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Richard Thomas Herman

Richard Thomas Herman

also known as Herman Legal Group, LLC

About me

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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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 90%
    22 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Sexual Harassment: 5%
    16 years, 30 cases
  3. International Law: 5%
    22 years, 50 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Alexander Edward Gertsburg

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Alexander Gertsburg Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Alma Lourdes Sove

    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.


    Alma Sove Wills & Living Wills Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Richard T Herman Esq

815 East Superior Avenue
Suite 1225
Cleveland, OH, 44114

Herman Legal Group

1415 East Dublin Granville Road
Suite 112
Columbus, OH, 43229

Herman Legal Group

7301 Schaefer Road
Suite 103
Dearborn, MI, 48126



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerCincinnati Magazine2011
Cincinnati and Goverment MagazineSuper Lawyer2010
Inside Business MagazineLeading Lawyer2010
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2009
Special recognitionLegal Aid Society of Cleveland2009
Super LawyerCinncinnati and Government Magazine2009
Special Recognition for volunteeringEl Centro2009
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2008
Super LawyerCinncinnati and Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerCincinnati and Politics Magazine2007
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2007
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2006
Super LawyerCincinnati and Politics Magazine2006
Executive Order of Ohio CommodoreGovernor of Ohio2006
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2005
Diversity AchievementMayor Jane Campbell, City of Cleveland2005
Legal AdvisorOn Leong Chinese Merchants Associatio2005
Super LawyerCincinnati and Politics Magazine2004
Special RecognitionVietnamese American Association2004
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2004
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2003
Special RecognitionCuyahoga County Commissioners2002
Special RecognitionCommunity Relations Board, City of Cleveland2002
Special RecognitionCongressman Sherrod Brown2002
Leading LawyerInside Business Magazine2002
Special RecognitionCongressman Stephanie Tubbs Jones2002
Special RecognitionAmerican Nationalities Movement2002
Hispanic of the YearU.S. Senator George Voinovich2002
Special RecognitionMayor of Cleveland2002
Special RecognitionVietnamese American Association of Cleveland2001
RecognitionVietnamese Association of Cleveland2000
Special RecognitionRepublican Ethnic Heritage Committee1999
Special RecognitionCleveland Mayor Michael White1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder, Principal, AttorneyHerman Legal Group1995 - Present
Immigration AttorneyWhite & Associates1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Global DetroitBoard Member2010 - Present
TiE Ohio -- The Immigrant Entrepreneur AssociationCo-Founder, Chair2009 - 2012
Cleveland Council on World AffairsTrustee2007 - 2010
Legal Aid Society of ClevleandBoard Member2006 - 2009
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationBoard Member2005 - 2008
Global Issues Resource CenterBoard Member2003 - 2005
Immigrant & Minority Business AllianceCo-Founder, Trustee2002 - 2007
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1996 - 2011
National Arab American Business AssociatesMemberN/A
Ohio Hispanic Bar AssociatesMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ly v. Hansen, 351 F.3d 263 (2003)prevailed on requiring a bond determination
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of CincinnatiPolitical Science & English LiteratureBachelor of Arts1987
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Numerous Conference & SpeechesImmigration Reform2012
Hispanic Leadership ConferenceImmigrants -- Making America Stronger2012
Need for Immigration reformThink Like an Immigrant2011
Immigrant Entrepreneurship SummitImmigrant Entrepreneurs2011
National Immigrant Integration ConferenceImmigration Reform2010
Immigrants Can Save Northeast OhioImmigrants Can Save Northeast Ohio2010
Facing the FireNew Alliances2005