About Barbara J. Leiter
Barbara J. Leiter
Barbara J. Leiter is a Montreal, Quebec based lawyer specializing in Canadian and American immigration law. Prior to her entrance in the judicial world, she obtained a first diploma from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). After a first career as professional musician and a second one in the field of real estate, she earned her L.L.B. and B.C.L. from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, in May of 1989.
During her graduate studies, her academic success was as important as her social and extracurricular involvement. At McGill University, she was a member of the Editorial Board of the McGill Law Journal, worked at the McGill Legal Aid Clinic and was a member of the Students' Judiciary Committee.
She became a member of the Barreau du Quebec in 1990, and a member of the New York State Bar in 2002. She sits on the executive of the Quebec chapter of the Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and also a member of the Canadian chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is a member of the Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l'immigration (AQAADI) promoting active cooperation between its members to improve the practice of immigration law in Quebec. Her involvement in these associations not only allows Ms. Leiter to integrate all recent modifications affecting immigration laws but also to share her experience in order to improve and optimize its practice. She has been recognized by a Quebec Court as an expert witness in the field of US immigration law. She has taken part in several conferences organized by the Canadian Bar Association as guest speaker. Furthermore, in order to give back to the profession that enables her to help so many different persons, Ms. Leiter periodically sits on arbitration boards of the Barreau du Québec.
Sporty and adventurous, Me Leiter trekked in some of the world’s most breathtaking locations, most notably: the Himalayas, the Alps, Patagonia and New Zealand. Her active personality is transposed to her practice through her young and dynamic team alert to new judicial and technological trends to better serve her clientele. The symbiosis between Me Leiter’s experience of over 20 years in the field of immigration and her team’s enthusiasm enables her to satisfy her diversified clientele.
Even though her practice is focused on immigration law, she offers several other professional services pertaining to commercial and corporate law as well as other areas of Quebec and Canadian law. As a member of the New York State Bar, she also provides certain services for U.S. immigration, including Green Card applications (Permanent Residence), Petitions for family members, L-1 Visa (executive transfer) and the E-2 Visa (for starting a business in the U.S.), and applications for waivers of criminal inadmissibility.
Maître Gissa Rahme is a young and dynamic lawyer based in Montreal, Quebec. Me Rahme successfully completed a double major program in law and molecular biotechnology at University of Sherbrooke. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B.) in April 2010 and a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biotechnology and Law (M.B.M.D.) in December 2010. After obtaining her university degrees, she completed the Quebec Bar’s professional training program in May 2011. Me Rahme became a member of the Barreau du Québec on February 24th, 2012 after completing her mandatory internship under the supervision of Me Barbara J. Leiter. Since then, Me Rahme has been a member of the Quebec Association of Immigration Lawyers (AQAADI) and has been primarily practicing as an attorney in the field of immigration law within Me Barbara J. Leiter’s law firm. In addition to her duties as an attorney, Me Rahme is also the office manager. She is perfectly bilingual in English and French and is fluent in Arabic.
Her great interpersonal skills, coupled with a deep commitment to her work and constant pursuit of excellence, make Me Rahme an attorney who can naturally and efficiently handle the most complex of cases. She is able to combine her knowledge of the strict provisions of law with the possibility of alternative humanitarian approaches in order to determine the best possible solutions for each of her clients’ unique circumstances.
In addition to Canadian immigration law, Me Rahme is also knowledgeable in U.S. immigration law, which allows her to deal with a wide variety of cases involving both countries.
Me Rahme’s great listening skills, patience, and her innovative approach, has allowed her to provide highly personalized professional services that have insured the highest level of satisfaction for the clientele of Barbara J. Leiter Attorney Inc.
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