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Brad Ortman offers two decades of experience representing clients in all types of immigration and naturalization matters, providing deep knowledge of the U.S. immigration system, relationships with its players, and an understanding of what will and will not work within the system. He has concentrated his practice exclusively on immigration law since 1997, with a focus on employment-based immigration to help clients compete in the global marketplace.

Brad has managed U.S. immigration and global mobility matters for a diverse group of clients, including numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses and individuals. His experience stretches across a variety of industries including telecommunications, manufacturing, information technology, medicine, academia, and sports and entertainment.

In addition to practicing law, Brad speaks widely on immigration-related topics at universities, community forums, and professional conferences. He has addressed a wide variety of issues, including the labor certification process, intracompany transfers (L-1B visas), immigration planning in the context of mergers and acquisitions, border crossing issues, as well as the controversial immigration law changes in the Trump administration. Brad has been recognized both as a Rising Star and a Best Lawyer. Prior to joining NGC, he served as a co-managing partner for Rosner, Ortman & Moss Partners, a boutique immigration law firm routinely recognized as a Best Law Firm by U.S. News and World Report. He currently services as Ohio liaison to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Principal practice areas

  • Employment-based immigration
  • Non-immigrant visas (including B, E, H-1B, L-1, J-1, TN)
  • Investor visas
  • Family immigration
  • Border adjudications
  • J waivers
  • I-9 audits
  • Global entry appeals
  • Outbound immigration

Representative experience

  • Represent clients on the full gamut of nonimmigrant visa matters, including H-1B, E-1, E-2, E-3, L-1, TN, O-1, & P-1
  • Guide clients on the permanent residence process through labor certification, outstanding professors/researchers, aliens of extraordinary ability, multinational managers/executives, and national interest waivers.
  • Represent clients in family-based immigration both based in the United States and at U.S. consulates abroad.
  • Provide strategic guidance to clients on hiring decisions and managing global mobility issues.
  • Representation in complex naturalization matters, including those involving Federal Court actions.

Bar Admissions

Career and educational background

Professional and civic activities

Lectures and publications

  • Cleveland State University Global Business Law Review Symposium: “Immigration in a New Administration” (April 2017)
  • Oberlin University, “Rights of Foreign Students Under the Trump Administration” (February 2017)
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection Conference, Detroit, Michigan “Panel Discussion: NAFTA Adjudications and Border Crossing Issues” (January 2017)
  • Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group, “Another Brick in the Wall: Immigration Policy Under the Trump Administration” (January 2017)
  • Helping the Best and the Brightest…Avoid Labor Certification: EB-1, EB-2 and NIW Filings.” AILA, Ohio Chapter, Fall CLE Conference (Oct. 7, 2016)
  • Monte Ahuja College of Business “Globalizing Human Resources: Best Practices for Building an International Workforce” (July 2016)
  • AILA National Webinar/Practice Pointer, “Specialized Knowledge and L-1B: Initiation to Consular Interview” (February 2015)
  • “When Immigration Law and National Security Intersect: the Export Control Attestation” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, (May 2011)