Richard I. Fleischer

Immigration Lawyer

Richard I. Fleischer is the Founder of the Fleischer Law Firm LLC, and has been practicing Immigration Law for over 42 years. Richard was the first attorney in Ohio to specialize in this area. He focuses his practice on all aspects of Immigration Law including immigrant and non-immigrant visas, naturalization, deportation and asylum. Much of his time and expertise is devoted to processing PERM, national interest waivers and outstanding research petitions. Richard has been extremely successfully obtaining these classifications for clients located throughout the United States.

Richard has won many accolades for his work over the years; from 2006 to 2015 Richard was named an Ohio “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Cincinnati Magazine, as well as being named a “Leading Lawyer” by Cincy Business Magazine.

Richard received his BBA from the University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati Ohio in 1967. Richard graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Law, in Lexington Kentucky in 1970, where he was Chairman, University of Kentucky Judicial Board and First Legal Intern (third year student allowed to practice in Court) in the state of Kentucky.

Richard has published a book on Immigration Law entitled Applying For A United States Visa; A Practical Guide To the New Immigration Law, International Venture Hand Books, Plymouth, England (April 1993). Additionally, he frequently published articles in various Bar Journals, and is asked to speak at seminars on Immigration Law.

Richard Fleischer does not sit back and wait for the laws to change. Rather, he has helped lobby for immigration reform. In 1989, Richard was instrumental in persuading legislatures to enact Ohio Revised Code (ORC 2943.031) which was eventually passed by the General Assembly of Ohio. This law requires Ohio judges to make criminal defendants aware of the possible immigration consequences of their criminal plea. In 2006, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that a conviction vacated pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2943.031 of the Ohio Revised Code for failure of the trial court to advise the alien defendant of the possible immigration consequences of a guilty plea is not a valid conviction for immigration purposes.

Richard has been married to his wife, Sue Rae for 38 years. Richard and Sue Rae are very active in various civil and philanthropic organizations such as Rotary International, Every Child Succeeds, Dominican Community Services, Dress for Success, and Ronald McDonald House.

Richard and Sue Rae have two children. Their eldest son, Neil Fleischer is a partner and attorney in the Fleischer Law Firm LLC. His younger son Drew is a “post production” producer in the television industry in Los Angeles, California.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys Tom Clancy novels, going to movies, and rooting for his hometown sports teams- the Bengals, Reds, Bearcats, and Musketeers.



State of Ohio (1971)

Commonwealth of Kentucky (1977)

The District of Columbia (1973)

Supreme Court of the United States (1974)

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1971)

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (1971)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky (1973)


University of Kentucky (1967-1970) J.D.

— Chairman: University of Kentucky Judicial Board

— First Legal Intern: Third year student allowed to practice in Court

— Second Legal Intern: State of Ohio

— In First Group of Legal Interns: State of Kentucky

University of Cincinnati (1966-1967) B.B.A.

Work Experience

Immigration and Naturalization Law (Private Practice): 1004 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

— 1973-1978

Panacon Corporation: 320 South Wayne Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214

— 1971-1973

— Position: Assistant Secretary and Assistant General Counsel

— Panacon Corporation was in the Building Materials Industry: One Division was Philip Carey Company

— 1971 Sales: $181 Million

— Five Divisions: two subsidiaries/sold to Jim Walters Corporation in 1972 and dissolved thereafter

Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati

— Summer of 1968 and 1969; May 1970 through December of 1970

— Position: Staff Member

Associations and Memberships

Rotary Club of Cincinnati (600 members; 6th largest in the world)

— Board of Directors and Vice President: 1981-1982

— Past Chairman: 1976-1977 Orientation Program for New International Students Committee

— Past Chairman: Rotary Club Volunteers Committee World Affairs Institute

— Past Chairman: Seminar on County Government

Board of Trustees, World Affairs Institute (1980-1985)

Past President, International Visitors Center, Inc. (1979-1980)

