Peter Edelmann

Lawyer
peter@edelmann.ca

Peter Edelmann has a practice focused primarily on litigation and appeals in the areas of immigration and refugee law, extradition and criminal defence. He regularly appears before all levels of the federal and provincial courts as well as the various divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board. He is an active member of the national Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association and on the litigation committees of both the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Peter is a regular presenter at conferences on various topics related to criminal and immigration law. He regularly appears before Parliamentary committees and before the Supreme Court of Canada on issues related to criminality and national security in the immigration context.

Peter taught for several years in the Computer Forensics program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is currently an instructor in the University of British Columbia Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP) program.

Peter is bilingual (French and English) and fluent in Spanish.

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Peter Edelmann

Peter Edelmann

Lawyer

Jennifer Ellis

Lawyer
jennifer@edelmann.ca

 

Jennifer Ellis (née Godwin) joined Edelmann and Company in 2010 and currently practices in the areas of refugee and immigration law as well as criminal defence. She obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2009. While completing articles with Legal Aid Ontario, Jennifer gained experience dealing with a wide variety of social justice issues, particularly her work at the Refugee Law Office and as Criminal Duty Counsel.

Jennifer regularly appears before all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and has argued before both Provincial Courts in Ontario and BC, the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal; and in 2015, appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. She is particularly interested in gender-based refugee claims, the intersections of criminal and immigration law, and appellate level work.  Aside from managing a busy work schedule, Jennifer is a mother and avid cyclist.

 

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Jennifer Ellis

Jennifer Ellis

Lawyer

Erica Olmstead

Lawyer
erica@edelmann.ca

Erica Olmstead practices in all areas of immigration, refugee and criminal law.

Erica graduated with a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2010. She has assisted individuals from all over the world make applications to immigrate and obtain status in Canada and to resolve issues of admissibility. She regularly appears before all Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court, and she has acted in cases before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. In her work, she cultivates a particular interest in Charter rights, global social justice and appellate work.

Erica also works as a case review lawyer with the Legal Services Society, Appeals Department, where she advises staff on immigration, refugee and criminal law issues and works to support access to justice. She is an instructor with the University of British Columbia Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP) program, and is a regular presenter at immigration and refugee legal education conferences and events in British Columbia.

Erica received a certificate of recognition by the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch – Immigration Section for outstanding contribution to the administration of justice in service to clients in need in response to the arrival of the MV Sun Sea.

Erica is conversationally fluent in French and Spanish.

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Erica Olmstead

Erica Olmstead

Lawyer

Erin Roth

Lawyer
erin@edelmann.ca

Erin C. Roth practices immigration, citizenship, and refugee law.

She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta, followed by completing Law School at the University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2009 and in British Columbia in 2016. Erin appears regularly before the Federal Court, Immigration Division, Immigration Appeal Division, Refugee Protection Division (RPD), and has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal and attended Citizenship Hearings.

Erin started her practice with a focus in refugee law, focusing on RPD claims and the judicial review of refugee refusals. Her practice has expanded to inadmissibility cases and appeals, as well as Federal Court applications for all types of refusals or delayed applications, including economic class, family class, temporary visa applications, stays of removal, and Service Canada applications.

Erin has been a speaker at conferences organized by the Canada Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants. She is published in the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, the Immigration Law Reporter, and ImmQuest.

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Erin Roth

Erin Roth

Lawyer

Molly Joeck

Lawyer
molly@edelmann.ca

Molly Joeck joined Edelmann and Co. in 2017 and currently practices in all areas of immigration and refugee law.

Molly graduated with a law degree from McGill University in 2012, and then went on to article with the Federal Court of Canada. She was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2014, and the British Columbia bar in 2017.

Subsequent to her articles, she practiced immigration and refugee law with a leading law firm in Toronto, Canada, where she assisted hundreds of new arrivals to Canada from all over the world with their refugee and immigration matters.

Molly regularly appears before all divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and has argued multiple applications for judicial review and stays of removal before the Federal Court of Canada.

Molly is fluent in French.

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Molly Joeck

Molly Joeck

Lawyer

Suzanne Baustad

Senior Paralegal
suzanne@edelmann.ca

Suzanne has worked as an immigration and refugee paralegal at Edelmann & Company since 2007. She assists lawyers and clients with refugee claims, temporary and permanent resident immigration applications as well as all aspects of hearing preparation, judicial reviews, and appeals.

Suzanne has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary and a Masters in International Development Studies from Sussex University, UK. She has a Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University and a Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures from the University of British Columbia.

Suzanne is a member of the British Columbia Paralegal Association and works with a number of community-based migrant justice, anti-poverty, and women’s organizations. She enjoys travel, biking, dog walks and spending time with her two children.

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Suzanne Baustad

Suzanne Baustad

Senior Paralegal

Janet Woo

Legal Assistant
janet@edelmann.ca

Janet served as the assistant to the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East for many years and is experienced at advocacy at all levels of government on behalf of marginalized groups, particularly on behalf of immigrants and refugees. She has a degree in urban planning and a diploma in criminology.

Born and raised in East Vancouver, she is a child of hard working immigrants who came from China to Canada in the 1950s. She is dedicated to, and inspired by, immigrants and their experiences.

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Janet Woo

Janet Woo

Legal Assistant

Rubi Gutierrez

Legal Assistant
rubi@edelmann.ca

Rubi came to Canada as a refugee claimant with her family in 2008. After experiencing this process and others first hand, she became passionate about helping those in similar immigration situations. She worked at a large immigration firm in Calgary as a legal assistant before relocating to Vancouver.

Rubi is fluent in English and Spanish and as such, also enjoys interpreting and recently took the Canadian Law and Legal Systems for Interpreters course at the Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia.

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Rubi Gutierrez

Rubi Gutierrez

Legal Assistant

Jessie Choi

Legal Assistant
jessie@edelmann.ca
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Jessie Choi

Jessie Choi

Legal Assistant

Shirin Kiamanesh

Articled Student
lawstudent@edelmann.ca

Shirin is an articling student. She received her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2017. As a law student, she worked with West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association, an organization that provides legal advice to migrant workers, and in Mexico with an organization supporting a national criminal justice reform. She participated in the International Justice and Human Rights Clinic and the Jessup International Law Moot, where she received an award for her written submissions. She also volunteered with the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. Prior to law school, Shirin worked in international development and policy reform for several years in Berlin, Germany, first with a large NGO focused on anti-corruption, and later for a grassroots organization lobbying for E.U. farmers' rights and stronger environmental policies. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and is conversationally fluent in French, Farsi, and German.

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Shirin Kiamanesh

Shirin Kiamanesh

Articled Student

Christine Edelmann

Office Manager
christine@edelmann.ca

Christine earned her Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa. She is driven to make positive change in the world and began her career with a focus on environmental issues. Her earliest endeavors ranged from non-profit project coordination to managing logistics in an environmental engineering firm. Having thus honed her organizational skills, she continued her passion for establishing functioning organizational systems at Edelmann Co.

After a work break of several years at home, growing a garden along with two young children, she came back to the firm in 2012 and continued putting her problem-solving abilities to good use as the Office Manager helping enable the firm to successfully grow into what it is today.

Christine oversees the smooth operation of the office. She drafts retainers; manages the accounts payable and accounts receivable; and oversees human resource management including staff, payroll and holidays. She ensures that the firm is in compliance with the rules and regulations set out by Canada Revenue Agency, the Minister of Finance and the Law Society of British Columbia.

Christine is bilingual (English/French) and keeps the plants in the office alive.

 

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Christine Edelmann

Christine Edelmann

Office Manager