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Theodore (Ted) Ruthizer


Co-chair, Business Immigration

Phone: 212.715.9421 Fax: 212.715.8181 New York

Ted Ruthizer, a nationally recognized immigration lawyer, represents corporate clients in all phases of the hiring and transfer of foreign nationals – executives, managers, professionals, investors, and performing artists – to the United States.

Mr. Ruthizer is a past president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has been a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School since 1995, where he teaches an advanced seminar in immigration law and policy. In the Fall of 2014, Mr. Ruthizer was a Visiting Professor of Law at the Radzyner School of Law, IDC, Israel. He is a frequent lecturer on business immigration law, has authored or co-authored many publications in the field, and is quoted regularly in the media. 

Mr. Ruthizer was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 New York City 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 to 2014 and named him to the Top 10 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: “Observers place great faith in his immigration prowess. He is widely sought after because people trust him.” In 2013 Chambers USA noted Mr. Ruthizer is “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 2011 as being “extremely knowledgeable about immigration law” and in 2012 as being “clear in his approach and explanation of legal issues,” and in 2014 as being “expert, responsive and very easy to work with.”

Mr. Ruthizer is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and was ranked a Top 100 New York Super Lawyer.


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
    -Columbia Law School, Lecturer in Law 1995-2014
    -Radzyner School of Law, IDC, Israel, Visiting Professor of Law, 2014
    -Harvard Law School, Guest Lecturer, 2007
    -Chambers Global (2006-2015)
    -Chambers USA (2006-2014)
    -Human Resource Executive "Most Powerful Attorneys" (2011-2014)
    -Legal 500 US (2011-2014)
    -Lawdragon "Guide to World Class Employment Lawyers" (2009-2014)
    -Super Lawyers (2006-2014)
    -The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2004-2014
    -Best Lawyers (1991-2014), New York City Immigration Lawyer of the Year for 2010 and 2014
    -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