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Jonathan Aaron Bartell

Immigration Attorney at Independence, OH

4.6   10 reviews

also known as Bartell, Georgalas & Juarez LPA

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jonathan

Learn Jonathan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    All types of immigration work performed by my firm including removal and deportation cases, asylum, appellate, and business immigration. Hands on, and aggressive.

    24 years

  2. Criminal defense
    I have represented clients in Courts throughout the State of Ohio and in the United States Northern and Southern District Courts of Ohio. Case experience includes murder, drug trafficking, sex offenses, as well as misdemeanors and other felonies.

    24 years

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. 


Bartell, Georgalas & Juarez LPA
6505 Rockside Road
Suite 275
Independence, OH, 44131

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Posted by Ruben Gomez Vargas | March 20, 2024
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My family hired Mr. Bartell when no one wanted to take my case because I had a murder convention. Mr. Bartell told me that the chances of winning my case were slim and if I wanted he would return the money. I trusted his honesty and he made me feel very comfortable. He hired an expert to make my case stronger. He fought for me in person to make my fight clear. He keept me calm an guided me to victory during a very stressful trial. He demonstrated my rehabilitation and changed with evidence. His closing statement sealed the deal. He also helped me afterwards when the Home Land Security attorney appealed our favor decision to make sure it wouldn't get overturned which he did successfully. I got to stay in this beautiful country were I was raised thanks to him . My family and I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Mark | July 27, 2016
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Johnathan took on a very difficult immigration case for my wife and I involving a 601 Waiver. It was a long process but he kept us abreast of the cases progress. Requests by the Visa Center for additional information were made and he responded promptly. Ultimately we were successful and her waiver was granted. Would highly reccomend.
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Posted by Julia Iskenderova | June 16, 2016
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Excellent attorney
I have been working with Jonathan Bartell for quite a few years now. Giving the complexity of my case I would not want anyone else to represent me other than Jonathan Bartell. He is always on top of things and gets everything done in the timely manner. His knowledge of the immigration law and attention to details was the key to my success in winning my case. I could not be happier with the outcome! I would definitely recommend mr. Bartell to anyone who is seeking strong representation of their case.
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Posted by Farruh | April 12, 2016
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1 Of The Most Qualified Lawyers
I recommend mr. Jonathan Bartell for any social classes including business and economic. Services of mr. Bartell are very fast, quality, based on valuable information, qualified according local and international laws. He`s a real professional who`s really works even after working time using modern technologies of the connection. Moreover he provides unique services of the representing worldwide in the any organization including embassies. I thank mr. esq. Jonathan Bartell for very quality services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2012
amazing work
ICE came to my home and detained me. Mr. Bartell was hired and he worked diligently to secure a stay of removal in the 6th circuit federal court. the stay was granted, i was released from jail and we are fighting my case.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2011
fixed old lawyer mistake
My case was screwed up by other attorney, MR Bartell and his staff calming reviewed the issues with me and were able to clear up mistakes and correct my status.
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2011
Hard working
Jon was very straight about my difficult situation, as the case progressed it changed substantially and he was able to handle the many bumps my criminal history caused. He worked hard, kept me informed and i felt very secure when in trial and despite all the problems i was able to prevail. Thank you Jon
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2010
Thank you
Had a serious problem with my h filing. Time was running out and then I had to leave the us because of family demands in a third country. I provided mr Bartell the drop dead dates (4 days after filing) I could remain. Mr Bartell and his associate worked tirelessly with a supervisor in California and were able to get the visa approved and then forwarded to the third country.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2008
Posted by Matthew | January 30, 2018
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Horrible experience
We hired Jonathan to manage my wife's immigration paperwork. Unless you want to have to babysit someone do not hire this guy. Even though I gave him everything he needed right away it would still take them months to file the paperwork. Literally over a month to file her change of status and 8 MONTHS to file her work permit. I didn't know the work permit should have been filed until USCIS told us in the interview(otherwise I would have been all over him about it). I brought it up to Jonathan and he said he would look into it since it was in his contract to file it. He said if he found out they didn't he would reimburse me some money. Instead of reimbursing me he decided to try and file it at that time, so they could say that they did, which didn't matter because she was already about to receive permanent residence. She could have been working for 8 months, receiving health benefits for 8 months. Save your self some time and work with someone who is actually going to work for you. I literally had to come unglued with him and his team to get them to do anything for me.
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Response from Jonathan Bartell February 1, 2018
I am so sorry that you feel this way. I am very pleased that we were able to be involved in your spouse receiving her permanent residency to the United States. I take pride in the work and results we obtain for our clients and I am sure that you and your family will have many years of joy and happiness. Best of luck and congratulations.
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AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Partner
  • Bartell, Georgalas & Juarez LPA
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Margaret Wong & Associates Co Lpa
  • 2017 - 2021
  • Principal
  • The Law Offices of Jonathan A. Bartell, LLC
  • 2004 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Michael Peterson & Associates
  • 2000 - 2004
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  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Ithaca College
  • BS
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Francis
  • positive
  • State v. Krotine
  • not guilty


  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • Thai
  • Lao
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Superstar 2008
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • OACDL Superstars Seminr
  • Representing Non-citizens in Criminal cases
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
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Endorse Jonathan
Unknown Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the most difficult types of law to practice is immigration / criminal law as it requires an understanding of two separate fields of law that have unique laws and procedures. Attorney Bartell is one such attorney. His comments on AVVO not only indicate his knowledge of both criminal and immigration law but also his ability to apply such knowledge to assist aliens who have criminal legal issues. I endorse Attorney Bartell in both the area of immigration law and the area of criminal law."
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Independence Immigration Lawyer Jonathan Aaron Bartell
Jonathan Aaron Bartell
Immigration Attorney
Independence, OH
Licensed for 23 years
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