Debt Dialogue: November 2016
The Potential Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election on Business Immigration
Theodore (Ted) Ruthizer, Co-chair of the Business Immigration Group, advises and represents corporations; nonprofit entities; law, financial and accounting firms; and other entities in all phases of the hiring, transfer and retention of foreign national executives, managers, professionals, investors and performing artists in the United States. Mr. Ruthizer works with companies to develop their global workforce planning and mobility strategies, advising them on navigating complex immigration laws and policies. He also provides immigration counsel to corporations in the context of mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs, to strategize and structure these transactions to ensure compliance with U.S. immigration law. Mr. Ruthizer also counsels companies on compliance with employer sanctions and anti-discrimination laws. Mr. Ruthizer’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, global brands and other organizations across a diverse range of industries, and in particular finance, technology, insurance, advertising, consumer brands, media and the arts. He also represents high-net-worth foreign national investors seeking either treaty investor or permanent residence status based on their substantial investments in their own enterprises or in special investment vehicles under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Among his most notable recent work, Mr. Ruthizer counseled a global insurance company in its compliance with immigration requirements in connection with its acquisition of the life insurance unit of a leading competitor, and assisted a U.S.- based integrated media, education and financial information company in maintaining full business immigration law compliance in the context of the spinoff of one of its companies into an independent entity. Mr. Ruthizer has served in a number of leadership roles with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, including president, general counsel and longtime member of its board of governors. For 20 years he was lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, where he taught an advanced seminar in immigration law and policy.His work in business immigration law over more than 30 years has earned Mr. Ruthizer his well-deserved reputation as one the country’s leading immigration lawyers, as well as a long and growing list of honors and accolades. Best Lawyers named Mr. Ruthizer as New York Immigration Lawyer of the Year in both 2014 and 2010. Human Resource Executive has named him one of its Most Powerful Employment Attorneys for seven consecutive years (2009-2015) and one of its Top 10 Immigration Lawyers. Chambers USA, Chambers Global and Legal 500 US have consistently ranked Mr. Ruthizer among the top practitioners in immigration law, describing him as "a legend in the field" and "outstanding - extremely thorough and knowledgeable” (Chambers USA 2016). Mr. Ruthizer has been lauded as being “clear in his approach and explanation of legal issues” (Legal 500 US 2012); “expert, responsive and very easy to work with” (Legal 500 US 2014); and “brilliant” and an “excellent legal technician” (Legal 500 US 2015). According to Chambers Global (2012): “Observers place great faith in his immigration prowess. He is widely sought after because people trust him."
In addition to his work on behalf of Kramer Levin’s clients, Mr. Ruthizer has dedicated significant time to pro bono work. The Legal Aid Society honored him with its Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service in both 2003 and 2010, and its Pro Bono Publico Award in 2011. He also received the Legal Services NYC’s 2008 Pro Bono Award.