Ulmer Acquires Internationally-Recognized Immigration Practice

Firm adds high-profile authority on U.S. immigration, David W.
Leopold, whose insights are regularly featured in major print and
television media outlets

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that it has acquired David
Wolfe Leopold & Associates, the internationally-recognized immigration
law practice led by David W. Leopold. The acquisition bolsters Ulmer’s
already robust immigration practice, which provides businesses with
integrated solutions for immigration, visa and consular-related
challenges. Leopold will be a partner in Ulmer’s Cleveland office,
bringing with him his full support staff and administrative team.

Leopold has more than two decades of experience providing legal counsel
to both U.S. and foreign businesses, health care institutions, law
firms, religious institutions, nonprofits and other entities on an array
of issues related to U.S. immigration, visa and citizenship law. He
previously served as President and General Counsel of the Washington,
D.C.-based American Immigration Lawyers Association, the premier bar
association for immigration lawyers and professors in the U.S. and as
Director of the Immigration Curriculum at the Case Western Reserve
University School of Law and Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at
Cleveland State University.

“There is perhaps a no more dynamic voice on immigration than David’s,”
said Ulmer Cleveland Partner-In-Charge, Patricia A. Shlonsky. “His
immigration law experience and insight is second to none, and at a time
when the conversation around immigration in this country is as heated
and uncertain as ever, David is a tremendous asset to our clients and
their employees who must navigate the complex U.S. immigration

Since 1993, as Founder and Principal Attorney at David Wolfe Leopold &
Associates, Leopold has built a sterling reputation as not only the
nation’s preeminent immigration law practitioner, but as one of the
country’s most respected immigration reform advocates, speakers and
writers. His opinions and analyses on cutting-edge immigration issues
regularly appear in major media outlets, including The New York Times,
The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, MSNBC,
and CGTV. He frequently lectures on immigration
law and policy throughout the U.S.

Leopold concentrates much of his practice on employment-based visas for
highly skilled foreign workers, including corporate managers and
executives, engineers, computer professionals, artists and entertainers,
physicians, scientists and others. He also handles alien employment
certification from the U.S. Department of Labor as well as waivers of
the two-year foreign residence requirement for foreign physicians.
Additionally, Leopold defends businesses from charges of knowingly
employing unauthorized workers, and guides his clients through complex
deportation matters, including administrative trials and appeals and
federal court litigation.

“David is a tremendous resource for our business and nonprofit clients,”
said Peter Rome, Chair of Ulmer’s Business Department. “He helps leading
institutions and companies attract, protect and retain their greatest
assets – their employees. Whether it’s developing strategies for
businesses seeking to hire and retain foreign professionals, or reducing
immigration risks when employees travel or work abroad, David is
integral in helping clients successfully manage global workforces and
achieve their goals.”

“I am excited to join Ulmer, a firm with the resources and depth
necessary to continue to offer my clients the personalized service
they’ve come to expect, and grow my practice,” said Leopold. “I take my
role as an advocate for immigrants’ rights very seriously, and am
committed to working with businesses to develop a dynamic and diverse
workforce that includes talented professionals from across the globe.”

Leopold earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan and
his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Ulmer’s immigration lawyers offer employers cost-effective and time
sensitive counsel relating to integrated solutions for immigration and
employment problems. The firm’s core philosophy is to provide
comprehensive services for all immigration matters rather than viewing
each matter as a separate problem. Services include: assisting employers
in tracking petitions and applications through government agencies;
advising employers as to future cost-effective strategies; providing
corporate and HR planning for future immigration needs; and, in the case
of multinational employers, assisting in the transfer of key employees
between the U.S. and affiliated employers in other countries.

About Ulmer

At Ulmer, the focus is on exceeding client expectations and delivering
superior, customized legal solutions for an exceptional value. From
offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Boca Raton, the
firm’s attorneys serve as counselors and partners to a wide range of
sophisticated clients to help them solve their complex challenges and
achieve their goals. For more information, please visit Ulmer.com.


Ulmer & Berne LLP
Jason Milch, 312-379-9406