Call for FREE phone consult. 20+ yrs exp,, AV-rated, listed in "Best Lawyers in America," co-authored acclaimed book, "Immigrant, Inc." Recognized in "Super Lawyer" Magazine. We blend experience with compassion to help you navigate complex immigration law.
Richard and his team work in all immigration areas:
marriage green cards, H-1B visas, family immigration, business immigration, Hardship Waivers, I-601, I-212, I-130, I-485, I-129F fiancée visa, J-1 Physician Waivers, Physician Green Cards, EB-5 Investor Green Cards, EB-5 Regional Center licenses, E-2 investors, E-1, L-1, R-1, B-1 or B-2, tourist visa extension, O and P visas, F-1 Student Visas, I-9 Compliance and E-Verify, NAFTA visas, I-140 employment-based Green Cards ( EB-3, EB-2, E-1), Labor Certification, National Interest Waiver, Outstanding Ability, Outstanding Researcher, Outstanding Professor, H-1C Nurse Visas, diversity and global business consulting.
Richard is one of the architects of a national movement to revitalize America’s economy through federal and local policies which attract job-creating, high-skilled, entrepreneurial and investorimmigrantsto distressed regions of the country, particularly in the Midwest.
Richard is the co-author of the internationally-acclaimed book, Immigrant, Inc. ---Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (John Wiley & Sons, 2009; short video), a powerful interweaving of success stories and research which will forever change the way you look at immigrants ---- and America.
Richard speaks around the country on behalf of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative, Partnership for a New American Economy, a national coalition of over 400 CEOs and mayors who make the case that smart immigration makes America stronger and economically more vibrant.
Richard has appeared on FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), ABC News 20/20, National Public Radio, affiliates of NBC, CBS, and ABC, and has been interviewed by numerous television and radio stations around the U.S.
Richard has appeared in USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., PC World, Computerworld, CIO, TechCrunch, Washington Times, San Francisco Chronicle, InformationWeek, Journal of Corporate Recruiting, National Lawyers Weekly, Richard Florida and the Creative Class Exchange, Site Selection, and newspapers and magazines around the world.
Richard is the President of the Herman Legal Group, a nationwide immigration and business law firm based in Cleveland and Columbus, serving a global clientele in over 10 languages.
Richard has consistently been acknowledged as a “Super Lawyer” and “Leading Lawyer” in the immigration field by various business publications. In the field of immigration law, Richard is “AV-Rated,” the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review conducted by lawyers and judges. Richard isadmitted to the Ohio Bar; the U.S. Federal District Court, Northern District of Ohio; and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.
A fierce advocate for his clients and for immigration law reform, Richard is a nationally-renowned commentator on immigration, global diversity and international business.
Richard has been invited to prestigious forums around the country, from Silicon Valley to our nation’s capital, to talk about immigration law and the many ways that immigrants help strengthen America’s economy.
Richard is the co-founder of TiE-Ohio, a chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs Association based in Silicon Valley. He is also a co-founder of Global Detroit, and is the co-author of the high skill immigration policy of the Metropolitan Chambers of Commerce (30 Chambers in Great Lakes Region). Richard is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, speaks Russian, and is a former resident of Moscow, Russia where he practiced law for nearly two years.
On a personal note, Richard is married to Dr. Kimberly Chen, a physician born in Taiwan. They are raising their children, Nathan (9) and Isabella (8), to be citizens of the world.
