Theodore Ruthizer - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Theodore Ruthizer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991

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.

Additional Information

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

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.

Lafayette CollegeBA 1969Columbia Law SchoolJ.D. 1972
American Foreign Law AssociationNew York City Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationInternational Bar Association

Client Comments

"I work closely with Ted Ruthizer and am consistently impressed with his expertise and accessibility. In other firms, it is difficult to speak directly with a partner, but Ted is very accessible. It is clear that he is not only an expert on immigration law, but also that he cares deeply about providing the best possible solutions for his clients. I know my cases are in good hands with Ted, and I highly recommend him for all immigration matters."

-Theresa Halasz
Immigration Specialist
The McGraw-Hill Companies

Office Location

1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law of the New York City Metro Area
Theodore Ruthizer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Immigration Law (Business Immigration)