Borderlines Podcast Episode 21 – What a Thirty Year Career as an Immigration Lawyer was Like, with Darryl Larson

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Last updated on October 24th, 2020

Darryl Larson practiced immigration law in Vancouver, British Columbia for almost thirty years. He was a former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association of British Columbia’s Immigration Section, counsel to both individuals and corporations, at one point represented China’s most wanted fugitive, and successfully implemented a succession plan when he retired in 2018.

In this episode Peter, Steven, Deanna and Darryl discuss Darryl’s career as an immigration lawyer in a candid discussion about what practicing immigration law is like.

00:51 – Why did Darryl get into immigration law? (Darryl’s answer really becomes a tale of his move from Edmonton to Vancouver).

8:20 – Who were Darryl’s initial clients? How did Darryl get his initial clients?

11:15 – What was practicing immigration law like in the 1990s compared to what it’s like now?  Was the introduction of the IRPA really that big a game changer?

18:15 – What steps did Darryl take to become an expert in the area of immigration?

20:00 – How did Darryl go from practicing mainly immigration enforcement to developing a corporate immigration practice?

22:30 – What were some of Darryl’s most memorable cases?

37:45 – How did some of those cases change Darryl’s perspective on being an immigration lawyer.

41:00 – What did the last ten years of Darryl’s practice look like? How did succession planning work?

43:00 – What would Darryl say to people looking to enter the immigration field?

44:00 – Did Darryl encourage his kids to go to law school?

44:55 – Where does Darryl see the profession going in the next 4-5 years?

48:50 – What things does Darryl think he did right?

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