Joel Etienne


Various areas of practice including but not limited to Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Family Law and Immigration Law

Joel Etienne
(416) 800-1783 Ext: 105

Originally from New Brunswick, Joel began his legal studies at the University of Montreal before graduating from the University of Moncton Faculty of Law in 1999. For the past 20 years, Joel has been practicing criminal litigation and regulatory law at an expert level. As such, he is a frequent guest on CBC Radio and Television, educating the public on all aspects of litigation. In 2012, he founded EME Professional Corp with Dov Maierovitz and has since continued his legal work as an experienced, trial-tested lawyer. Father of two, Joel is happy to communicate with clients in French, English, and Spanish.

Joel is a typically hectic Toronto area Lawyer: On average, he works 15-20 hour days, and loves being busy. Joel started out in litigation, representing clients at murder trials and immigration court cases. The immigration law practice he built would eventually open thousands of files a year. As Joel’s new Canadian clients became extremely successful, Joel became involved with many other fields of law and commerce including investments, real estate development, condo building/construction law, family law, commercial litigation and civil litigation.

A typical week for Joel? Project managing teams of lawyers from around the globe on multi-billion dollar high-tech litigation, helping clients close deals on hundred-million-dollar real estate transactions and hotel portfolios, or negotiating and helping to protect clients in complex multi-jurisdictional prosecutions.  

Joel’s first love has always been human rights, and although commercial law matters and pursuits keep him very busy, Joel continues to dedicate countless pro bono and volunteer hours to matters that advance freedoms and liberties for individuals facing injustice and marginalization. His television series "Rising Suns" is one such attempt to work towards bringing new diversity to television and to help find a new way to tell new immigrant stories in a dramatic television setting.