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Richard Thomas Herman

also known as Herman Legal Group, LLC

About me

Thank you for visiting the Herman Legal Group, an innovative immigration law firm serving Ohio and Michigan.  To talk to Richard Herman about your immigration case, call for FREE phone consult at 1-800-808-4013.  Richard Herman is a nationally-known immigration lawyer with 20+ 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.




Languages spoken: Russian

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 90%
    23 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Employment: 5%
    15 years, 30 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 5%
    20 years, 200 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Ralph Charles Buss

    I endorse this lawyer. Richard provides expert legal advice and is a great advocate for Immigrants


    Ralph Buss Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Alexander Edward Gertsburg

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Alexander Gertsburg Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Herman Legal Group --- Columbus

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

Herman Legal Group - Detroit/Dearborn

7301 Schaefer Road
Suite 103
Dearborn, MI, 48126

Herman Legal Group -- Akron

12 East Exchange Street
6th Floor
AKron, OH, 44308

Herman Legal Group -- Toledo

4044 Enterprise Blvd
Toledo, OH, 43612

Herman Legal Group -- Norwalk/Willard

30 West Main Street
Norwalk, OH, 44857

Herman Legal Group -- Painesville

168 East High Street
Painesville, OH, 44077



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
Ohio Hispanic Bar AssociatesMemberN/A
National Arab American Business AssociatesMemberN/A
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
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Ly v. Hansen, 351 F.3d 263 (2003)prevailed on requiring a bond determination
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of CincinnatiPolitical Science & English LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
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