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Practicing immigration law is a very personal profession for me. My parents both immigrated from Germany in the 1960s, so my sister and I are first-generation Americans. My wife was born in Russia, and has since become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Our two children are growing up in a multicultural Russian-German-American household, and I believe that they benefit from it. Having such real-life connections with the immigration experience allows me to understand my clients' concerns and perspectives to a personal degree. My many years of experience with all kinds of employment-based and family-based immigration matters have provided me with a great deal of knowledge and comfort in representing my clients to an exceptionally high standard.


Languages spoken: German, English

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Leslie A. Margolies

    Ralf is extremely knowledgeable and well respected in the field of immigration law and I would highly recommend him to any individual or company who needs a lawyer with immigration expertise.


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Contact info

Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP

123 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19109-1029


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Honorary Consul in PhiladelphiaGerman Missions in the U.S.2012 - Present
AssociateMontgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP2007 - Present
Senior AssociateKlasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP2004 - 2007
AssociateDechert LLP2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consular Corps Association of PhiladelphiaSecretary2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tran v. Gonzales, Attorney GeneralThe court granted our petition for review.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Legal IntelligencerPrepare Now for the Timely Filing of Your H-1B Petitions2007
The Legal IntelligencerAnnual H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Just Eight Weeks2006
The Legal IntelligencerQuotas May Wreak Havoc on U.S. Business Immigration2005
The Legal IntelligencerAnalyzing the Proposed Overhaul of H-2B Short-Term Visa Program2004
The Legal IntelligencerHouse Intelligence Bill Contains Due Process Restrictions2003
The Legal IntelligencerHomeland Security Act Heralds Dramatic Change2002
The Legal IntelligencerIntracompany Transferees and Visa Options2002
Global Immigration Guide — Crossing Borders for BusinessIntracompany Transferees for International Companies in the United States2002
Bender’s Labor & Employment BulletinChanges to Labor Condition Application Regulations Affect Employers of Temporary Foreign Professionals2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Valparaiso UniversityBroadcast JournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts, with distinction1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GNPCC Annual ExpoInternational Trade with Germany2013