Meet Our Team
Shira Kalfa is the founding partner of Kalfa Law.
Shira’s practice is focused in corporate-commercial and tax law including corporate reorganizations, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, commercial financing, secured lending and transactional law. Specializing in tax law, Shira provides her clients with advanced tax planning to minimize tax obligations, primarily for small business owners.
Shira graduated from York University achieving the highest academic accolade of Summa Cum Laude in 2012. She graduated from Western Law in 2015, with a specialization in business law. After several years of experience in one of the largest firms in central Ontario, Shira opened her own law practice in 2018.
Shira is licensed to practice by the Law Society of Ontario. She is also a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, Women’s Law Association of Ontario, and the Toronto Jewish Law Society. Shira also sits on the board of various not-for-profit organizations.
Shira is an avid dog lover and animal rights advocate, who donates a portion of the firm’s profits towards various domestic and international animal welfare initiatives.
James Alvarez is an associate lawyer & tax counsel with Kalfa Law.
James’ practice emphasizes tax controversies and litigation—disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency including audits, objections, and appeals to the Tax Court of Canada. He represents clients in both income tax and HST disputes, with particular emphasis on housing, small business issues, and derivative assessments. He is well versed in navigating the CRA’s administrative programs for taxpayer relief, voluntary disclosures, and collections. In addition to tax litigation, James works on cases that lie at the intersection between corporate & tax law.
Prior to joining Kalfa Law, James worked at a Toronto tax law firm, representing individuals, corporations, and trusts in disputes under the Canada Revenue Agency’s procedures, in the Tax Court of Canada, and in Federal Court. He also worked with Queen’s Legal Aid, assisting low-income clients with legal issues, including criminal and regulatory offences, social benefits, and housing.
James studied law at Queen’s University. While there, he was an associate editor at the Queen’s Law Journal, worked as a research assistant, and won the Queen’s Law Prize in advanced constitutional law. James is a lawyer licensed to practice in Ontario by the Law Society of Ontario. He is also a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation and the Canadian Bar Association.
James is a proud cat owner, who enjoys cooking, skiing, and playing squash.
Felix is an associate lawyer at Kalfa Law.
Felix’s practice is focused exclusively on corporate-commercial law, including the purchase and sale of businesses, secured lending transactions, commercial leasing and commercial contracts.
Prior to Kalfa Law, Felix practiced at a boutique, corporate-commercial firm with a focus on purchase and sale transactions for healthcare professionals and commercial lending transactions.
Felix graduated from Western Law in 2016. While studying law, Felix volunteered for the Family Law Project through Pro Bono Students Canada and at a legal clinic in St. Thomas, Ontario.
Felix is a lawyer licensed to practice law by the Law Society of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association.
Felix is a passionate Raptors fan, but also enjoys cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. In his spare time, Felix likes to stay active and spend time with his dog.
Ghazal Hamedani is an associate lawyer at Kalfa Law.
Ghazal’s practice is focused on corporate-commercial law, including business formations, corporate reorganizations, shareholder agreements, commercial contracts, the purchase and sale of businesses, as well as secured and unsecured lending transactions.
Prior to joining Kalfa Law, Ghazal worked at a fast-paced office in Toronto advising a wide variety of clients in mergers and acquisitions, private lending transactions and commercial real estate.
After graduating from University of Toronto with distinction, Ghazal completed her law studies with honours at Cardiff Law in 2017.
Ghazal is a lawyer licenced to practice law by the Law Society of Ontario. She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Ontario.
In her spare time, Ghazal enjoys snowboarding, catching up on her favorite Russian literature, and volunteering with various environmental foundations that focus on climate change and sustainable development.
Elisha is the founding director of Kalfa Law.
As CEO of several multi-million dollar corporations, Elisha was enlisted to manage the growth of Kalfa Law. Elisha brings his talents of personnel management, strong leadership, and focused vision to the development and growth of Kalfa Law. Prior to his business career, Elisha spent three years as a commander in the army’s special forces, where he gained tremendous leadership skills and a drive to achieve excellence.
With these attributes, Elisha has been key to the successful growth of Kalfa Law as a leading corporate commercial and tax law firm in Ontario.
Anna is a senior corporate-commercial law clerk and office manager at Kalfa Law, who provides critical operational support for our corporate and commercial divisions.
Anna graduated from Seneca College with a Legal Assistance diploma and High Honours Law Clerk Diploma.
After hours you can find Anna playing sports, attending a comedy show, or hiking around our beautiful city.
Baber is a tax law clerk and JD candidate at Kalfa Law.
Baber works in our tax department assisting our tax lawyers in preparing Voluntary Disclosure Applications, Taxpayer Relief Applications, and with Appeals, Audits and Objections within the CRA.
Baber’s passion for tax law was sparked by an advanced tax law professor at the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, where he received his Bachelor of Accounting (Honours) degree. He subsequently worked for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for several years.
After working in the federal public service for a number of years, Baber decided to pursue a career in law and is currently working towards completing his law degree at Western University, while working for Kalfa Law.
Baber loves reading as much as he loves to travel. In his downtime, he likes to spend time with family and friends, trying his hardest to beat them at board games.
Vanessa is a receptionist and office administrator at Kalfa Law.
Vanessa is dedicated to ensuring daily operations run smoothly at Kalfa Law. She assists both our corporate-commercial and tax departments in financial administration and other administrative matters. Vanessa also manages Kalfa Law’s social media and outreach campaigns.
Vanesa graduated with honours from the Humber College Public Relations Advanced Diploma program.
In her spare time, Vanessa is a foodie, who enjoys experiencing different restaurants and recreating recipes at home. She also enjoys adventure and travel to foreign locales across the world.
Sahar is a corporate-commercial law clerk, who provides assistance to the firm’s lawyers and clients in the establishment and organization of their minute books as well as other corporate matters.
Prior to her career at Kalfa Law, Sahar worked as a litigation law clerk and as a corporate assistant for one of the big seven firms in Canada.
Sahar graduated from Centennial College with a High Honours Law Clerk Diploma and was also the first to be awarded the Louise Winterstein Scholarship for her outstanding academic achievement.
Outside of work, Sahar enjoys spending time with her family and her two daughters.