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 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 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.
Maria completed her BA in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Havana in 2008, and she joined our firm in September 2016.
She has been involved in social programs since her student years, when she helped organize reading workshops for children and volunteered at the Havana International Book Fair.
After completing her studies, Maria worked as a business specialist for the Cuban Sports Institute, where she led sales and marketing campaigns that resulted in contracts in over 50 countries. Through this work she developed a good understanding of other countries and fostered her interest in learning about different cultures.
She moved to Canada in 2012 and, pursuing her interest in helping others, has worked in customer service positions in the technology and financial sectors. To continue her professional growth and develop new skills, Maria also obtained a Certificate in Computer Programming Applications from Ryerson University, where she received the “Marilynn Booth Award”, which recognizes the lifelong commitment of adult students to continue learning.
Maria is passionate about social issues and she truly believes that from her current position she is able to help pave the way for immigrants like her to lead new lives in Canada.
She is able to communicate in both English and Spanish.
Shay graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2016 and commenced her licensing work placement with our firm in January 2017. She previously completed her Master of Art in political science with a focus on anti-human trafficking policy at York University and was award the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She earned her Honours Bachelor or Arts from the University of Toronto with a joint specialist in history and political science.
In 2010, Shay interned at a human rights organization in Cape Town, South Africa where she assisted refugee claimants file for status. During this time she was also as active member of the Canadian Red Cross; as a volunteer, student club president and a member of the Toronto governance council.
Shay furthered her desire to assist others by entering law school. She was the Pro Bono Students Canada program coordinator. In this capacity she developed projects, trained and placed over 130 law students in public interest settings. She also completed the Immigration and Refuge Law intensive program and worked for a boutique corporate immigration firm in Toronto. She also volunteered at the FCJ Refugee Centre to help clients complete various legal forms and applications and delivered public legal education workshops on the changing landscape of Canadian immigration and refugee law.
The culmination of her experience and desire to learn motivates her to pursue a legal career in immigration and refugee law. Shay hopes to empower individuals so seek legal recourse and persuade others to strive for social justice through advocacy, mentorship and public education.