Services™ Immigration Division where she assisted clients with immigration files and helped to organize community advocacy efforts. She has since developed a strong interest in addressing the unique challenges that low-income migrants face in their day-to-day realities through the practice of law. Additionally, she worked in conjunction with Dr. Hilary Evans Cameron on researching and preparing guidelines that addressed for the first time the use of social science evidence in refugee hearings for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Daisy is fluent in English and Mandarin and enjoys rock climbing in her spare time.

Cecilia Cerna
Law Clerk / Administrator

Cecilia joined the firm in August 2018, after working as a Legal Assistance with an Immigration consultant.

Cecilia was born and raised in El Salvador, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas - UCA (El Salvador) and a MBA, specializing in Marketing, from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain).

Cecilia has over 10 years of experience in the airline industry and more than two years in the Immigration field, which allowed her to gain experience on various immigration applications such as Sponsorships, Visitor Visa, Study/Work Permits and Refugee forms.

Cecilia is fluent in both English and Spanish and intermediate level in French and assists the firm with interpretation and translation of documents.

In her spare time, Cecilia loves to cook, watch movies and run.

Cheryl Zavala
Receptionist / Legal Assistant

Cheryl joined the firm in August 2018, after working as an Assistant Administrator at a Long-Term Care facility.

Cheryl was born in Nicaragua and lived in Guatemala for a short period and then she immigrated to Canada. She has a College diploma and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology.

Cheryl is fluent in both English and Spanish and she enjoys cooking/baking, reading and watching movies.