At a time when immigrants are often viewed in a negative light, Richard seeks to raise awareness that the foreign-born demographic is an entrepreneurial and talent-rich resource that helps make America great.
Research demonstrates that immigrants when compared to American-born, are:
- Twice as likely to launch a business in the U.S.;
- Twice as likely to invent and own a U.S. patent;
- More likely to have international relationships and cultural skills to navigate new export markets and attract investment from abroad.
Forty percent of the Fortune 500 were founded by immigrants or their children.
Richard believes that immigrants have something more important to share with us than just their entrepreneurial output and innovation.
They have something to teach us.
Richard talks of immigrants as our “Dream-Keepers” — the ones that most fervently believe that the American Dream is alive and well. Their entrepreneurial and abundance mindset can help all of us, American-born included, by inspiring all us to “Think Like an Immigrant!” In Immigrant, Inc., Richard and his co-author, journalist Robert L. Smith, write about the power of the immigrant mindset and their 7 Keys to Success.
Richard is the founder of Herman Legal Group, an immigration law firm that speaks over 12 languages and is recognized by U.S. World News & Report’s “Best Law Firms in America.” Richard and his team of lawyers represent diverse clientele from Fortune 500 companies hiring foreign-born professionals to undocumented workers fighting deportation, from technology entrepreneurs seeking a visa to launch their new business in the U.S., to NFL teams hiring foreign-born football players.
As an authority on U.S. immigration law and a provocateur for immigrant-friendly, pro-entrepreneur policies, Richard is often invited to strategize and deliver keynote addresses around the country, as he has often done for Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch’s Partnership for a New American Economy, chambers of commerce, universities, and cities.
Richard focuses on maintaining a work/life balance, being present for his wife and children, and working hard to be a successful and positive force for his clients, his co-workers, and the community. From dressing up as Santa Claus and handing out Christmas gifts to children at Latino Churches, to teaching at a law school in the Mekong Delta, to sponsoring an essay scholarship for undocumented essential workers (“what do you think of when you hear the word ‘immigrant’?”), to providing pro bono immigration services to victims of domestic violence, Richard has traveled the world and has lots of stories and lessons to share.
Richard is married to Kimberly Chen, an immigrant from Taiwan who overcame her undocumented status to become an American physician. They live in the Cleveland area and have two children whom they have raised to be proud Americans and citizens of the world.