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Richard Thomas Herman

Immigration Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   32 reviews

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    95%
    23+ immigration exp. Listed in “Best Lawyers in America,” AV-Rated. Marriage green card, fiancée visa, work visa, investment visa, J-1 waiver, I-601 hardship waiver, L-1, R-1, TN , labor certification, NIW, citizenship, asylum, deportation, bond

    29 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Asylum
    5%
    All aspects of asylum-related claims: affirmative asylum (I-589) filed with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service; defensive asylum, withholding of removal, convention against torture relief (I-589), filed with U.S. Immigration Court, BIA, Circuit

    29 years, 500 cases

Thank you for visiting the Herman Legal Group, an innovative immigration law firm serving Ohio, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Buffalo,  Charlotte, Chicago, NYC, Dallas and Miami.  To talk to Richard Herman about your immigration case, call to schedule an appointnment by calling 1-800-808-4013, or 216-696-6170, or by booking online   https://www.lawfirm4immigrants.com/book-consultation/ .  Richard Herman is a nationally-known immigration lawyer with 28 yrs exp,, AV-rated, recognized in U.S. World News & Report's "Best Lawyers in America," co-authored acclaimed book, "Immigrant, Inc."  As highlighted in this feature article in "Super Lawyer" Magazine. Richard and his team blend experience with compassion to help you navigate complex immigration law.  We work hard and we work for YOU!

Richard’s poignant commentary has been sought out by many national media outlets, including New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), National Public Radio, Inc., National Lawyers Weekly, PC World, Computerworld, CIO, TechCrunch, Washington Times, San Francisco Chronicle and InformationWeek.

Richard's dedicated and caring team include Attorney Charmaine Rozarion, Attorney Vania Stefanova, Attorney Frank Krajenke (Of Counsel),  Attorney Luis Villarroel (Of Counsel), Chief Paralegal Connie Cook, Paralegal Jose Matheus, Paralegal Elaine Tai, Paralegal Olga Sonis.  

The Herman Legal Gorup works in all immigration areas: 

Marriage green cards, Fiancee Visas, H-1B visas, deportation defense, 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, EB-1), Labor Certification, National Interest Waiver, Outstanding Ability, Outstanding Researcher, Outstanding Professor Green Cards

In 2016, the Herman Legal Group was awarded the designation of “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report in the field of immigration law.  For 10 years in a row, Richard has been acknowledged as a “Super Lawyer” and “Leading Lawyer” by various business publications. In 2015 and 2016, based on his longstanding work in immigration law, Richard has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Partnered with U.S. News & World Report, the Best Lawyer lists are published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times.  

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 is “AV-Rated,” the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review conducted by lawyers and judges.  Richard received the “Client’s Choice Award” and top rating of “10” by the law website AVVO.  

Richard is admitted to the Ohio Bar; the U.S. Federal District Court, N. District of Ohio; and the U.S. 6th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.

Richard is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and is a former trustee of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association and Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. 

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 investorimmigrants to distressed regions of the country, particularly in the Midwest.

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 served as a speaker and contributing writer to Governing Magazine, the premier publication for local government leaders around the country.  

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 (14) and Isabella (12), to be citizens of the world.

 Come visit your Ohio & Michigan Immigration Lawyers.  Richard is the President of the Herman Legal Group, an immigration law firm with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Akron and Toledo, serving a global clientele in over 10 languages. 

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http://www.superlawyers.com/ohio/lawfirm/Richard-Herman-Cleveland-Immigration-Lawyer/034e984e-5b5c-412d-935f-6ef48a7c352f.html

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Licensed for 29 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/14/2022

