Daniel Kingwell

Partner, Immigration Lawyer

Helping our clients cross borders for over 30 years. We are a full-service Canadian and US immigration law firm

Daniel is a partner at MSK LLP, where he has been for almost two decades. While he represents clients in all aspects of Canadian immigration law, he loves the litigation side, and spends most of his days in court, or preparing to do so.

After graduating from Queen’s University with an undergraduate degree in History and Politics, Daniel went to Osgoode Hall Law School. There, he developed a keen interest in clinical work while representing and organizing tenants at Parkdale Community Legal Services. Aspiring to represent workers, he accepted an articling position at Koskie Minsky, a leading union-side labour firm.

Daniel’s goal was to represent vulnerable clients in the most fundamental and important aspects of their lives, and he ultimately found this in his true passion, immigration law. Taking a year away from school to work in South Korea, he returned with a global perspective. In his last year at Osgoode, he won the prize in Immigration Law and finished in the top 10% of his graduating class. After completing his articles and being called to the Ontario Bar in 2001, he accepted an associate position with Mamann & Associates, and hasn’t looked back.

Daniel became a partner at Mamann Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP in 2012. At MSK LLP, Daniel is one of the heads of the firm’s thriving litigation department. A primary focus of his practice is on the Federal Court, where for almost two decades he has argued applications for leave and judicial review, as well as motions for stays of removal. He has also argued hundreds of cases at the Immigration and Refugee Board, including appeals of removal orders, residency and sponsorship determinations at the Immigration Appeal Division, admissibility hearings and detention reviews at the Immigration Division, and refugee claims and appeals at the Refugee Protection Division and Refugee Appeal Division. His practice has since branched out into civil litigation in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court, where he has sought civil remedies for clients who have been wrongfully arrested and detained.

In each and every case, Daniel prides himself for focusing on his clients’ needs. He understands that their ability to enter or remain in Canada is at the core of their lives, and he is prepared to fight for them to be with their family, their community, and their employment or business. He begins every client relationship with a careful description of their options, and an honest appraisal of both the prospect of success and the fees involved. It is vitally important to him that his clients make the decision to proceed with their eyes open, fully informed. Once retained, his experience and his command of the facts and law help him achieve the best possible results for his clients. More broadly, he has been involved in leading litigation to advance the interests of the broader immigrant community.

Daniel loves discussing immigration law and policy, speaking regularly at conferences and clinics. His comments and cases have been cited by all major Canadian newspapers and networks, as well as US news outlets including CBS and the Washington Post.

Outside of work, Daniel is a diehard baseball and hockey fan, loves travelling the world with his spouse, and is working hard on his Korean language skills.