Joel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 1995 and his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto.

Joel represents clients in a broad range of immigration matters. His clients have included both multinational corporations wishing to transfer personnel internationally as well as individuals and families of modest means who are fleeing persecution in their home countries.

In addition to representing individuals and corporations on a wide variety of applications for temporary and permanent admission to Canada, Joel regularly appears before all three Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and in the Federal Court of Canada, representing clients in detention reviews, refugee hearings, sponsorship appeals, deportation appeals and applications for judicial review as well as other types of enforcement matters.

In addition to representing his clients, Joel has taught about the practice of immigration law at Osgoode Hall Law School and helped train Dispute Resolution Officers at the Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He has spoken about immigration issues to legal and HR professionals in Canada and abroad. Joel will be speaking in early 2013 at the HRPA Annual Conference in Toronto as well as at the Ontario Bar Association.

Joel is regularly interviewed by members of the print and television news media concerning developments in immigration and refugee law. He has written numerous articles in the Criminal Lawyers Association Newsletter, the Migration Law Review and the Corporate Relocation Quarterly.