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Theodore (Ted) Ruthizer


Phone: 212.715.9421 Fax: 212.715.8181 New York

With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Mr. Ruthizer, co-chair of the firm's Business Immigration Group, is recognized as one of the country’s leading immigration lawyers.
Mr. Ruthizer is a past president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches an advanced seminar in immigration law and policy. He is a frequent lecturer on business immigration law and has authored or co-authored many publications in the field. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Past Chair, Immigration Law Committee), the New York City Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the ABA Section of International Law and the American Foreign Law Association. Mr. Ruthizer was the recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s 2003 and 2010 Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and Legal Services NYC’s 2008 Pro Bono Award.

Mr. Ruthizer was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 New York Immigration Lawyer of the Year, a recognition that he received in 2010 as well. Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon selected him as one of the nation's most powerful law attorneys from 2011-2014 and named to the Top Immigration Lawyers in the U.S. in 2009 and 2010. Chambers USA 2012-2014 and Chambers Global 2014 referred to Mr. Ruthizer as a “dean of law and a leading light.” Chambers Global 2012 said of him: “[o]bservers place great faith in his immigration prowess. He is widely sought after because people trust him.” In 2013 Chambers USA  noted Mr. Ruthizer as a "longstanding and well-respected practitioner in the field, and an expert in business immigration matters." Chambers 2014 describes him as a "really good business immigration lawyer." He was described in Legal 500 US as being “extremely knowledgeable about immigration law” and as being “clear in his approach and explanation of legal issues.” Mr. Ruthizer is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and was ranked a Top 100 New York Super Lawyer. Mr. Ruthizer was the recipient of the Legal Aid Society's 2003 and 2010 awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and Legal Services NYC's 2008 Pro Bono Award.

J.D., Columbia Law School, 1972
B.A., with honors, Lafayette College, 1969
New York, 1973
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    -American Immigration Lawyers Association – Past President and General Counsel; Member, Board of Governors
    -International Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Committee
    -American Bar Association, International Law Section
    -NY State Bar Association – Past Chair, Immigration Law Committee
    -New York City Bar Association
    -Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School, 1995-present
    -Guest Lecturer in Business Immigration Law, Harvard Law School, 2007
    -Chair, Task Force on Immigration Policy of the UJA - Federation of New York
    -Fellow, New York Bar Foundation
    -Recipient, Legal Services NYC's Pro Bono Award, 2008
    -Recipient, Legal Aid Society’s 2003 and 2010 Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
    -Recipient of American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award, 1998
    -Visiting Professor of Law, Radzyner School of Law, IDC, Israel, Fall 2014