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Douglas J. Halpertundefined

Immigration Attorney

Douglas Halpert has come to the office each day for over 29 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 his wife’s immigration from Taiwan and the adoption of their daughters from China, has fueled Mr. Halpert’s passion for helping immigrants and the organizations and family members that sponsor them.

Mr. Halpert represents a diverse array of clients including a number of large publicly-traded multinational companies for whom he has helped formulate immigration sponsorship policies and programs. He and his team help organizations attract and retain valued employees from countries around the world. Mr. Halpert has particularly significant experience working with organizations in the fields of logistics and freight forwarding, marketing analytics, management consulting, data science, public health, entertainment, technology, engineering, and manufacturing.

He has experience working on cases involving:

  • 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
  • O-1 extraordinary ability work visa

Mr. Halpert regularly helps his clients prepare for visa applications at U.S. Consulates. He also handles a wide spectrum of permanent residence matters including PERM based and PERM exempt cases.

In addition to large companies, Mr. Halpert also helps 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, 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 Halpert.

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


  • “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 EB1 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 Marrying 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, Mr. Halpert 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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