Joanne LynchB.A.H., LL.B, M.Sc.Pl.

Attorney* (Articling Candidate)

Tel: +1-416-363-1696 x109 | Email:

Joanne Lynch is a seasoned practitioner with more than 20 years of experience across a range of policy and legal fields.

Joanne has a long-standing involvement in immigration and refugee issues, and over 10 years practicing law in New York, where she practiced at Shearman & Sterling LLP, gaining hands-on experience with her first asylum claim.

Joanne graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law, where she ranked second in her first-year class and won a variety of awards during her studies. After law school, she clerked at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

She also holds a Masters’ Degree of Science (Planning) from the University of Toronto, where her thesis focused on foreign-trained immigrants’ access to their profession in Canada.

Joanne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Geography and International Development Studies from McGill University. Her undergraduate studies introduced her to the complex and individualized issues involved in migration and sparked her interest in the field of immigration and refugee matters generally.

Joanne has experience with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Guinea, West Africa.

She is called to the bar of New York and is a candidate in the Law Society of Ontario’s licensing process.

Joanne speaks English and French.

*Currently only licensed to practice in New York.


  • University of British Columbia (L.L.B.)
  • University of Toronto (M.Sc.Pl.)
  • McGill University (B.A.H.)

Select Experience:

  • Attorney, Shearman & Sterling LLP (New York)
  • Law Clerk, British Columbia Court of Appeal
  • Intern, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Guinea West Africa

Awards & Distinctions

  • McCarthy Tétrault Leadership Award
  • Borden Ladner Gervais Prize in Conflicts Law
  • Davis & Company Prize in Asian Law
  • Bull Housser & Tupper LLP Prize in Business Law
  • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Scholarship
  • Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang Prize in Torts
  • McLean-McCuaig Foundation Prize in Property Law