Jathniel Shao

Immigration Lawyer

Jathniel Shao

Immigration Lawyer

Meet Jathniel Shao

Jathniel Shao is a lawyer in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Manila. Originally from Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown, Jath grew up bouncing between Asia and America and speaks Hokkien, Mandarin, and Tagalog fluently. He practices the full spectrum of immigration law, from the humanitarian asylum, refugee, or special immigration petitions to all types of family-based and employment immigration and removal defense. He is a member of the bars of New York, Ohio, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jath received his BA from Beloit College in Wisconsin, and his JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was a founding board member of the Asian Law Student Association (ALSA) and the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Ohio (FALA Ohio). At the same time, he was a law clerk here at Herman Legal Group. Prior to rejoining Herman Legal Group as Of Counsel, he worked in the legal services department of Asian Services in Action and volunteered with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. He also serves as a board member of the Narramore Christian Foundation.

As an immigrant himself, Jath understands the joys and pains of immigrant life, and the different journeys immigrants go through to achieve their American dreams and secure better futures for their families and children.

Attorney Jathniel Shao

Areas of Practice

Years of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of Ohio
  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Immigration Courts
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)


– Earned an “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest skill and ethics ratings based off reviews from peers and judges

– Lead Counsel rating in Immigration Law by the Lead Counsel Review Board (2013).

– Clients Choice Award and Top 10 rating as an immigration lawyer on the law website, AVVO.

– Voted for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

– Voted for the 10th year in a row to be included in the Super Lawyers magazine.



– Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Professional Associations


A lawyer without borders: Richard’s passion for immigrants and immigrant rights resonates with his own family life. A Cleveland, Ohio native, Richard practiced international business law in Moscow. He is married to Dr. Kimberly Chen, an internal medicine physician born in Taiwan. Raising two children and exposing them to as many cultures as possible, Richard sees the world becoming more blended an interconnected each day.

Contact Jathniel

Cleveland Law Office
815 Superior Avenue, Suite 1225
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 696-6170
Email: jath@lawfirm4immigrants.com

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Chicago Law Office
6127 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 232-3200
(216) 696-6170
Email: jath@lawfirm4immigrants.com

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New York Law Office
29-28 41st Avenue,
Queens, NY, 11101
(929) 298-7700
(216) 696-6170
Email: jath@lawfirm4immigrants.com

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Philippines Law Office
Unit 801 Fort Legends Towers,
3rd Ave Corner 31st St.
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Email: jath@lawfirm4immigrants.com

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