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.
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 provide weekly free legal advice to low-income people through the Community Action Resource Centre in Toronto.
She is able to communicate with clients in English, Spanish and French.
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.
Kevin Laforest graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 2016 and joined the firm that year as an articling student.
Prior to entering law school Kevin attended Wilfrid Laurier University where he graduated with honours with a bachelor of arts in Global Studies. During his time in Waterloo Kevin was involved with a number of community organizing activities both on and off campus while also participating as a member of the men’s varsity rugby team.
Upon entering law school, Kevin continued to pursue his interests in social justice, and was able to do so through the Poverty Law intensive program at Parkdale Community Legal Services. There Kevin worked in the housing rights division where he assisted low income tenants with a variety of different housing related concerns. Kevin also worked full-time at the clinic during the summer of 2015 where he supervised new students as well as assisting the clinic lawyer in a major Tribunal application involving over 30 tenants who were asserting their rights against one big landlord. Since leaving the clinic, Kevin has continued to work with tenants in the Parkdale neighbourhood, most recently through “Parkdale Organize!”, a grassroots organizing campaign supporting the local community with legal issues arising out of gentrification and renters’ and workers’ rights. Kevin is looking forward to starting his legal career in immigration and refugee law, and hopes to continue to support local communities through his legal work, advocacy and organizing.