Overview

Rob’s primary area of practice is immigration and nationality law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of business and family immigration procedures. Rob is past chair of the Board of Trustees for the American Immigration Council, has served as the Ohio Chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, chair of the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, and is currently chair of the USCIS Benefits Liaison Committee. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. in the areas of Immigration Law every year since 1997, and was most recently named Best Lawyers® 2015 Columbus, Ohio Immigration Law “Lawyer of the Year.” In June 2013, Rob received the Jack Wasserman Award for excellence in immigration litigation for his representation of the plaintiff in Residential Finance Corp. vs. USCIS, an important decision addressing the requirements of the H-1B visa from the Southern District of Ohio. In addition to his legal experience, he was also an instructor for the Legal Assistant program at Capital University from 1986-2015.

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law  (J.D., 1976)
  • Miami University  (A.B., 1973)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chair, USCIS Benefits/Headquarters Liaison Committee
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Immigration: Business
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Immigration Law
  • Best Lawyers® Columbus, Ohio Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for Excellence in Litigation in the field of Immigration Law, June 2013
  • American Lawyers Association, Presidential Award for outstanding leadership as Chair of the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, June 2011
  • Ohio Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association, Outstanding Contribution to the Practice of Immigration Law, November 2009
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Presidential Award for distinguished service on the Chapter Litigation Guidelines and Chapter Affiliation Agreement Working Groups, June
  • American Lawyers Association, Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership as chair of the USCIS Benefits Liaison Committee, June 2017

Community

  • Community Refugee & Immigration Services, Board Member
  • Columbus Jewish Historical Society, Board Member 2010-2016