Our Team of Immigration Lawyers
Our team is comprised of seven exceptional immigration lawyers with experience in handing complex immigration cases.
The composition of our team is very unique. We do not employ any legal admins or paralegals who assist with legal work. Our clients work directly with a Canadian lawyer through the entire process, which is not offered by most law firms.
Sonia Akilov Matkowsky
B.A (Hons.), J.D.
Partner & Immigration Lawyer Canadian & U.S. licensed
Sonia is the co-founder of the firm and has extensive experience litigating complex
immigration cases at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and the Federal Court. She also assists corporate clients to obtain work permits for foreign workers.
Sonia graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and gained immigration experience at Green & Spiegel and KPMG law before co-founding Matkowsky Immigration Law.
B.A (Hons.), LL.B
Senior Immigration Lawyer &
Natalie practices in all areas of immigration and refugee law, specializing in litigation at the Federal Court and IRB. Her extensive experience includes representation in admissibility hearings, family sponsorship appeals, removal order appeals, detention reviews, residency obligations appeals, refugee hearings and refugee appeals, along with judicial review and stay of removal matters.
Natalie gained invaluable experience working for CBSA for over a decade at Pearson International Airport, the Enforcement Division and acting as a Minister's Counsel representing the government in IRB hearings.
B.A (Hons.), J.D.
Sam practices in all areas of immigration law. His work includes drafting arguments for complex immigration cases and helping clients with previous visa refusals, Judicial Review at the Federal Court, responses to procedural fairness letters, inadmissibility issues, appeals, and CBSA deferral requests.
Sam gained valuable experience working for a well reputed immigration law firm, Mamann, Sandaluk, Kingwell, before joining our firm. Sam graduated from Western University Law School after completing a Masters degree and an Undergraduate degree from Queens Univeristy.
Natalie Sahibi, Esq
B.Sc. (Hons.), J.D.
Canadian and U.S. licensed
Natalie practices U.S. and Canadian Immigration and has licensure for both countries. She specializes in helping clients overcome inadmissibility issues by preparing U.S. Waivers, and TRPs / Criminal Rehabilitation applications. Natalie also assist clients with Spousal Sponsorship applications for both the U.S. and Canada.
Natalie's extensive experience assisting with complex immigration issues in both the U.S. and Canada is indispensable when challenging cases at appeals at the IRB and the Federal Court, admissibility hearings and dealing with previous visa refusals.
RCIC, MFin, BCOM
Co-founding Partner &
John is the co-founder of Matkowsky Immigration Law and he practices in all areas of immigration law, particularly focusing on more complex immigration cases.
Earlier in his career he worked in the financial markets as a Chartered Investment Manager and trader for large Canadian Banks and Private Family Trusts. John transitioned from helping individuals and families manage their investments to helping them immigrate to Canada under investor and business immigration programs. Today, John practices in all areas of immigration law, helping clients make Canada home.
B.Sc (Hons.), J.D.
Immigration Lawyer - Team Lead
Gina is the Team Lead at our firm and helps manage the firm's associate lawyers. She represents clients in matters dealing with immigration appeals, CBSA removal orders, criminal, medical and misrepresentation inadmissibility, family sponsorships, economic immigration, study permits, and LMIAs & work permits.
Gina graduated from Windsor Law School and gained indispensable previous immigration law experience prior to joining our firm.
Palmerino (Paul) Vitti
B.A (Hons.), J.D.
Paul helps clients across all areas of immigration law, particularly focusing on matters involving criminal inadmissibility, previously refused applications, Judicial Reviews at the Federal Court, immigration appeals at the IRB, deferral requests on removal orders, permanent residence applications, study permits and work permits.
Prior practicing immigration law, Paul practiced Employment Law helping clients deal with workplace issues such as wrongful termination and human rights issues. This invaluable litigation experience helps Paul when formulating arguments and assisting clients with complex immigration cases.
B.A. (Hons.), J.D.
Kriti obtained her Canadian and American Dual Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy. Kriti also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University.
Kriti has experience in a wide variety of immigration matters including study permits, work permits, temporary and permanent residence applications, spousal sponsorship, citizenship and refugee matters.
Prior to joining Matkowsky Immigration Law, Kriti gained extensive experience at a boutique immigration law firm in Toronto. Kriti also had the opportunity to work at a legal clinic, helping clients with their immigration law matters.