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Douglas Halpert

(513) 287.5806







J.D., Fordham University School of Law

B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago
~with Honors




Douglas Halpert has come to the office each day for over 30 years with the same objective: to help people with their immigration cases. His late grandfather arrived at Ellis Island in New York on a ship in the early 1900s, and was so traumatized by the experience that he would not speak about it despite his sunny disposition. This, coupled with Douglas' wife's immigration from Taiwan, and their adoption of their daughters from China, has fueled his passion for helping immigrants and the organizations and family members that sponsor them.

In 2014, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley appointed Mr. Halpert to serve as Co-Chair of The Education and Talent Retention Committee of the Mayor's Immigration Task Force. In 2014, Douglas was also selected as Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Southwest Ohio by Best Lawyers in America. In 2015, Mr. Halpert was appointed to serve on a Working Group of the Regional Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce that resulted in the creation of Cincinnati Compass – a welcome center for immigrants located in the greater Cincinnati area. In 2018, Mr. Halpert accepted an invitation to serve on the Advisory Committee of Cincinnati Compass.

Mr. Halpert represents a diverse array of clients. He represents a number of large publicly-traded multinational companies and has helped them to formulate immigration sponsorship policies and programs. He and his team help organizations to advance the work visa and permanent residence cases necessary to attract and retained valued employees from countries throughout the world. A nonexclusive sampling of organizations where he has particularly deep experience include those in the logistics and freight forwarding, marketing analytics, management consulting, data science, public health, entertainment, technology, engineering, and manufacturing industries. Typical solutions include B-1 business visitor, F-1 student visa Optional Practical Training and STEM work authorization, J-1 exchange visitor, H-1B specialty occupation worker, L-1 intracompany transferee, E-1 treaty trader, E-2 treaty investor, E-3 Australian professionals, TN Trade NAFTA, and O-1 extraordinary ability work visa cases. He also regularly helps those that he serves to prepare for visa applications at U.S. Consulates. He also handles a wide spectrum of permanent residence cases including PERM based and PERM exempt cases, including Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professor/Researcher, and National Interest Waiver.

Mr. Halpert's clients also include non-profit organizations and a broad spectrum of professors, researchers, professionals and families. Foreign nationals with a pressing need for help through the immigration process, such as engineers of every specialty, master cheese makers, film directors, actors and crews, research scientists in virtually every field, lovelorn fiancées, professors, publishers, athletes and applied energy and agricultural experts, have found their counselor in Douglas.

Canadian companies often leverage his years of experience as a lawyer with a small firm at the Buffalo, New York / Fort Erie, Ontario border to help them with B-1 business visitor admissibility issues, TN Trade NAFTA and L-1 visa cases, as well as waivers of inadmissibility.

Organizations in the entertainment and arts field enlist Douglas' help in securing work visas for actors, directors, producers and film crews often under "the show must go on" urgent timing circumstances. University professors and researchers often seek Douglas' help in putting together Extraordinary Ability, National Interest Waiver, and Outstanding Researcher based permanent residence cases. Foreign students often seek Douglas' advice on issues relative to their student status and transitioning to the U.S. work force.

Douglas is passionate about helping bring families together through the immigration process, by applying his decades of experience in handling K fiancée visa, spousal parent/child, and sibling permanent residence cases. Naturalization and derivative citizenship cases are also part of his repertoire. As an adoptive father, Douglas also has managed to help a number of fellow adoptive parents to address complex issues related to the interplay between the immigration and adoption laws.

In his spare time, Douglas is dedicated to his wife, Kacy, a retired pediatrician, and their two children, who run track and cross country. Douglas also competes in 5K races each year. He is a former sportswriter for The Bleacher Report and you can read his sports stories at this link. http://bleacherreport.com/users/398126-douglas-halpert. He has written a book of poetry, Natural History, and is working on his first novel. One of the poems, "Witch Hazel," in Natural History received Honorable Mention in the 2016 national poetry contest of the Robert Frost Foundation. He also enjoys collecting Victorian Eastlake antiques and restoring them to their former grandeur.



"The Not So Good, The Bad and the Ugly Impact of Social Media on Immigration Cases," Cincinnati Bar Association Report (March 2018)

"Trends in EB1 Self-Sponsored Extraordinary Ability Permanent Residence Cases for Researchers," Best Lawyers' online journal (2017)

"Filing a Naturalization Application in the New Age," Law360 (2017)

Co-author, "Five Key Immigration Issues for Foreign Students Marrying U.S. Citizens," The Commons publication of the Association of College Unions International (2014)

"Common Immigration Mistakes That Canadian Citizens Make When Marrying U.S. Citizens," LawNow in Canada (April 2013)

"Who is Family? A Look at Canadian and U.S. Immigration Law on the Definition of Qualifying Relatives," LawNow in Canada (August 2013)

"Tales of an Unnecessary Lawyer," Lawyers as Economic Drivers (May 2012)

"Crime and Punishment in American Immigration," Cincinnati Bar Association Report (January 26, 2011)

"Should I Stay or Should I Go? Tax and Immigration Considerations for U.S. Permanent Residents and Citizens," Bloomberg Finance L.P. in the Vol, 4, No. 2 edition of the Bloomberg Law Reports, Immigration Law (2011)

"Family Lore or Legal Proof: One Canadian's Pursuit of U.S. Citizenship," Cincinnati Bar Association Report (September 1, 2009)

"The Undiscovered U.S. Immigration Solution Lurking Beneath the Surface: Derivative Citizenship," LawNow journal in Canada (October 29, 2009)

Chapter Seven, "Avoiding the Gorge of Eternal Immigration Peril: Tailoring Immigration Strategies and Solutions to Suit the Objectives of Individual Clients," in the book, Inside the Minds: Immigration Law Client Strategies (September 2008)

"What Every Company in the Natural Resources Industry Should Know About U.S. Immigration Law," The State Journal of West Virginia (November 21, 2008)



Immigration Law, West Virginia University (April 2014)

"Advanced Border Issues under NAFTA," American Immigration Lawyers Association Ohio/Mid-South Conference (October 2013)