Robert L. (Bob) Brown

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District Director, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1986-1998. Chair, Immigration Directors' Association, 1992-1998.

Mr. Robert Brown (Bob) is the founder and managing partner of the law firm ROBERT BROWN LLC. The law firm practices principally in the field of US Immigration Law. ROBERT BROWN LLC represents major US Corporations including fortune 500 companies as well as smaller companies and select individuals. ROBERT BROWN LLC has offices located in Cleveland, Oh; Durham, NC; and Orlando, Fl.

As a former District Director of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and combined with his experience as a practicing attorney Bob brings over 40 years of immigration experience with him. He began his career in 1972 with the INS as a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) based in New York City. In 1978 Bob was promoted to deputy Chief of Investigations at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC. While working as deputy Chief of Investigations Bob headed up the planning efforts for the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and as part of the planning effort Bob designed the first I-9 form and wrote the implementing regulations for ‘Employer Sanctions’.

In 1982 Bob was named deputy District Director at Cleveland and in 1986 Bob was appointed District Director. In 1992 Bob was elected as the Chair of the Immigration Director’s association a position he held until his retirement from public service in 1999. In addition to managing one of the INS thirty three districts and acting Eastern Region Director, Bob had a key role in several INS activities including the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees, Immigration Reform and Control Act employer sanctions coordinator, Caribbean Interdiction and Asylum officer and special advisor to the Commissioner on Equal Employment.

A graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Bob is a member of the Immigration Committees of the Federal Bar Association and the Cuyahoga Bar Association, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Ohio Bar Association and the DC Bar as well as several fraternal organizations of former INS officers. Bob is a regular guest speaker at seminars and conferences. With the experience of Bob Brown, ROBERT BROWN LLC is positioned to provide US Business and individuals with preeminent immigration assistance.

Practice Areas:
Immigration and Nationality

B.A. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1970
J.D. Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio1991

Ohio State Bar, 1992, District of Columbia Bar, 2001

Federal Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Ohio Bar Association, Cuyahoga Bar Association, DC Bar Association, International Chief of Police, Metropolitan Crime Bureau, and Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Officers

INS - Former District Director and acting Regional Director, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; Chair, Immigration Directors’ Association 1991-1999; Immigration Reform and Control Act; Employer sanctions coordinator; Caribbean Interdiction and Asylum officer; Special advisor to the Commissioner on Equal Employment; Key role in several INS activities including the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees, Deputy Chief of Investigations, Investigations training coordinator. Bob has been called upon as an expert witness for individuals, corporations, other attorneys and law firms, and by the U.S. Congress for pending Immigration reforms.

Legal — Prior to heading his own firm Bob headed the Immigration Practice Groups for McLaughlin & McCaffrey LLP (of counsel), Thompson Hine & Flory LLP (now Thompson Hine LLP) (of counsel) and Frantz Ward LLP (partner).

Guest lecturer at the law schools of Case Western Reserve, Cleveland-Marshall, Akron University, Capital University, and University of Cincinnati among others. He is guest lecturer for the Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Bar Association, Cuyahoga Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA), Various Law Enforcement, Religious and Community Groups.

Awards and Honors:
The Immigration Commissioner’s Award for Distinguished Career Service, Outstanding Achievement Awards: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998. 1999; Dean’s List Cleveland-Marshall College of law; Special Achievements for Vietnamese Refugee Processing; Named a Leading Lawyer, Ohio by Inside Business Magazine every year since 2001; and has Matindale-Hubbel’s Highest ranking for lawyers of AV Preeminent.

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Federal Bar Association
Ohio Bar Assosciation
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Areas of Practice (20)

  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • Asylum
  • Business Immigration
  • Citizenship
  • Consular Law
  • Deportation
  • Diplomatic Immunity
  • Employment Authorizations
  • Employment Immigration
  • Employment Visas
  • Family Immigration Law
  • Immigration Discrimination
  • Immigration Law
  • Investor Visas
  • Labor Certifications
  • Permanent Visas
  • Political Asylum
  • Religious Visas
  • Removal Proceedings
  • Visas

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
216-539-4697  Phone
888-861-4414  Phone
216-861-4408  Fax
University Attended:
Marist College, B.A., 1970
Law School Attended:
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1991
Year of First Admission:
2002, District of Columbia; 1992, Ohio
Cuyahoga, Cleveland and Federal Bar Associations; District of Columbia Bar.
Special Agencies:
US Immigration and Naturalization Service, former
Chief of Police Association, former
Retired Border Patrol Officers
English and Some Spanish
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express

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