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Jonathan Aaron Bartell

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About me

I have lived the immigration process and not many lawyers can say that. My first exposure to the complexities of US immigration law occurred when I was empoyed by the United Nations High Commission of Refugees in a refugee camp in Thailand. In the mid 90's the immigration laws changed drastically, penalyzing families in the camp who had already been approved to live in the US for engaging in certain, how can i say, illicit behaviors.  Admissions were enough to disqualify families from being allowed to enter the US. This struck me as unfair and very unAmerican. It was during this period of time that i wanted to help those who were stuck in the immigration web. 


My further contact with immigration law occurred some years later, again before i was an attorney when i petitioned for my wife for her residency in the United States. 


Languages spoken: Thai, Lao, Russian, Arabic, Ukrainian, Spanish, Hebrew, French

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 90%
    16 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    16 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Elliot M.S. Yi

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    Elliot Yi Immigration Attorney
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  • Gregory Patrick Sheehan

    I endorse this lawyer. He truly has a diverse skill set and has established himself in a niche where very few practice, yet many clients find themselves. This could exactly the firm you are looking for.


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Contact info

820 West Superior Ave
Suite 800
Cleveland, OH, 44113

The Law Offices of Jonathan A. Bartell, LLC

700 West St. Clair Ave, Suite 214
Cleveland, OH, 44113-1274



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Superstar 2008Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Law Offices of Jonathan A. Bartell, LLC2004 - Present
AssociateMichael Peterson & Associates2000 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Francispositive
State v. Krotinenot guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Ithaca CollegeHuman Resource MgmtBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
OACDL Superstars SeminrRepresenting Non-citizens in Criminal cases2009