Professional Résumé


  • Undergraduate studies (English, Philosophy, Commerce)(University of British Columbia) (1982-1986)
  • Law Degree (Juris Doctorate - JD)(Dalhousie Law School) (1986-1989)


  • Clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal (for Justice Heald) (1990-1991)
  • Articled, McCarthy Tétrault (1991-1992)
  • Founder, Suleman & Co., Immigration Lawyers (1992 – present)


  • 2017 Awarded the title of Queens Counsel (QC) by the Attorney General of British Columbia
  • 2017 Award of Excellence from the City of Vancouver, Diversity and Inclusion (Individual Category)
  • “Best Lawyer” for the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • “Leading Lawyer” by LEXPERT Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • “Best Immigration Lawyer” in Vancouver – by the Best of Georgia Straight Magazine 2011 (1st) and (2nd) in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Please note that when considering Awards, it is important to remember that each award issuing group has its own standards. Some standards are rigorous, some are less so. When choosing a lawyer, do not do so on the basis of awards won, but after having spoken to the lawyer and hearing the specific advice they have which applies to your case. Choose based on a personal interview, not on a history of awards.


  • Law Society of British Columbia (Licensed Lawyer) (1992 – present)
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL)
  • Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)

Community Involvement

  • Conference organizer and/or panelist for Continuing Legal Education of BC, Canadian Bar Association, Insight, Amnesty International, Peace Geeks, MOSAIC, and other various immigration/refugee/settlement organizations
  • Media reference/commentator (regional, national, international) on immigration/refugee/migration issues for CBC; CTV; Huffingtonpost; Rabble; McLean’s Magazine; Roundhouse Radio; Hollywood Reporter; Billboard Magazine; Vice; Vancouver Sun; Globe and Mail; Georgia Straight; NPR; National Observer; This Magazine; Vancouver Tyee; Metro News; Toronto Star; Co-op Radio, National Post, and others.
  • Founding Member, Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline
  • Sessional Law Instructor, Douglas College
  • Chair/Member, Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration (MWGI) for the City of Vancouver
  • Board of Directors, Metropolis British Columbia, Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Diversity
  • Guest lecturer at various institutions including University of Windsor Law School, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University.

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