Robert L. Brown (Bob)

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Robert Brown

Attorney and Managing Partner Robert L. Brown received his Juris Doctorate from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law and admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio and Washington, D.C. He is also accepted to practice before the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Federal Court for the District of Columbia and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. As Managing Partner, Robert oversees all of the firm's practice areas, including employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, removal defense and compliance work. Spanning five decades of experience in the immigration field, including over twenty-five years of employment as Director with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service ("INS"), Robert's extensive background embodies our mission statement of having "Confidence in Experience."

Robert received his undergraduate degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. During his experience with the INS, Robert held varying leadership positions, including Deputy Chief of Investigations, Cleveland Deputy District Director and Acting Regional Commissioner. He also served as Chair of the Immigration Director's Association. He served under Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton.

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Area of Practice

  • US Immigration and Nationality Law

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1992 & District of Columbia, Washington D.C.


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio - 1991
  • Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York - 1970

Seminars/Expert Testimony

  • Guest Lecturer numerous venues including Law schools of Case Western Reserve, Cleveland-Marshall, Akron University, Capital University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Bar Association, Cuyahoga Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA) and various religious and community groups.
  • Expert Testimony before US Congress and in various civil and criminal matters

Honors and Awards

  • Immigration Law firm of the Year 2019 - USA
  • Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2018 – Immigration & Naturalization
  • Lawyers of Distinction- Top 10% in the US
  • 2016, 2017, 2018 Cleveland's Top Rated Lawyers
  • 2015 Cleveland's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Legal Monthly: Legal Awards 2016 Winner
  • Selected as a 2015 Leading Latino Professional by "The Latino American Who's Who"
  • Top Attorney in Ohio Rising Stars by Cleveland/Cincinnati Magazine& Columbus Monthly in 2017 & 2018
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Lexis/Martindale-Hubbell, listed in "The Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Immigration" for Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer, named each year Leading Lawyer by Inside Business magazine
  • The Immigration Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Career Service
  • Special Achievements for Vietnamese Refugee Processing
  • INS Outstanding Achievement Awards, 1975 - 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991 – 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, International Chiefs of Police, Metropolitan Crime Bureau, Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Officers


Past Employment Positions

  • Special Agent, INS, New York, New York
  • Deputy Chief, Investigations, INS, Washington, D.C 1978-1982
  • Deputy District Director, INS, Ohio 1982-1986
  • District Director, INS, Ohio 1986-1999
  • Regional director, action, INS Burlington, Vermont 1997
  • McLaughlin & McCaffrey, Cleveland, Ohio 1999
  • Thompson Hine LLP, Cleveland, Ohio, Of Counsel, 1999 - 2000
  • Frantz Ward LLP, Cleveland, Ohio, Partner, 2000 – 2002
  • Robert Brown LLC 2002 – present

Footnote: – As Employer Sanction coordinator for INS implementation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 designed, developed and implemented the first I-9 now in standard use throughout the US

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