Acquiring global talent with ease
Stéphane Duval is a partner and leader of the Immigration Law Practice at McCarthy Tétrault. He provides individuals, Canadian companies, and multinational corporations with a wide range of legal advice, in particular regarding strategic international mobility issues, in connection with corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, or to fill labour shortages. Stéphane assists his clients throughout the entire process of obtaining visas, work permits, permanent residency, and labour market opinions, as well as in the event of inadmissibility for security or health reasons. Stéphane serves as outgoing President of the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Section, and as outgoing President of the Québec Division. Stéphane is ranked Band 1 in Chambers Globe and Chambers Canada for Immigration.
Christopher McHardy is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Labour and Employment Group. He advises clients on a broad range of issues relating to immigration law. Christopher assists organizations and individuals with immigration matters and applications, particularly business visits, temporary resident permits, work permits, Provincial Nominee Program applications and permanent resident applications.
Julie Resetarits is a senior counsel with a practice, focusing exclusively on immigration law. Julie has gained over 20 years of experience in the field of professional mobility, work permits and global immigration. She advises primarily SMEs and multinational companies, based in Canada and internationally. Julie is also a strategic adviser to enterprises on all matters pertaining to immigration during mergers and acquisitions or any other major transaction. She also counsels individuals and their families through various stages of their establishment in Canada, either on a temporary or a permanent basis.
Robert Steinman is a counsel in our MT>iplus, division, focusing exclusively on immigration law.
After being called to the Quebec Bar in 2009, Robert focused on various aspects of commercial and banking law, including film and television finance transactions for productions across Canada, the United States and Europe.
He began his career in immigration law at a boutique business immigration law firm in Montreal, thereafter launching his own solo immigration practice, handling a variety of matters including work permits, permanent residence applications and citizenship matters. In managing his own practice, Robert became proficient in managing every aspect of an immigration matter and at advising clients on longer-term mobility strategies.
Robert joins McCarthy Tétrault after working at a large Montreal-based business law firm, spending a few years as a member of its full-service business immigration department, where he gained extensive expertise advising small, medium-sized and large corporations on a wide variety of immigration matters, from permanent residence matters to temporary immigration, particularly intracompany transfers and labour market impact assessment applications, among many others. He gained particular expertise in advising companies in the telecommunications and information technology fields.
His passion has become helping clients grow by assisting them in every facet of their global mobility strategies.
Marie-Ève is a paralegal on the Immigration Law team. She has a master’s degree in applied international law and international politics from Université de Sherbrooke and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Université Laval. Her multidisciplinary background has led her to work on a range of projects in Spain and Mexico. In addition to French and English, she is fluent in Spanish.
Amanda Sullivan is a paralegal in the Immigration Group at McCarthy Tétrault in Montreal. Working in the field of immigration law since 2015, she has extensive experience with assisting clients in all matters related to temporary and permanent residence applications towards admission to Canada. Amanda also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Florence is a paralegal with the MT˃iplus division. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University and a master’s degree in International Development: Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. She learned Arabic during her humanitarian stays in the Middle East and has worked in the legal field of Canadian immigration for over four years. She specializes in Permanent Residence and is now assisting mainly with work permit applications in Quebec and Canada.
Geneviève Desautels is a paralegal in immigration law. She holds a diploma in Paralegal Technology from Collège Ahuntsic. Her experience allows her to assist clients with preparing and filing applications for admission to Canada.
Ruth Jodoin is a paralegal with the Immigration Law Group in Montreal. Ruth assists lawyers in the preparation of applications for temporary residence. Her interest in joining the immigration law team comes from her extensive experience with Middle Eastern clients throughout her career in international tourism. She has a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in science and arts and she obtained her diploma as a paralegal which has led her to work for Montreal law firms as an assistant and paralegal. Ruth is fluent in Lebanese Arabic as well as Spanish.
Starting her career as a customs officer, before completing her law studies, Mélanie Houle has a wide-range of experiences in various aspects of immigration law, particularly international mobility of workers and business people. She provides individuals, Canadian companies, and multinational corporations with a wide range of legal advice, in particular regarding strategic international mobility issues related to corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and solving labour shortages. Melanie assists clients through the process of obtaining visas, work permits, permanent residency and labour market impact assessments, as well as in the event of inadmissibility.
Amy Dupuis-Sène’s practice is focused exclusively on immigration law, more specifically on the international mobility of workers and business people nationally and abroad. She offers comprehensive immigration services to individuals and Canadian and multinational companies with a wide range of immigration matters, including on Canadian and foreign work permit matters. Amy has also acquired litigation experience before the Court of Québec, the Superior Court as well as the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.
Cristina Rogov is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and holder of a Temporary Restrictive Permit issued by the Barreau du Québec. Following a Civil Law degree, a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Laws degree, she developed a practice focused on global mobility of workers and corporate immigration.
Being fluent in five languages, she advises on matters relating to corporate labor shortages, workers inadmissibility and general issues of international mobility. She also counsels individuals on permanent residence and citizenship issues.
An avid traveler and involved community member, her expertise is often sought in providing training to fellow immigration lawyers as well as insight on current legislative amendments in Canadian immigration law.
