RUI CHEN

BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR

Like many other Canadians, my journey to this country began as an immigrant. In the winter of 1992, my mom and I joined my dad in Toronto's Spadina Chinatown. My first memories of Canada was of snow and mint chocolate ice cream. In the years since, I have grown to enjoy one but hate the other.  

As a high school student in Scarborough, I was placed in a criminal and immigration law firm as part of a co-operative education programme. Through my time there (which expanded to cover the next ten years of my life), I fell in love with the practice of law - the courthouses, the people, and the countless stories. I worked with perspective immigrants with backgrounds so different from mine. Storekeepers from Guyana, security guards from Jamaica, students from the Philippines, healthcare workers from St. Vincent, a baker from St. Lucia. The list could go on, but each client's  journey to Canada made me reflect upon my own experience as an immigrant in this country. 

And so, I started my university career at the University of Toronto  with the aim of getting into law school.  Through some luck, some hard work, and some perseverance, I graduated from Osgoode Hall law school in 2013 and was called to the Ontario Bar in June, 2014. My academic career has allowed me to  research information for an intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada, and work alongside judges at the Ontario Court of Justice. 

I currently practice as an associate lawyer with Orange LLP, an immigration law firm in the heart of downtown Toronto. My practice areas are in criminal and immigration law.

In the decade since my co-op placement, I have had the privilege of playing an important role in many people's lives. It is only through them that I had the opportunity to prepare successful immigration applications, to argue motions  before criminal courts, and to litigate immigration appeals. I look forward to the many stories yet to come, and to the  privilege of serving my future clients in their legal matters.

I am currently a member in the following professional organizations:

  • Law Society of Upper Canada