Our Team

Pantea Jafari

Pantea Jafari

Lead Counsel
Senior Counsel

As lead counsel, Pantea oversees all cases flowing through Jafari Law. Since opening Jafari Law in 2012, Pantea has successfully helped hundreds of individuals and families looking to immigrate to Canada temporarily and permanently and to maintain their status once obtained.

Pantea obtained an honors BA in Individualized studies with a decided focus on human rights and international law from York University. She obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in International Law.

As a first generation Canadian, Pantea is readily able to appreciate the experiences of those aspiring for a future in Canada, and those struggling to maintain the status they have acquired. Her ability to connect with the experiences of her clients not only enables her to better tell their stories and explain their circumstances, but to also advocate for result-oriented solutions in the at-times inflexible system of immigration rules and regulations.

Pantea has always been active in various legal and community organizations over the years, which volunteerism she has maintained since opening her practice. Presently, she serves on the executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s Anti-Racism Committee. She is a previous board member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and International Law Section, the Canadian Muslim Lawyer’s Association, the Iranian Canadian Legal Professionals, to name a few. She has also appeared before various Parliamentary Committees at the House and Senate level on
behalf of some of these organizations.

Prior to her legal practice, Pantea owned and operated a mid-sized corporation, worked for a foreign government drafting national child-welfare policies, and interned at an international law firm in Madrid, Spain.

H.J. (Yehuda) Levinson

H.J. (Yehuda) Levinson

Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel

Jafari Law is pleased to announce that H.J. (Yehuda) Levinson is now associated with the firm as Senior Counsel.  For more than thirty-five years, Yehuda Levinson has become well known for his willingness to resolve the most difficult cases and his personal concern for clients. We are excited to have him join our team through the Halifax office.

Elham Akhoondan

Elham Akhoondan

Lawyer

Lawyer
Elham Akhoondan is a licensed lawyer who is currently in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. Elham has pursued advanced legal education and holds two Masters of Law (LLM) degrees from the University of Montreal in Canada. Her first LLM specialization is in “Business Law in a Global Context,” while the second focuses on “Comparative Common Law.” She also holds a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in public international law from Allameh Tabatabaei University in Iran.

With a strong background in Civil Law, Common Law, and International Law, Elham possesses a broad understanding of legal principles across multiple jurisdictions. She is known for her diligent work ethic, effective communication skills, sense of responsibility, adaptability, and ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.  With a focus on immigration law, Elham has a wealth of prior experience assisting clients with both temporary and permanent resident cases.

Elham is an active member of professional associations such as the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association.

Fun fact: During her leisure time, she enjoys practicing yoga and exploring new destinations through her travels.

Pinaz Marolia

Pinaz Marolia

Lawyer
Lawyer
What you should know:
I, Myself Immigrated to Canada.
What you didn’t know:
I enjoy travelling.
Pinaz Marolia is a Lawyer, in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario. Ms. Marolia’s prior work experience includes being employed at a mid-sized firm providing immigration services to corporations and individuals. In her position, Ms. Marolia successfully worked on numerous temporary and permanent residence applications, and also represented individuals at the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD). Ms. Marolia completed her Articles within the Immigration Division of a professional services firm, specializing in corporate immigration.

Ms. Marolia is a graduate of the University of Toronto (HBA), and University of Leicester (LLB), and a member of the Canadian Bar Association. Ms. Marolia enjoys reading, spinning, yoga and travelling during her spare time.

Aamar Bashir

Aamar Bashir

Lawyer
Lawyer
Mr. Bashir is a foreign- trained lawyer studying towards his Solicitors/ Barristers Bar Exams to Practice law in Canada. He currently holds a BA / LLB (Hons) degree and has previously worked in various prestigious organizations. He started his career with internships at a top-tier law firm of the region; RIAA Barker Gillette (Pakistan) and with The Government of Pakistan; Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights (Human Rights Wing). At RIAA Barker Gillette, Mr. Bashir was responsible for various assigned tasks ranging from legal research, drafting memos and proofreading contracts on matters of Commercial and Corporate nature.

Mr. Bashir facilitated and assisted the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Law, Pakistan in formulating and data consolidation of the periodic review for Human Rights Committee of UN (The United Nations) for the ratified conventions by Pakistan. Additionally he also assisted and participated in various Federal Human Rights Policy Frame work meetings, consequently gaining a tremendous amount of exposure in Research and Human Rights.

During the course of his education he was extensively involved in various national mooting competitions securing many awards as well as a position for Chief Coordinator; BU Law Moot Society for two consecutive years. Many moot prepositions involved extensive presenting, oratory, organizing and drafting skills on legal and human rights issues, which eventually increased, and enhanced his knowledge and abilities on many subjects. His speaking abilities have been utilized at many forums such as coaching freshmen for mooting competitions, debating events, motivational guest lecturers etc.

Mr. Bashir also writes research articles and acts as an International editor in Canada for a Legal Magazine holding a few publications to his name. He was introduced to Canadian Immigration law when he joined an immigration consultancy firm as an Immigration Case Analyst. He continued with the firm for over a year before he joined Jafari Law for his articles of clerkship. He is currently employed at Jafari Law and aims to be called to the bar by 2019.

Sina Sotudehnia

Sina Sotudehnia

Head of Network
Head of Network
Sina is the Jafari Law technology support and help desk Representative. He provides technical support for all hardware and/or software related issues for staff and clients at our firm.

Sina was born in Iran where he always blended continuing education in IT related fields with being an instructor of same. He has more than 30 years or work history in the IT development, training and support industry, with more than 20,000 hours of training on Windows, MS-Excel, TCP/IP networking and Internet platforms. Some highlights from his 30 year career include: working at the computer department of the Trade Ministry in 1985 as a pioneer in the IT field when technology and basic computer functions were beyond the grasp of many; being an AutoCAD instructor to various manufacturers and in various cities throughout Iran; being the Windows course designer and instruction for IBM Iran, or Dadeh Pardazi as it is presently known; to being the supervisor of non-symmetric internet service provider installer team.

Upon immigrating to Canada in 2002 with his wife and 2 daughters, Sina has taken up a second career alongside his IT skills – that of a licensed insurance agent. Sina obtained his Life License Qualification in 2006, allowing him to provide information and advice on the insurance needs of our clients. Given Canadian immigration is slowly moving towards online applications as opposed to paper based, having the right technology, software and training is vital to the practice. While tending to all our team and our client’s technological needs, Sina ensures we have everything we need to move efficiently through the ever-changing immigration and digital world.

Mohammad Shirazi

Mohammad Shirazi

Office and Finance Manager
Office and Finance Manager

Interesting fact – I’m an electrical engineer by training, and presently have my own mortgage brokerage and am a real estate agent.

Shahnaz Atiabi

Shahnaz Atiabi

Admin and Farsi Assistant
Admin and Farsi Assistant

Interesting fact – Speaking to my only daughter, who has moved away, delights me.