Heather Michelin is a senior counsel in our Immigration Group in Montreal. Her practice focuses exclusively on immigration law, pertaining primarily to U.S. immigration matters including U.S. cross-border travel, non-immigrant visas, immigrant visas, citizenship and naturalization, U.S. waivers, employment based immigration, family based immigration, compliance with immigration laws, and consular processing.
Julie Flambert is an immigration paraprofessional in the Labour and Employment Law Group in Montréal. Julie assists clients in the drafting and filing of temporary and permanent immigration to Canada applications, as well as citizenship applications. She also ensures file tracking with government authorities. Julie meets regularly with clients to assess their candidacy for immigration to Canada, especially in Québec. Using her litigation experience, she assists our lawyers in the preparation of cases before the Immigration Appeal Division and the Federal Court.
Dominike Courteau is a paralegal in immigration law. She has extensive experience with assisting clients with preparing and filing applications for admission to Canada (work permit, study permit, visitor visa).
Laura Courvoisier Daoust
Laura Courvoisier Daoust is a paralegal in the Immigration Group in Montréal. Laura specializes in permanent immigration to Canada and assists clients in the drafting and filing of applications for permanent residency and sponsorship. She assesses the chances of them being accepted and proposes the best way for them to successfully settle in Québec. She also ensures file tracking with government authorities. Before joining the firm, Laura worked for several years in France in the legal industry. Her experience in France and Canada led her to regularly advise French nationals wanting to move to Quebec. She has a law degree from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas in 2017.
Rovshan Hajiyev is a seasoned paraprofessional with over 20 years of experience in Canada and the United States. He assists clients with a wide range of Canadian immigration matters, including business immigration, express entry programs, temporary foreign workers, labour market impact assessments, Provincial Nominee Programs, students and visitors, family sponsorships, among others. Prior to his time with McCarthy Tétrault’s Labour and Employment Group, Rovshan spent 10 years as a manager of the Immigration Law Group, in Ottawa. In addition to English, he is also fluent in Russian and Azeri languages and has working knowledge of Turkish.
Lesley Ann Wright
Lesley Ann Wright possesses 20 years of experience in immigration law. As a senior paralegal, she assists our clients with admission into Canada (work permits, study permits, visitor’s visas, permanent residency, Canadian citizenship).
Julia Hervish is a US immigration paralegal at McCarthy Tétrault, assisting clients with both temporary and permanent relocation matters. She specializes in O, L and TN applications. Working in the field of immigration law since 2011, Julia has extensive experience in both US and Canadian immigration. Julia’s academic background in creative writing and foreign languages supports her interest in legal drafting, in particular, employer support letters and attorney briefs.
Ioulia Piteeva is a paralegal in immigration law. She has extensive experience with assisting clients in all matters related to temporary and permanent residence applications towards admission to Canada. In the addition to French and English, she is also fluent in Russian.
Shefali Tanna is an associate in our Immigration Group in Toronto. Her practice is focused on Canadian and American immigration law, specifically on corporate immigration and the global mobility of workers. In her U.S. immigration practice, she counsels clients on cross-border travel, non-immigrant and immigrant visas, citizenship and naturalization, U.S. waivers, compliance with immigration laws, and consular processing. In her Canadian practice, she advises corporations in Canada and internationally on all matters pertaining to Canadian immigration. She also guides individuals and their families through the various stages of their establishment in Canada, either on a temporary or a permanent basis.
Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Shefali practiced immigration law in Washington, D.C, where she worked with a boutique immigration firm. She also volunteered with a leading national immigration legal service provider where she assisted in providing direct immigration services to foreign-born individuals and their families in the United States. During this time, she represented client’s interests before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Shefali received a BA (Honours Specialization in Political Science) from Western University, a Bachelor of Laws from City Law School, University of London, and a Master of Laws in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center graduating on the Dean’s List and with Distinction.
While pursuing her studies, she participated in the American University, Washington College of Law, 6th Annual International Commercial Arbitration Moot where she received an honorable mention. Shefali was also invited by the International Law Association to present on a panel addressing contemporary issues in international commercial arbitration at the 2018 Annual Conference.
Shefali completed her articles with the firm and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Bar Association. She was also called to the New York Bar in 2018 and is a member of the New York Bar Association.
Yuri Hiromitsu is a paralegal in the immigration department at McCarthy Tétrault in Montreal. Her specialty is permanent relocation, and she assists clients primarily with permanent residency and citizenship applications.
Following the completion of a Master of Laws degree at McGill University, Yuri worked for several years in the field of immigration law. During this time, she gained a strong knowledge of various Canadian permanent residency programs, such as Federal Skilled Worker, Québec Skilled Worker and Québec investors program. In addition, Yuri is a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. Yuri also possesses extensive knowledge of corporate business law, having worked in this field prior to relocating to Canada.
Vanessa Bédard serves as Operations Manager and supports the national MT>iplus team. She has several years of experience in human resources management. Her interest in organizational development, recruiting and professional development, in addition to her proactive, people-centred and pragmatic approach, have led her to successfully manage a number of strategic initiatives. Vanessa has a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Université de Montréal and is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés.