Melo Law Team
Working with you and for you!
At Melo Law, we strive to deliver a level of legal service like non-other. We are passionate about the legal system and helping clients achieve their legal goals.
Paola Melo, B.A Hons., LL.B
Lawyer, Notary Public and Founder of Melo Law
About Paola Melo
Paola was born in Colombia and immigrated with her family to Canada when she was nine years old. After graduating from High School, Paola pursued her post-secondary studies at Carleton University, where she studied Criminology and Social Justice, with a concentration in Law and minor in Sociology.
Before attending law school, Paola worked as a law clerk and office administrator at Bondy Immigration Law from 2008 to 2010. It was through her work at Bondy Immigration Law that she decided to pursue a career in law. Paola received her LL.B from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
After completing her studies, she returned to Canada and continued to work at Bondy Immigration Law as a law student while preparing her requirements with the National Committee of Accreditation to be licensed to practice law in Canada. She also articled at Bondy Immigration Law.
Paola briefly worked at an Engineering firm in the legal department and then went to work at The Centre For Spanish Speaking Peoples Legal Clinic before deciding to open Melo Law. Paola has participated in public talks concerning immigration matters and has been a guest speaker in Radio Shows.
In her career, Paola has represented clients from different backgrounds and different legal needs. Aside from assisting clients with their immigration needs, she also supports companies with their business affair needs.
Paola is very passionate about social justice issues and community service. She presently volunteers at the Women's Centre in Oakville giving Pro Bono advise on immigration matters. While attending law school, she served as the Treasurer of the Canadian Law Society and as an advisor at the University of Leicester’s Pro Bono Clinic.
Paola is fluent in English and Spanish and conversant in French. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Paola is a member of the Refugee Lawyers’ Association and the Canadian and Ontario Bar Association.
Leslie M. Anderson,
B.A Hons. , LL.B
Lawyer and Notary Public
About Leslie Anderson
Leslie Anderson has practiced almost exclusively in the field of immigration and refugee law since 2011. She regularly represents clients before visa offices, the Federal Court and the Immigration and Refugee Board including the Refugee Protection Division, the Immigration Division and the Immigration Appeal Division.
Leslie is currently the staff lawyer at the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples, a non-profit, charitable organization featuring a full legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario, settlement services, a domestic violence program, HIV/AIDS prevention programming, and LGBTQ, youth and elder services.
She received her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2008 and has a B.A. from Carleton University with a double major in Human Rights and Women’s Studies. Prior to her current role as immigration counsel, Leslie was counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General and at the federal Department of Justice.
Leslie gives regular public talks on immigration matters, and she has been interviewed by a variety of print and radio media sources including the CBC, Canadian Press, Voces Latinas and Correo Canadiense.
Leslie was elected to the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council for Refugees in 2018. She is also the current co-chair of the Inter-Clinic Immigration Working Group. She sat on the Board of Directors for West Toronto Community Legal Services from 2012 to 2016. She is a member of the Refugee Lawyers’ Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.
Leslie is fluent in English and Spanish. She is known for her open, comfortable manner and her commitment to helping clients realize their Canadian dreams. When not working, Leslie enjoys flamenco dancing, playing her ukulele and spending time with her young children.