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Contact Richard

Herman Legal Group -- Cleveland
815 East Superior Avenue
Suite 1225
Cleveland, OH, 44114
Herman Legal Group --- Columbus
6660 N. High Street
Suite 3E
Columbus, OH, 43085
Herman Legal Group - Detroit/Dearborn
7301 Schaefer Road
Suite 103
Detroit, MI, 48126
Herman Legal Group: Buffalo
Downtown Buffalo - Key Center
50 Fountain Place, Suite 1400
Buffalo, NY, 14202
Herman Legal Group: Chicago
6127 South University Avenue
Suite 1008
Chicago, IL, 60637
Herman Legal Group: Dayton
257 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton, OH, 45459
Herman Legal Group: Cincinnati
Georgetown Village
1-38 Triangle Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH, 45246
Herman Legal Group --- Ann Arbor, Michigan
1900 West Stadium Blvd
Section C, Suite 2
Ann Arbor, MI, 48103
Herman Legal Group -- Charlotte Office
222 S. Church Street
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC, 28202
Herman Legal Group -- Toledo
4044 Enterprise Blvd
Toledo, OH, 43612
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Reviews

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Posted by Simeon | June 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No rival!!
It was my wife who found Richard. So many lawyers were introduced to her, some with more years of experience. She doesn’t care about the many years of experience that others had. She told me that there was something about Richard and that she wants him to be our attorney. That was the best decision we ever made. Richard and his team turned out to be the most amazing set of people, exceptional in every way. Richard is always busy but trust him to always call you back when he is done with his meetings. He walked the whole length of our immigration process with us. He explained in details what we are to expect and provided counseling whenever we are confused. In two years, our asylum application was approved!! It’s rare, it doesn’t happen very often. Everyone believes he must be some sort of a wizard or magical creature to be able to make this happen. My family and I are forever grateful to Richard Thomas Herman and his team for making our stay in America a permanent one. I highly recommend him ! 101%!!
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Posted by Angel | June 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!!
Richard and his crew has been nothing short of amazing. They are just the best. They were always within reach whenever we are confused Or have any questions concerning our immigration process. Richard even went with us for the interview and in less than two years, our asylum was approved. Even after our approval, Richard still checks up on us from time to time. He will be filing for our green card in a few months. I highly recommend Herman legal Group to anyone struggling with immigration issues. Richard is just what you are looking for, he is your final bus stop. He’s so efficient and his professionalism is without rivalry. Thank you Richard for everything . We just can’t thank you enough
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Posted by Pamela | April 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Successful Permanent Residency - Richard Is The Best!
Herman Legal Group is the BEST! My husband and I have been working with Richard and the team since mid-2019 on my permanent residency process. They were absolutely fantastic, extremely knowledgeable, very helpful, and with a full heart, I can say that I am now a resident of the USA, which gives us great stability for our future. It is still amazing to us that this all happened even through COVID-19! Richard is very passionate about immigration law and you can tell that he truly cares about his clients. At certain times, it was a bit difficult to reach them but eventually, all of our questions were answered plenty of time before any deadlines - I just imagine they can get busy. We loved our experience with Herman Legal Group and we would NOT entrust this delicate and complex process to anyone else! He's the man.
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Posted by Sarah | April 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Clear and personable
My experience with Richard and his law firm was amazing! The staff was helpful and very organized. Richard was very clear and personable with regard to the specifics of my case. I normally don't give reviews unless the organization is absolute garbage or outstanding. Definitely 5 stars.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AOS Case
Richard helped us with our AOS case and made the process very smooth. We were advised and guided at every step.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strongly recommend Richard and his team at the Herman Legal Group
My wife and I retained Richard’s services for a matter regarding green card. We consulted with 2 other attorneys prior to talking with Richard, and there was no doubt in our minds he was the best for our case. We really appreciated his way of thinking during the consultation which clearly displayed his wealth of experience and knowledge in similar cases. For example, he was the only one to point out the ability to get a Temporary I-551 Stamp. Richard was able to aptly chart the best course of action for our specific situation. Price was fair and the work was done promptly with quality. Richard was very responsive throughout including responding to emails during non standard work hours. When FedEx had issues to deliver due to weather and this would have meant not meeting the USCIS deadline, Richard sent another copy of the documents with a letter to explain the situation through UPS. We will strongly recommend Richard to friends and family if they have any immigration issues or for peace of mind to preemptively avoid problems.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Richard Herman is an experienced immigration lawyer. I highly recommend him for a consultation or as your attorney.
Posted by Dave | February 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unparalleled Service and Quality of Work
We have been engaged with the Herman Legal Group for about a year now to help us resolve a complex Visa issue. Richard, Charmaine, and their team have been nothing short of spectacular. Richard and team treat us as if we are their only client. They have listened intently, gained a thorough understanding of the circumstances, presented every possible roadblock to our success, and devised comprehensive strategies to address each roadblock. Despite charging a fixed rate for their services, they have literally spent hours with us on multiple phone calls in order to insure that we put our best foot forward with the U.S. government. Dedication to the client, attention to detail, work of the HIGHEST quality, responsiveness, and reasonable fees are just a few adjectives to describe the unmatched quality of service that we have received. I have dealt with 5 or 6 different lawyers in my personal life and I can say unequivocally that the experience with the Herman Legal Group has been by far the best. I cannot overstate the value that you will receive if you contact the Herman Legal Group for any immigration related issue, and I cannot recommend them more enthusiastically. Thank you for all you have done for us Richard and Charmaine.
