Cecil L. Rotenberg Q.C., Barrister and Solicitor
Cecil L. Rotenberg, more frequently referred to as “The
Senior Statesman of Canadian immigration and Canadian immigration
law,” was called to the Ontario Bar in 1959. Mr. Rotenberg
has had the distinction of being appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor
of Ontario as a “Queen’s Counsel,” a senior recognition
of conscientious service to clients in the capacity of advocate.
The Law Society of Upper Canada has certified Mr. Rotenberg as a “specialist
in the area of immigration law.” For the last several years,
Mr. Rotenberg has been a Member-at-Large of the Immigration Section
of the Canadian Bar association. Quite fittingly, Mr. Rotenberg has
earned a professional designation in the practice of immigration
Cecil L. Rotenberg, Q.C.
Specialist in Immigration Law
Today, Mr. Rotenberg is qualified to practice law in the United
Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong, as well as in the
Province of Ontario.
In 1985, Mr. Rotenberg founded the Immigration Law Reporter, a scholarly
professional law journal that deals exclusively with matters of immigration.
The journal was acquired in 1988 by the authoritative legal publishing
firm of Carswell Publications, who then appointed Mr. Rotenberg as
its Chief Editor.
Mr. Rotenberg has sponsored numerous lectures on the matters of
professional ethics and immigration at the behest of the Law Society
of Upper Canada. He has also authored and delivered several papers
on important current issues pertaining to immigration law.
Mr. Rotenberg has appeared on behalf of immigration clients before
both the Trial and Appellate Divisions of the Federal Court of Canada,
and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is recognized as an active civil
rights advocate of people who wish to immigrate to Canada.
As a counsel in the courts, Mr. Rotenberg has participated as lead
counsel in the Muliandi case, which brought into play the principle
of procedural fairness in decisions to award visas. He was also responsible
for the Chen case in the Supreme Court of Canada, which focused on
the use of discretion in awarding visas. In fact, whenever there
is innovation in Canadian immigration law, Mr. Rotenberg is usually
If Mr. Rotenberg is not in the Toronto office working on the specifics
of immigration for a client, he can be found just about anywhere
in the world, either attending to client needs or developing new
opportunities for future immigration to Canada.
When not working, Mr. Rotenberg enjoys collecting antiques, particularly
glass pieces. He is in the gym almost every day by 6 a.m. doing scheduled
exercises. He is an avid gardener, and when he can find the time,
he enjoys cruising and fishing aboard his boat, “Stripes.” Mr.
Rotenberg currently resides in Toronto, where he is a married father
of 6 children and a proud grandfather of 6 grandchildren.