Russ Weninger

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Address: 200-1055 20 Ave NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 1E7
Lawyer Firm: Weninger Zhang, Lawyers and Notaries Public
Phone: (403) 456-3977

First Year of Call2007
Areas of PracticeImmigration Law, Wills, Estates and Trusts
DescriptionI am one of the founding lawyers of the "full-service" firm, Weninger Zhang. I live in Calgary, practice primarily in the areas of immigration law and wills and estate planning, and am a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. I have long been attracted to immigration law because of the interesting and varied people I encounter as clients, since like many lawyers, I live vicariously through my clients. In my immigration practice, I represent clients on applications for permanent residence, temporary residence, and citizenship, and also do tribunal work for applications such as spousal sponsorship appeals and refugee claims. I previously practiced family law.Over the years, I have volunteered with several legal clinics, including those offered through Calgary Legal Guidance at Immigrant Services Calgary, the Centre for Newcomers, and the Genesis Centre. I have also volunteered at the Kerby Centre and have participated as a volunteer lawyer in Law Day activities with Pro Bono Law Alberta, both in Calgary and Fort McMurray. I enjoy speaking on immigration law and estate planning topics through events organized by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Immigrant Services Calgary, the Calgary Public Library, and Momentum. I am currently a member of the executive of the Canadian Bar Association immigration section for Southern Alberta and am a member of the executive of the elder law section for Southern Alberta. When not being a lawyer, I love travelling to nearby mountain destinations such as Canmore, Banff, Radium, and Waterton. I am attempting in vain to learn Japanese, and am looking forward to my next trip to Japan. Though rusty, I enjoy playing the piano, as well as taking in Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Honens piano events. I also spend way too much time watching Netflix. My partner, Hiroko, and I have a wonderful daughter, Natalie.

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Address: 1055 20 Ave NW #200, Calgary, AB T2M 1E7, Canada
Phone: (403) 456-3977
 Russ is a thoughtful, patient and caring lawyer. My husband and I got our wills done with him. He helped us navigate sensitive issues in a clear way. During our meeting he took the time to ask questions and raise possible concerns about some of our thoughts. He gave us examples of what other clients have done or reasoned out and the logic behind it. This is the first time we did our wills so we were unsure about some of our directives. He gave us scenarios for us to consider. We did ask for his advice and he truly did give us valuable feedback which we considered. He took his time and didn’t rush through any part of it. We would recommend him in heartbeat.
 Professional service from Russel and his team. I have used Russ several times to help with my successful Immigration application. The office is in a great location, just a few minutes drive away from downtown. I would highly recommend his services.
 Mr. Russ Weninger is a great professional and an amazing person. I had a consultation with him, he answered all my questions, explained everything in detail and helped me find a resolution to my problem. I strongly recommend his services.
 I used Mr. Weninger's services for a Permanent Resident Application for my spouse from Brazil. Mr. Weninger and his team were extremely helpful, gave us timely updates and helped us understand the entire process. They also helped us format and word our application in the best way possible and include the not so obvious things that increased the probability of success. It took a total of about 9 months to process and in June 2019, she was granted PR status! I strongly recommend working with a knowledgeable Immigration Lawyer like Mr. Weninger and would never have been able to put together such a strong application without the support of him and his legal team. Thanks very much to the whole team at Weninger Zhang!
 I first met Mr Russ Weninger through an email in 2016 which I asked a series of immigration questions after my legal confidant and friend Justice Donald Stewart passed suddenly. Mr Weninger answered all my questions in 24 hrs. In fact in all my dealings with Mr Weninger since 2016 he always answered all my questions in 24 hrs. Mr Weninger has aided me in a refugee claim and hearing, work permit applications and permanency resident applications. Mr Weninger took on my matter without hesitation. A file in which I should never be expected to win (an Australian citizen claiming refugee protection from Australia). I have dealt with 30 lawyers and counsels over the last 30 years. He was easily that lawyer that forensically went through his evidence, his submissions and his legal process. Russ and his team are second to none. Stevan Utah P.s This guy was so confident in his abilities and knowledge he said to me during a short recess at the close of my refugee hearing "if we lose this I will pro bono this all the way through the Supreme Court of Canada". Of course he was right, I am now a protected person.

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