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Douglas J. Halpert

(513) 287.5806


State Bar of Ohio




American Immigration Lawyers Association
Cincinnati Bar Association
University of Chicago Alumni Schools Committee
Fordham Law Alumni Network
Families with Children from China – Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Peer Review Rated AV (Pre-Eminent) in Martindale-Hubbell
Listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 1997
Co-Winner of the 1998 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award presented by the Trustees of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation established by the Cincinnati Bar Association
Selected 2014 Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Southwest Ohio by Best Lawyers in America publisher®
Co-Chair of The Education and Talent Retention Committee of the Mayor's Immigration Task Force (2014)
Selected to Working Group to Establish Center for New Cincinnatians by the Regional Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce (2015)


J.D., Fordham University School of Law

B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Chicago (Honors)




Douglas Halpert is a partner in the Cincinnati office.  Mr. Halpert has come to the office each day for over 30 years with the same objective: to help people with their immigration cases. Mr. Halpert's 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.

Mr. Halpert 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.