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Margaret Wai Wong

Practice areas:

Immigration, Asylum, Litigation

About Me

In more than 25 years of practice, Margaret Wong has built Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., L.P.A. into a firm nationally and internationally renowned for its knowledge in immigration and nationality law. She is the current co-chair of the Immigration Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and chair of the Cleveland Bar Association's Immigration Law Section.


Ms. Wong has received the highest rating, AV, from Martindale-Hubbell, based on both legal ability and general-ethics standards. Her peers have named her a "Leading Lawyer," an exclusive list that has been published in Inside Business Magazine since 2001. She is listed as a 2004 "Super Lawyer" in Cincinnati Magazine, a distinction reserved for the top 5% of lawyers. She has also been listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America."


Because of her personal experience as an immigrant, Margaret Wong combines qualities Americans admire: an immigrant's work ethic, an entrepreneur's drive, a keen sense of resourcefulness, and the utmost compassion for those in need. In 1950, Margaret Wong was born in the former British Colony of Hong Kong. Months earlier, her Chinese parents fled the political repression and civil war caused by the Communist takeover of China.


Based on her own experience of obtaining a green card and U.S. citizenship under U.S. immigration law, Margaret Wong recognized that companies and individuals need sound guidance in this highly regulated, seemingly arcane, and sometimes frustrating regulatory area. She founded Margaret W. Wong & Associates with one desk and no secretary. Her practice now includes six attorneys and 35 other staff members.


Over the last two decades Margaret Wong has helped employers obtain work permits for their executives and has assisted thousands of people in coming to the United States to become permanent residents, advance their educations, work, and pursue opportunities. Her clients come from every country around the world, from every walk of life, and range from governmental and corporate to ordinary people. The law firm's talented team handles every kind of immigration problem; its staff is multilingual, with proficiency in languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Tagalog, Russian, Spanish, French, German and Japanese. Executives and large law firms seek her help when they have tough immigration problems. She is known for speed, quality, honesty and persistence.


She has won numerous awards, including two for philanthropy - the Margaret Ireland Award from the Cleveland Women's City Club and the 1997 Creative Philanthropy Award from the Women's Community Foundation. Crain's Cleveland Business has named her to their "Women of Influence" list and Cleveland Magazine has included her with its "Most Interesting People." Margaret Wong also received the highly coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998 for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the multicultural fabric of the United States. She was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 2000. Other honors and awards include an Outstanding Alumni Award from State University of New York at Buffalo, the Trailblazer Award from NAPABA, Kent State University's Social Responsibility Award, and the Leadership Award from the United Black Fund.


Margaret Wong is a civic leader who educates and inspires others. While she was serving as the first Asian-American president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Cleveland chapter won the coveted Chapter Activity Award. The Ohio Supreme Court appointed her a charter member of the Continuing Legal Education Commission for attorneys, where she is currently serving as a member of its Racial Task Force. She has presented numerous seminars on immigration and naturalization law for bar associations and the public. Committed to giving something back to the community and to mentoring young professionals, Ms. Wong has volunteered her time and expertise on boards of diverse organizations, including Notre Dame College, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Northeast Ohio Commission on Higher Education, Cleveland Bar Foundation, Ohio State Bar Foundation, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asian Bar Association, Town Hall, University Hospitals Health System, St. Vincent Hospital Health Care System, United Way Services, and the Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University Law School Advisory Boards. Ms. Wong is also a life member of both the Eighth Judicial District Court and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court. Margaret is also an Urban League Board Member and VP.


Ms. Wong has offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; and Nashville, TN. She is admitted for practice in Ohio, New York, Illinois, Georgia, District of Columbia and Michigan.

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Languages Spoken: Mandarin

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1977

  1. Immigration: 70%
    38 years
  2. Asylum: 20%
    38 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    38 years

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Marisela Joan Marquez

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Marisela Marquez Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Bao Q. Nguyen

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Bao Nguyen Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Margaret Wong and Associates LLC

3150 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH, 44114

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200908/17/2015
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200808/22/2015
MIActive And In Good Standing200608/06/2015
OHActive197708/10/2015
NYCurrently registered 197703/13/2015
DCInactive 198005/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top LawyerColumbus CEO Magazine2014
AABA Catalyst AwardNAPABA2014
Lifetime Achievement AwardNiagara Peace & Dialogue Award2014
International Service Award from Rotary Club of ClevelandRotary Club2014
Haeckel Award (highest honor for outstanding alumni)State University NY at Buffalo2013
US News Tier 1 Best Law FirmMartindale-Hubbell2013
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in “Immigration LawMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2008
Super LawyerCincinnati Magazine2004
ListedBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorCase Western Reserve University College Of Law2011 - 2013
PrincipalMargaret Wong & Associates Co Lpa1986 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Immigration Law CommitteeCo-chairN/A
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Immigration Law SectionChairN/A
Federal Bar Association (Cleveland Chapter)Past PresidentN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Matter of AdamiakConviction Vacated
Mandebvu v. HolderAsylum Granted
Singh v. GonzalesGranted and Remanded

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
American Immigration, LLC (ILW.com)The Immigrant's Way: For All Immigrants, By An Immigrant2010

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Western Illinois UniversityChemistryBS - Bachelor of Science1973

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Young Presidents OrganizationSpeaker on Immigration Issues2013
Jose Vargas Town Hall EventSpeaker2013
GraduationCommencement Speaker at Lincoln West High School2013
Asian Pacific American HeritageKeynote Speaker2013
AABA with Justin Goodwin LiuSpeaker and Sponsor for the Gala at College Club2013
International Women Day ConferenceKeynote SpeakerN/A
International Hall of FameKeynote SpeakerN/A