Kelly Goldthorpe B.A., M.A., J.D.

Senior Associate


150 York Street, 5th Floor Toronto ON M5H 3S5 CA


Kelly Goldthorpe is a senior associate lawyer at Green and Spiegel, LLP in Toronto. Kelly manages accounts and relationships with major corporations, businesses and individuals to facilitate the movement of temporary foreign workers, business visitors and permanent residents. Kelly also assists clients in admissibility and enforcement matters, detention reviews, sponsorship appeals, alternative dispute resolutions and Federal Court judicial reviews. 

Kelly has written several articles for publication on timely immigration issues and has contributed to industry newsletters and publications. In November 2018, Kelly was honoured as a Lexpert Rising Star, a prestigious award for lawyers who are at the top of the legal profession.

Prior to embarking on her law career, Kelly worked as a Statistical Analyst at Statistics Canada in the Immigration and Ethnocultural Statistics section where she Published numerous articles about the economic and social conditions of Canadians and in particular, immigrants and visible minorities.


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2011
  • J.D. Osgoode Hall Law School, 2010
  • M.A. University of Toronto, 2006
  • B.A. University of Calgary, 2001


  • Vietnamese


  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario 
  • Immigration Section of the Ontario Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Forum


  • Board of Directors at University Settlement House, 2016 to present
  • Board of Directors of YWCA Toronto, 2019 to present
  • Canadian Bar Association Working Groups on NAFTA Consultations; Immigration Settlement Services Study; Citizenship, User Interface Working Group
  • Contributor to the Employment Section of the Lexis Practice Advisor


  • 2018 Lexpert Rising Star


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Notable Work

  • Ontario Bar Association, Citizenship and Immigration Law Article: I am Canadian: By Birth or By Choice, November 2, 2018
  • The Lawyer’s Daily
    • Access to Justice without access to funding: legal aid cuts – May 6, 2019
    • Immigration pathways for caregivers – March 15, 2019
    • Scoring work authorization: Immigration for athletes – February 7, 2019
    • Immigration with the stars: So you think you can work? – December 20, 2018
    • Canadian citizenship and the challenges of birth tourism – November 12, 2018
    • Judgment Day: The rise of AI in immigration – October 23, 2018
    • Legality of Canadian cannabis stops at the U.S. border – September 25, 2018
    • Express Entry 2018: By the numbers – September 7, 2018
    • The future of free trade: Labour market mobility in uncertain times – July 24, 2018 

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