Cincinnati Council on World Affairs

Board of Trustees, Cincinnati Country Day School (1983-1989)

Board of Trustees, Cincinnati International Festival (1989-1992)

Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (1990-Present)

Who’s Who Registry of Global Business Leaders

Board of Trustees, Travelers Aid International, Inc. (1994-1996)

Tri-State Global Network, Board of Advisors (1994-Present)

Travelers’ Aid (1994-1996)

Advisor to United States-China Association of Industry and Commerce in Washington, D.C (1995-1999)

Vice President of the East-West Association For Legal Communication in Washington, D.C. (1996-1999)

Board of Advisors, University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy & International Commerce, Lexington, Kentucky (1996 – Present)

Professional Memberships

Ohio State Bar Association

— Council of Delegates: 1989-Present (District One)

Cincinnati Bar Association

American Immigration Lawyers Association

— Co-Founder: Ohio Chapter

— Past Chapter Chairman: Ohio Chapter

District of Columbia Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association



Applying for a United States Visa; A Practical Guide to the New Immigration Law, Plymouth, England: International Venture Hand Books (April 1993)


“Change in U.S. Immigration Laws.” Ohio Bar: Ohio Bar Association (July 1978)

Kentucky Bench Bar – Kentucky Bar Association (April 1978)

“Can an Alien be Your Employee?” Trade Briefs: World Trade Club (April 1978)

“Judicial Recommendation Against Deportation.” Cleveland Bar Journal (July – August 1981)

“Law and Fact, Cuyahoga County Bar Association”(August-September 1981)

Cincinnati Bar Association “Report” (October 1981)

Columbus Bar Association “Bar Brief” (September 1981)

Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky “Bench and Bar” (January 1982)

“Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.” Dayton Bar Briefs (December 1986)

“New Immigration Law Means New Restrictions.” Cincinnati Bar Association “Report” (June 1987)

“Can An Alien Be Your Employee?” Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter – Ohio State Bar Association (April 1989)

“New Court Advisement to Non-U.S. Citizens in Criminal Cases” Dayton Bar Brief (September 1989) Columbus, Ohio Bar Brief (December 1989)

“Highlights of the Immigration Act of 1990.” Dayton Bar Briefs (December 1990)

“Migrating to the U.S.A.” Panarama Magazine (June 1992) (Ukraine-Confederation of Independent States)

Overseas Jobs Express (July 15, 1991 – August 1, 1991) England

“Yes, You Can Hire Aliens!” C.E.O. Magazine (May 1993) Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana

“Immigration Law from Ohio to India.” Kentucky Lawyer (September 1995)


“Immigration Visas.” Before the Federal Bar Association of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio (March 16, 1982)

Testified before State of Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee February 15, 1989 and before State of Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee May 17, 1989 concerning legislation to allow alien defendants to be warned of possible deportation consequences for entering a plea in a criminal matter. This Bill was passed into law, with an effective date of October 2, 1989.

“Understanding Visas and Immigration Laws” Co-Sponsored by the World Trade Association of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and the Japan Society (October 4, 1990)

“Employment and the Immigration Act of 1990” Before the Personnel Administration of Central Ohio (February 12, 1991)

“Employment and the Immigration Act of 1990” Before the Rotary Club, Keerbergen Demer-Dijle, Belgium (February 28, 1991)

Kentucky World Trade Conference 1991, Moderator of session entitled “EC 1992” (April 10, 1991)

“Immigration Law for the Generalist” Ohio Continuing Legal Education Institute (July 19, 1991)

“Immigration Law” Middletown, Ohio Bar Association (January 23, 1992)

“Immigration Law” Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (March 30, 1995)

United Nations Association/ USA in Frankfort Kentucky Sept 25, 2006

Continuously lecturing before University Audiences

“What Family Lawyers and Divorce Attorneys need to know about U.S. Immigration Law.” “Ohio State Bar Association” 2007 OSBA Convention and Annual Meeting. May 16-18th, 2007 Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel & Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, Ohio