OUR LAWYERS

Laura Best

Co-founder

Laura is a Principal Lawyer and Co-Founder at Embarkation. Following her call to the bar in 2010, Laura has built a diverse, litigation-based practice focused on immigration and refugee law. Laura has appeared before all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and regularly represents clients in judicially reviewing negative decisions before the Federal Court of Canada.

Laura is listed as a Leading Practitioner in the Canadian Legal expert Directory. She is frequently relied upon by various media outlets to comment on issues relevant to Canadian immigration and has appeared on CTV, Global, CBC, as well as been quoted by the Globe and Mail, among other publications. She often is asked to speak at legal conferences and community events and co-chairs the annual “Immigration Issues in Depth” conference with CLE BC.

Laura maintains a close involvement with refugee rights in the community. She previously sat on the Board of Directors of the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre and on the Vancouver Association of Survivors of Torture (“VAST”) for many years and is on the Legal Services Society duty counsel roster for immigration detention. Laura has working knowledge of Spanish and French.

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Fadi Yachoua

Co-founder

Fadi is a Principal Lawyer and Co-Founder at Embarkation. He immigrated to Canada about 20 years ago, and he has lived, studied and worked in different cities across the country, which gives him a personal and intimate understanding of the challenges and benefits of immigrating and establishing a new life in Canada. He assists individuals, families and businesses from all over the world achieve their goals, and navigate the world of Canadian immigration, refugee and citizenship law.

Fadi is driven to secure the most efficient and cost effective results for his clients, whether he is developing strategies to attain his clients’ immigration needs, or he is in court to challenge a government decision. He regularly represents clients at the Immigration and Refugee Board as well as the Federal Court of Canada, and he uses litigation strategically and creatively to achieve results.

Fadi is a frequent speaker at legal and community events, as well as a media commentator who advocates for the rights of migrants and refugees. He previously sat on the Board of Directors of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and he was a researcher at the Refugee Forum/Human Rights Centre at the University of Ottawa. Fadi is fluent in Arabic, and has working knowledge of French.

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Lobat Sadrehashemi

Associate Counsel

Lobat has a litigation practice in immigration and refugee law. She is President of the national organization of refugee lawyers and scholars, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL). She regularly acts for clients at the Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board. Lobat’s practice includes refugee hearings, judicial reviews, motions for stay of removal, immigration and refugee appeals, detention reviews, admissibility hearings and other immigration applications. She also represents public interest organizations through intervention applications. She has argued at levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Lobat graduated from the University of Toronto’s joint law and social work program and has focused her legal career on social justice work. After articling and working at Lorne Waldman’s office, Lobat spent the first years of practice at the legal non-profit Pivot Legal Society. She also has worked at the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, focusing on systemic human rights issues facing low-income people.   Lobat is on the legal committee for West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and has also served as Chair of the Refugee Lawyers Group of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBA-BC).

Lobat has written numerous articles and reports on refugee and human rights issues, and has testified at the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. She is a frequent speaker at legal conferences and regularly provides training for settlement workers, front line advocates and law students on issues relating to immigration and refugee law, access to justice, and human rights.

Juliana Dalley

Lawyer

Juliana practices in all areas of immigration and refugee law. Juliana clerked for Madam Justice Hansen at the Federal Court in Ottawa after obtaining her law degree from the University of British Columbia. She practiced in administrative law and employment and human rights law at a non-profit organization in Vancouver where she focused on advocating for the rights of migrant workers.

Juliana has represented several migrant workers in legal proceedings to uphold their employment and human rights and has participated in law reform work, including advocating for reform of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to better protect migrant workers from abuse and exploitation. Juliana has represented clients in several human rights cases in British Columbia, including representing parties and interveners before the B.C. Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.

She has served as a Board Member for LSLAP and currently edits its Immigration and Refugee Law and Citizenship Law manual chapters. She has been involved in various community initiatives aimed at furthering the rights of refugees and other migrants.

Amanda Aziz

Lawyer

Amanda provides counsel on all areas of Canadian immigration, refugee and citizenship law. She appears regularly before all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada on behalf of clients, as well as represents clients before the Federal Court of Canada. Amanda has also testified before federal standing committees of the House of Commons and Senate, and was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Students and Immigration. 

Amanda is an active advocate for migrant populations, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the Canadian Bar Association. She the Co-Chair of the BC Refugee Lawyers’ Group, and has also served as Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association provincial Immigration section. She has worked with organizations supporting women and worker’s rights, including the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund and the BC Government and Service Employees Union and is involved with Vancouver’s Sanctuary City movement and is a regular volunteer with Access Pro Bono. Prior to her life as a lawyer, Amanda worked at the national level advocating for accessible post-secondary education in Canada, representing post-secondary students.

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Tess Acton

Lawyer

Tess practices all areas of Canadian immigration, refugee, and citizenship law. She represents clients at all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, as well as the Federal Court of Canada.

Prior to joining Embarkation, Tess practiced with a boutique immigration law firm in Vancouver, where she worked with clients from all around the world wanting to visit, study, work, or live in Canada. Tess also advised and represented clients experiencing issues with obtaining and keeping their immigration status, including for criminal, security, misrepresentation, and medical admissibility issues. She also assisted employers across Canada to meet their labour needs and business goals by hiring workers through available immigration programs. In 2018, Tess was a recipient of the Founders’ Award of the CBA National Immigration Law Section.

Tess completed her Master in Laws at the University of Victoria, where her thesis researched how working with interpreters affects communication and the narratives of vulnerable clients. While a graduate student, Tess co-authored a paper published in a special edition of the International Journal of Refugee Law and presented at several international conferences.

Tess is an active volunteer in her communities. She is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Excellence in Literacy Foundation, a Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, and an active volunteer with Access Pro Bono. Tess is available to meet with clients in Vancouver and Victoria.

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Dorab Colah

Lawyer

Dorab is a passionate advocate for immigrants and refugees, and practices all aspects of Canadian immigration, refugee and citizenship law. He has appeared at all levels of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and has extensive experience in preparing applications for leave and judicial review before the Federal Court of Canada. 

Dorab was born in Mumbai, India, and immigrated to Vancouver at the age of 11. In 2012, he obtained his law degree from the University of Calgary. After being called to the Alberta bar in December 2013, Dorab remained in Calgary, practicing solely in the area of immigration and refugee law for a top immigration firm in the city. Given his work experience in Alberta, Dorab is extremely familiar with all aspects of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. He also volunteered for several non-profit immigration organizations in Calgary, and regularly conducted presentations on immigration law to members of the public. 

Desiring to be closer to his family, Dorab moved back to Vancouver in July 2019, and became a member of the Embarkation Law team. When he is not in the office, Dorab enjoys spending time playing guitar, hiking, and walking his dogs. He spent over a year backpacking through South and Central America, and is conversational in Spanish.

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