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Arghavan Gerami

Arghavan Gerami

B.A. (Hons.), M.A., J.D., LL.M.

BARRISTER-AT-LAW & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Contact Information

Toll-Free: 800.579.7009

Call Collect: 613.695.4529

After Hours: 613.983.5756

Fax: 613.695.7776

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About Ms. Gerami

Arghavan Gerami is the Founder and Managing Director at Gerami Law Professional Corporation (‘PC’), a bilingual immigration law firm in Ottawa, Ontario. She completed her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007. Ms. Gerami also completed a Master of Arts at the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts at York University, graduating first in her class.

Since Founding Gerami Law PC, in 2011 Ms. Gerami has focused her practice on immigration, refugee and citizenship litigation. She has successfully argued numerous refugee cases and immigration appeals, as well as judicial reviews and stay of removal motions before the Federal Court. In November 2016, Ms. Gerami successfully represented one of the Lead Applicants on the constitutional challenge of the amendments to the Citizenship Act relating to the revocation of Canadian citizenship.

Before founding Gerami Law, Ms. Gerami spent several years working in the public sector at the Ministry of Attorney General and the Department of Justice. She also had the privilege of serving the Honourable Mr. Justice M. Evans at the Federal Court of Appeal on immigration, refugee, and administrative law appeals.

Ms. Gerami contributes to and supports the work of various organizations including, the Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Bar Association, the Refugee Lawyers Association and the Canadian Bar Association. She has also been interviewed by national and local television stations such as the CBC and Global News, and quoted in national and local newspapers such as the Globe and Mail, National Post and the Ottawa Citizen. Ms. Gerami has published numerous journal articles and has participated in many speaking engagements across Canada.

As a Supervising Principal to numerous articling students, Ms. Gerami enjoys facilitating the career development of law students and young lawyers. She also enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, as well as reading, travelling, swimming and practicing yoga.

EDUCATION

  • Master of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2009).
  • Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2004).
  • Master of Arts, International Relations, University of Toronto (2000).
  • Honours B.A., Political Science, York University, Summa cum laude (1998).

RECENT SUCCESSFUL CASES

PUBLICATIONS

PRESENTATIONS

EXPERIENCE

Gerami Law Professional Corporation, Managing Director and Barrister at Law

Ottawa, Ontario, Aug. 2011 - Present

  • Founded Gerami Law Professional Corporation in 2011
  • Appearing before all levels of court, including the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and the Ontario and Superior Court of Justice;
  • Successful representation of numerous judicial reviews before the Federal Court; refugee claims before the Refugee Protection Division; detention reviews before the Immigration Division; immigration appeals before the Immigration Appeal Division and refugee appeals before the Refugee Appeal Division;
  • Expertise in admissibility matters, port of entry issues, removals, pre-removal risk assessments, passport related matters, humanitarian and compassionate grounds permanent residency applications, vacation and cessation litigation;
  • Preparation of temporary, permanent resident and citizenship applications, as well as the full spectrum of business immigration applications and visas.
Federal Court of Appeal

Ottawa, Ontario, Aug. 2010 - 2011

  • Worked with Honourable Justice John M. Evans on appeals in the following practice areas: immigration and refugee, human rights, constitutional, and administrative law.
Department of Justice Canada, Legal Counsel

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Legal Services Unit, Ottawa, Ontario, Jan. - Aug. 2010

  • Legal Counsel in the following practice areas: constitutional law, international security and human rights law.
Department of Justice Canada, Legal Counsel

Public Law Sector, Ottawa, Ontario, Mar. - Dec. 2009

  • Legal Counsel in the following practice areas: human rights law, constitutional litigation, access to information and privacy law.
Ontario Ministry of Attorney General, Student-at-Law

Constitutional Law Branch/Policy Division, Toronto, Ontario, 2006 - 2007

  • Student-at-Law in the following practice areas: Constitutional and human rights litigation, administrative and aboriginal law.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Legal Advisor

Federal Labour Standards Review Commission, Ottawa/Toronto, Ontario, 2005 – 2006

  • Legal Advisor to Commissioner Harry Arthurs;
  • Worked on the preparation of the Commissioner’s Final Report: “Fairness at Work: Federal Labour Standards for the 21st Century”;
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Legal Researcher

North York, Ontario, 2002 - 2003

  • Legal Researcher to Professor Harry Arthurs Associate Dean Craig Scott in the area of Canadian labour law, constitutional and international human rights law.
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Project Coordinator

Young Professionals Programme, Nairobi, Kenya; Ottawa, Ontario, 2000 - 2001

  • Project Coordinator to ‘Project Ploughshares’ working out of Canada and Nairobi
  • Took part in the process leading up to the 2001 United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Council for Refugees
  • Canadian Refugee Lawyers Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Refugee Lawyers Association
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • French: Intermediate oral, written and comprehension
  • Farsi: Advanced oral, written and comprehension