Intercultural Communication, Centre for
Daniel Simonian is a practicing immigration lawyer based in Toronto. Originally from Montreal, Daniel obtained his civil law degree at the Université de Montréal before completing his common law training at the University of Toronto. He has a masters in constitutional law (LL.M.) from Osgoode Hall, where he completed a dissertation on refugee law policy. During his legal studies, Daniel created and delivered public legal education workshops on civil rights and immigration issues. He also acted as national coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada, a program that provides legal services without charge to organizations and individuals in need.
After graduating, Daniel completed a clerkship for the chief judge of the Quebec Administrative Tribunal where he worked predominantly on immigration cases. Since being called to the Quebec and Ontario Bars, Daniel has worked in private practice as well as for several legal clinics, providing legal assistance to low-income Toronto residents. Daniel has experience representing refugee claimants before the Refugee Protection Division and has successfully argued judicial review applications before the Federal Court of Canada. He also focuses a significant portion of his practice on H&C applications, family class sponsorships, and economic class applications. He currently volunteers at the 519 Legal Clinic where he provides individuals with free summary legal advice on immigration and refugee matters.