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
If you have any immigratiion issues Richard Herman the Law Firm that you should be hiring
I have been working with the Herman Legal group and all I have been referring clients with Immigration issues and Richard Herman has taken care of them all. I not only recommend attorney Richard Herman and his team of expert attorneys are the Best, but I guarantee once you have used his service you too will look no further. He responds in an extreme timely matter, he is a very knowledge, trustworthy person. There is no other attorney that will work as hard for you. Moses
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Entering US
Mr. Herman consulted me on border entry. His information was excellent and he’s very personable. I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
U.S. Immigration process
Richard was very professional and knowledgeable, asking & answering questions with great expertise. Thank you for your help Sir, I will recommend you to others.
Posted by Charles | February 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer; Great Person
We hired Mr. Herman to handle a complex case involving a professional athlete who lives on the other side of the world. I am part of the team put in place to assist this athlete. Mr. Herman was quickly up to speed on all of the facts and was excellent at accommodating the time zone issues. He took our case and we were amazed at his attention to our needs and circumstances. His team is excellent, especially Ms. Rozario. They produced excellent work and made compelling arguments throughout their representation. We could not be more pleased with Richard Herman, Esq. and The Herman Legal Group.
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Posted by Fernanda | October 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
We are lucky and grateful we found Richard Herman to help and guide us through every step of the complicated and long immigration process. He is easy going, patient and focus to find the most suitable strategy for your case and open to listen to your ideas as well. We highly recommend Richard Herman and his team.
Posted by Selva | October 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very empathetic and gave excellent answers
I have to use the attorney provided by my employers but I was in a situation where i needed a second opinion. His practice offered a 10 min consultation that was very helpful. Highly recommend them during this very busy time.
Posted by Maya | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
Richard, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us navigate through our case. Everyone was simply amazing! Highly recommend.
Response from Richard Herman July 8, 2019
Maya, thank you for your kind feedback. It was an honor to represent your family. We wish you and the family continued success!
Posted by Enoc | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
The Herman Group is great, very kind and understandng lawyers always ready to assist you. Quick to respond and process anything you need. I went to another lawyer with my case and they said they could not help me, I went to the Herman Group and now I am a US Citizen. Also, they have very reasonable prices. Overall a great experience working with them and I recommend them!
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Response from Richard Herman July 8, 2019
Dear Enoc, we enjoyed working with you and your family. We are so happy to see the positive results and please know that we are always in your corner if you ever need help! Adelante!
Posted by Husameddin | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Assistance With Immigration and Visa Satus
I've been with the Herman legal Group since 2005, and I can't recommend better lawyers than those in the group. They have been prompt, courteous, responsive and they always deliver results. They helped me explore several available but uncommonly utilized visa options and supported me through the process. I am grateful for their help and support.
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Response from Richard Herman July 8, 2019
Dear Husameddin, thank you for the wonderful feedback! We are honored to be your and your family's immigraton lawyer. We are delighted with the wins that we have achieved together! We will always stand by your side!
Posted by MohamedAwale,a | November 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best immigration attorney in the country.
Richard Herman is very smart straightforward lawyer. He explained my complicated case to me, his team represented me in immigration court. Richard is a lawyer who cares about his client best interest at heart, if any immigrant want a lawyer who fight for their right, talk to Richard you will have a winner by your side. Thank you Richard and your entire team for the work you done for me.
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Posted by Consty | October 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Immigration
I had a case that was denied by the immigration and they even issued a banfrom entering the USA. I was so confused on what to do. I decided to seek the expertise of Mr. Herman, he did not only win the case, he took the case personal and the amount of interest and concern he showed me was unmeasurable. He had to involve helps from councilman, senators etc. in fact, i totally recommend him for any and all immigration matters. he is a 10/10
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Posted by Jan & Zofia | January 4, 2015
One of the best immigration lawyers out there.
After visiting several other lawyers in Cleveland, Richard Herman and his staff were the only legal team that was able to successfully handle my case. My wife and I finally managed to get our green cards thanks to the excellent service provide by Herman and associates. They are very knowledgeable and honest people. They highly value integrity, and you can trust that they will not overcharge you for unnecessary services. I highly recommend Richard Herman and his team if you have an immigration case that you need handled.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder, Principal, Attorney
  • Herman Legal Group
  • 1995 - Present
  • Immigration Attorney
  • White & Associates
  • 1993 - 1995

