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Douglas Halpert


Douglas Halpert has been practicing immigration law for 33 years, and has helped clients with EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher/Professor, and EB-2 National Interest Waiver cases, as well as O-1 Extraordinary Ability work visas since such categories were created 30 years ago with the enactment of the Immigration Act of 1990. He has architected many solutions to exceedingly complex cases in these categories, with posed novel challenges and issues. These include cases in almost every industry from business to education to science to engineering to the entertainment and sports fields. Douglas has represented a large number of celebrities particularly in the movie and entertainment industry. In recent years, with our current practice lead, Christy Turovskiy, Esq., we have expanded the numbers of researchers and professors that we represent at prominent universities, hospitals, and private companies from coast to coast.

Douglas Halpert is an immigration attorney at Hammond Neal Moore LLC.

Douglas’s area of experience spans many other areas including most other employment-based work visa and permanent resident categories; most areas of family immigration; many waivers, and a large naturalization clientele. For a more detailed summary of Douglas’s career and contributions, please see his bio at the Hammond Neal Moore LLC website at: https://hammondlawgroup.com/douglas-halpert/.

Selected Publications

  • “O-1 Visa May Be A Path To US Amid Travel Restrictions,” Law360 (October 19, 2020), with Christy Turovskiy, Esq.
  • “Protecting an Employee’s Green Card Status Amid Pandemic,” Law360 (June 19, 2020), with Christy Turovskiy, Esq.
  • “Don’t Let Moonlighting Undermine Employment visa Status,” Law360 (January 17, 2020)
  • “Avoiding Traffic Ticket Issues in Naturalization Cases,” Law360 (June 3, 2019)
  • “The Not So Good, the Bad and the Ugly Impact of Social Media on Immigration Cases” in the March 2018 edition of the Cincinnati Bar Association Report (2018)
  • “Trends in EB-1 Self-Sponsored Extraordinary Ability Permanent Residence Cases for Researchers,” published by the Best Lawyers in America© online journal (2017)
  • “Filing a Naturalization Application in the New Age,” published in Law360 (2017)
  • “Five Key Immigration Issues for Foreign Students Marrying U.S. Citizens” for The Commons, a publication of the Association of College Unions International (2014)
  • “Who is Family? A Look at Canadian and U.S. Immigration Law on the Definition of Qualifying Relatives,” published in August 2013 by LawNow in Canada
  • “Common Immigration Mistakes that Canadian Citizens Make When Marring U.S. Citizens” was published in May 2013 by LawNow in Canada
  • “Tales of an Unnecessary Lawyer,” a chapter that was published in the book Lawyers as Economic Drivers (May 2012)
  • “Avoiding the Gorge of Eternal Immigration Peril: Tailoring Immigration Strategies and Solutions to Suit the Objectives of Individual Clients,” the seventh chapter in the book Inside the Minds: Immigration Law Client Strategies (September 2008)
  • “Should I Stay or Should I Go? Tax and Immigration Considerations for U.S. Permanent Residents and Citizens,” published by Bloomberg Finance L.P. in the Vol, 4, No. 2 edition of the Bloomberg Law Reports, Immigration Law (2011)
  • “Crime and Punishment in American Immigration,” published in the January 26, 2011 edition of the Cincinnati Bar Association Report
  • “The Undiscovered U.S. Immigration Solution Lurking Beneath the Surface: Derivative Citizenship” published in the October 29, 2009 issue of LawNow journal in Canada
  • “Family Lore or Legal Proof: One Canadian’s Pursuit of U.S. Citizenship,” the feature article in the September 1, 2009 edition of the Cincinnati Bar Association Report
  • “What Every Company in the Natural Resources Industry Should Know about U.S. Immigration Law,” published in the November 21, 2008 edition of The State Journal of West Virginia


  • American Immigration Lawyers 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 as 2014 Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Southwest Ohio by Best Lawyers in America®
  • 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)


In his spare time, Douglas is dedicated to his wife Kacy, a retired pediatrician, and their two children who run track and cross country. He also competes in 5K races each year. He is a former sportswriter for The Bleacher Report, has written a book of poetry called Natural History, and is working on his first novel. He also enjoys collecting Victorian Eastlake antiques and restoring them to their former grandeur.

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