About Ms. Gerami

Arghavan Gerami is the Founder and Senior Counsel at Gerami Law Professional Corporation (‘PC’), a full-service 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 and refugee litigation, and successfully represented numerous clients before the Federal and provincial Courts, as well as the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Before founding Gerami Law, Ms. Gerami worked 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 and administrative law appeals.

Ms. Gerami is an Executive Member-at-Large on the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.  In 2017 and 2018 Ms. Gerami served on the Organizing Committee of the annual CBA Immigration Law Conference. She has also represented the CBA at the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Consultative Committee for the past two years, including stakeholder meetings involving the Federal Court, the Department of Justice, the Immigration and Refugee Board, Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada as well as the Canada Border Services Agency, among others.   In 2020, she was appointed as the Co-Chair of the Anti-Racism Committee, as well as the Co-Chair of the Federal Court’s 2020-2021 Immigration and Refugee Law Moot.

Ms Gerami has been interviewed by national and local television stations on numerous occasions, 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 also published numerous journal articles and called on to speak at various immigration and refugee conferences and events across Canada.

As a Supervising Principal to articling students, Ms. Gerami enjoys facilitating the career development of law students and young lawyers. She has provided guest lectures to students at the University of Ottawa, and been asked by the Federal Court to argue two of her cases at the University of Ottawa’s Courtroom, allowing students to observe and learn.

Ms. Gerami enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, her miniature poodle (Bambi) and her cat (Simba), and she also loves to travel and practice 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).

PUBLICATIONS

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

EXPERIENCE

Gerami Law PC, Founder and Senior Counsel

Ottawa, Ontario, Aug. 2011 – Present

  • Barrister at Law in Ontario since June 2007
  • Founded Gerami Law Professional Corporation in 2011
  • Immigration and refugee litigation and appellate advocacy expert, appearing before all the Federal and Provincial Courts, as well as the various Immigration and Refugee Board divisions (RPD, RAD, IAD).
  • Expertise in the following areas:
    • refugee claim process and refugee appeals;
    • criminal inadmissibility, human or international rights violations, organized criminality and misrepresentation;
    • citizenship litigation, including revocation of citizenship;
    • fighting removals from Canada, including pre-removal risk assessments and danger opinions;
    • immigration detentions;
    • vacation/cessation litigation;
    • temporary, permanent residency and citizenship applications
  • 2011 – 2016: in addition to immigration and refugee law, also practiced all areas of criminal defence, including homicides, complex criminal trials, Mr. Big investigations, criminal appeals and sentencing hearings

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Farsi
  • French (Intermediate)

REFERENCES

The Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Section referred to Arghavan and one of her cases during a conference in Winnipeg to highlight the importance of lawyers, and their role in immigration. Please, play the video below to listen.

 

Before Founding Gerami Law PC

FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL (Ottawa, Ontario, Aug. 2010 – 2011)

  • Worked with Honourable Justice John M. Evans on appeals in the area of immigration and refugee, human rights, constitutional, and administrative law.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANADA, Foreign affairs and international trade legal services (Ottawa, Ontario, Jan. – Aug. 2010)

  • Legal Counsel: constitutional law, international security and human rights law.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANADA, public sector  (Ottawa, Ontario, Mar. – Dec. 2009)

  • Legal Counsel: human rights law, constitutional litigation, and access to information and privacy law.

ONTARIO MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, constitutional law branch/policy division (Toronto, 2006 – 2007)

  • Student-at-Law: constitutional and human rights litigation,administrative and aboriginal law.

HUMAN RESOURCES AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA, federal labour standards review commission – (Ottawa/Toronto, 2005 – 2006)

  • Legal Advisor to Commissioner Harry Arthurs, working on the Commissioner’s Final Report: “Fairness at Work: Federal Labour Standards for the 21st Century”

OSGOODE HALL LAW SCHOOL, YORK UNIVERSITY (North York, 2002 – 2003)

  • Legal Researcher to Professor Harry Arthurs in the area of Canadian labour law, constitutional and human rights law

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE, Young professionals program – (Ottawa, 2000 – 2001)

  • Project Coordinator to ‘Project Ploughshares’ (Canada and Nairobi)
  • Participated in the 2001 United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.