• Theodore (Ted) Ruthizer 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. Ted 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. Ted also counsels companies on compliance with employer sanctions and anti-discrimination laws. 

    Ted’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, Ted 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. 

    Ted 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 a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, where he taught an advanced seminar on immigration law and policy. 

    His work in business immigration law for more than 30 years has earned Ted 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 Ted 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 Ted among the top practitioners in immigration law. Chambers USA cites clients who describe him as “a pretty astounding attorney” (2018), “a strategic thinker” (2017), “a legend in the field” and “outstanding — extremely thorough and knowledgeable” (2016). Ted 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.”

    Experience

    • Represents top-ten global financial institutions in connection with all of their immigration matters.

    • Represented a global insurance company in its compliance with immigration requirements when it acquired the life insurance unit of a leading competitor.

    • Represents top-10 global financial institutions in their immigration matters.

    • Represents a top Asian investment bank in U.S. immigration matters.

    • Represents a number of high-net-worth foreign national investors seeking immigration status based on substantial investments in their own enterprises or in special investment vehicles.

    • Advises a wide range of European and American clients  many of which are well-known luxury brands on issues related to business immigration policies and matters involving secondment, expatriation and other aspects of workforce mobility.

    Credentials

    Education

    • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1972
    • B.A., with honors, Lafayette College, 1969

    Bar Admissions

    • New York, 1973

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
    • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
    • U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Immigration Lawyers Association — Past President, General Counsel and Member, Board of Governors
    • International Bar Association, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee
    • American Bar Association, International Law Section
    • New York State Bar Association — Past Chair, Immigration Law Committee
    • New York City Bar Association
    • American Foreign Law Association
    • Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School (1996-2015)
    • Guest Lecturer in Business Immigration Law, Yale Law School (2016)
    • Guest Lecturer in Business Immigration Law, Harvard Law School (2007)
    • Visiting Professor of Law, Radzyner School of Law, IDC, Israel (Fall 2014)
    • UJA Federation of New York — Chair, Task Force on Immigration Policy
    • New York Bar Foundation — Fellow

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