We are happy to be welcoming Will Tao to the firm. Will, introducing himself to you:
For those that don’t know me, my name is Will – last name – Tao. I am the newest lawyer at Edelmann and Co. Law Offices. I recently made the move from another boutique immigration law firm in Downtown Vancouver. I am very excited to be able to grow the next stage of my legal career here.
Joining Edelmann, for me, is about returning to my roots of being a social justice advocate. I entered law with the goal of wanting to help to make changes to laws that disproportionately affected vulnerable immigrant communities. In my undergraduate studies, I focused on understanding the colonial history of Canada (specifically, Vancouver) and the development of institutional power structures that subjugated and continue to subjugate racialized communities, to this date. In law school, I worked in a legal clinic in Ottawa assisting refugee and humanitarian and compassionate ground claimants. Today, I am proud to be a local community advocate. When I am not in the office working on client files, I like to be out in about the City I grew up in organizing events to empower youth and newcomer voices, advise on policy changes, and write about my experiences as a second-generation Chinese Canadian product of immigrants from Mainland China. My partner, Olivia, is herself a newcomer to Canada and watching her handle the trials and tribulations of navigating her newcomer identity serves as a never-ending source of my inspiration.
I am coming to Edelmann and Co. to become a better advocate, a better litigator, and someone who is better legally-equipped to assist those in society that need help the most. I humbly ask that you consider me as your voice and as your next lawyer. Together, through my client-focused approach, I believe we can navigate your most challenging legal situations. I pride myself on being available to my clients around the clock and being a trusted, energetic, and knowledgeable advisor.
I look forward to the journey. You can catch me writing about my experiences – learning and navigating the law, and trying to learn to be a better advocate at http://vancouverimmigrationblog.com