Richard Herman

Founder of Herman Legal Group, an award-winning immigration law firm

Richard Herman is a nationally-known immigration lawyer and the founder of The Herman Legal Group -- The Law Firm for ImmigrantsTM. Founded in 1995 and with staff that speaks over 12 languages, the law firm provides immigration counsel to high-skill immigrants and their employers from its offices in Columbus, Cleveland and Detroit. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report awarded The Herman Legal Group the designation of “Best Law Firm” in the field of immigration law. Richard has been named to The Best Lawyers in America©, 2015 and 2016, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, and listed in Super Lawyers© for ten consecutive years Richard is not a run-of-the-mill immigration lawyer. He is an evangelist for welcoming immigrants and the economic contributions they make to American cities. As a lawyer, activist, author and speaker, he has dedicated his life to advocating for immigrants and helping change the conversation on immigration. He is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Immigrant, Inc. ---Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). Richard is one of the pioneers of the movement by rust belt cities to attract and welcome immigrants who can help grow the economy, create jobs and reverse progressive depopulation. Richard began his immigration law career by moving to Moscow, Russia in 1993, straight out of Case Western Reserve University Law School, eventually opening a law office two blocks from the Kremlin to represent post-Soviet entrepreneurs. As an authority on U.S. immigration law and a provocateur for immigrant-friendly, pro-talent policies, Richard is often invited to strategize and deliver keynote addresses around the country, as he has often done for Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch’s Partnership for a New American Economy, chambers of commerce, universities and cities. Known for his direct and sometimes controversial style, Richard has appeared on FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), ABC News 20/20, National Public Radio, and has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Inc., PC World, Computerworld, CIO, TechCrunch and InformationWeek. Richard is married to Kimberly Chen, an immigrant from Taiwan who overcame her undocumented status to become an American physician. They live in the Cleveland area with their two children, whom they are raising to be citizens of the world.