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 founded and now coordinates the community program CALA (for “Community Access to Legal Assistance”) where volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to low-income and other marginalized individuals, in partnership with various community organizations in Toronto.

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

Ada Navas Juarez
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.

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.