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Ly v. Hansen, 351 F.3d 263 (2003)
  • prevailed on requiring a bond determination

Associations

  • Global Detroit
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ohio Hispanic Bar Associates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Arab American Business Associates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Arabic
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Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Cincinnati Magazine
  • 2011
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • Leading Lawyer
  • 2010
  • Cincinnati and Goverment Magazine
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2010
  • Special Recognition for volunteering
  • El Centro
  • 2009
  • Special recognition
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Cinncinnati and Government Magazine
  • 2009
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Cinncinnati and Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Cincinnati and Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Cincinnati and Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2006
  • Executive Order of Ohio Commodore
  • Governor of Ohio
  • 2006
  • AV-Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Diversity Achievement
  • Mayor Jane Campbell, City of Cleveland
  • 2005
  • Legal Advisor
  • On Leong Chinese Merchants Associatio
  • 2005
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Cincinnati and Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2004
  • Special Recognition
  • Vietnamese American Association
  • 2004
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2003
  • Special Recognition
  • American Nationalities Movement
  • 2002
  • Hispanic of the Year
  • U.S. Senator George Voinovich
  • 2002
  • Special Recognition
  • Congressman Stephanie Tubbs Jones
  • 2002
  • Special Recognition
  • Mayor of Cleveland
  • 2002
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2002
  • Special Recognition
  • Congressman Sherrod Brown
  • 2002
  • Special Recognition
  • Community Relations Board, City of Cleveland
  • 2002
  • Special Recognition
  • Cuyahoga County Commissioners
  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • Facing the Fire
  • New Alliances
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Immigration Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Richard Herman for anyone in need of a top-notch immigration attorney. He is not only knowledgeable and experienced, but also dedicated to achieving results for his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard provides expert legal advice and is a great advocate for Immigrants"
Immigration Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard Herman is an attorney who believes in what he does every day. If I needed an immigration attorney, Richard is the first attorney I would call."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard Herman and his staff are excellent business/immigration attorneys. I have co-counseled with Richard and his team through the years and they are always competent, efficient, and responsive. I trust Rick to understand even the most complicated immigration fact pattern because there is no immigration problem that he hasn't seen or solved. Saying that Richard Herman is the preeminent immigration lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio is an understatement. His practice extends nation-wide and he has assisted me with several demanding issues here in Chicago. In sum, Richard Herman is the business/immigration lawyer that other lawyers hire. I enthusiastically recommend him."
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Cleveland Immigration Lawyer Richard Thomas Herman
Richard Thomas Herman
Immigration Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 29 years