Languages Spoken: Russian
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Richard is an outstanding advocate for anyone seeking to naturalize to the U.S. or wanting to obtain any permit or visa, and his expertise in immigration is second to none. His consistent work speaks of integrity, intelligence, and service to every client. Ask advice from Richard with confidence. Highly recommend Richard's services.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Super Lawyer||Cincinnati Magazine||2011|
|Cincinnati and Goverment Magazine||Super Lawyer||2010|
|Inside Business Magazine||Leading Lawyer||2010|
|Leading Lawyer||Inside Business Magazine||2009|
|Special recognition||Legal Aid Society of Cleveland||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Cinncinnati and Government Magazine||2009|
|Special Recognition for volunteering||El Centro||2009|
|Leading Lawyer||Inside Business Magazine||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Cinncinnati and Politics Magazine||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Cincinnati and Politics Magazine||2007|
|Leading Lawyer||Inside Business Magazine||2007|
|Leading Lawyer||Inside Business Magazine||2006|
|Super Lawyer||Cincinnati and Politics Magazine||2006|
|Executive Order of Ohio Commodore||Governor of Ohio||2006|
|Leading Lawyer||Inside Business Magazine||2005|
|Diversity Achievement||Mayor Jane Campbell, City of Cleveland||2005|
|Legal Advisor||On Leong Chinese Merchants Associatio||2005|
|Super Lawyer||Cincinnati and Politics Magazine||2004|
|Special Recognition||Vietnamese American Association||2004|
|Leading Lawyer||Inside Business Magazine||2004|
|Leading Lawyer||Inside Business Magazine||2003|
|Special Recognition||Cuyahoga County Commissioners||2002|
|Special Recognition||Community Relations Board, City of Cleveland||2002|
|Special Recognition||Congressman Sherrod Brown||2002|
|Leading Lawyer||Inside Business Magazine||2002|
|Special Recognition||Congressman Stephanie Tubbs Jones||2002|
|Special Recognition||American Nationalities Movement||2002|
|Hispanic of the Year||U.S. Senator George Voinovich||2002|
|Special Recognition||Mayor of Cleveland||2002|
|Special Recognition||Vietnamese American Association of Cleveland||2001|
|Recognition||Vietnamese Association of Cleveland||2000|
|Special Recognition||Republican Ethnic Heritage Committee||1999|
|Special Recognition||Cleveland Mayor Michael White||1999|
|Founder, Principal, Attorney||Herman Legal Group||1995 - Present|
|Immigration Attorney||White & Associates||1993 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Global Detroit||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|TiE Ohio -- The Immigrant Entrepreneur Association||Co-Founder, Chair||2009 - 2012|
|Cleveland Council on World Affairs||Trustee||2007 - 2010|
|Legal Aid Society of Clevleand||Board Member||2006 - 2009|
|Cuyahoga County Bar Association||Board Member||2005 - 2008|
|Global Issues Resource Center||Board Member||2003 - 2005|
|Immigrant & Minority Business Alliance||Co-Founder, Trustee||2002 - 2007|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||1996 - 2011|
|National Arab American Business Associates||Member||N/A|
|Ohio Hispanic Bar Associates||Member||N/A|
|Ly v. Hansen, 351 F.3d 263 (2003)||prevailed on requiring a bond determination|
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|Governing||The Resource That We're Throwing Away: Entrepreneurial Immigrants||2015|
|Crain's Cleveland||Cleveland Must Be Better at Attracting Immigrants||2012|
|AOL News||Quick & Cheap Way to Create New JObs||2010|
|AOL News||Why We Need More Skilled Immigrants, But Can't Get Them||2010|
|Cleveland Plain Dealer||A Dying City Must Attract Immigrants||2010|
|Book --Wiley & Sons||Immigrant, Inc. --- Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy||2009|
|University of Cincinnati||Political Science & English Literature||Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|Case Western Reserve University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Numerous Conference & Speeches||Immigration Reform||2012|
|Hispanic Leadership Conference||Immigrants -- Making America Stronger||2012|
|Need for Immigration reform||Think Like an Immigrant||2011|
|Immigrant Entrepreneurship Summit||Immigrant Entrepreneurs||2011|
|National Immigrant Integration Conference||Immigration Reform||2010|
|Immigrants Can Save Northeast Ohio||Immigrants Can Save Northeast Ohio||2010|
|Facing the Fire||New Alliances||2005|