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Mike founded the firm in 1991 as a way to have more time to play golf. To date, it has not improved his score but, he remains hopeful. In 2016, the firm celebrated 25 years of “Throwing One Starfish Back Each Day” Before beginning Hammond Law Group, Mike served as an associate at Benjamin, Yocum, and Heather handling civil trial work. When not working, Mike likes to spend time with his two children Ben and Kelsey and his grandson, Jax born in 2010. Jax is a pool lover so free time is spent grilling out, swimming and listening to Minecraft stories ! Ben is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Business Management. He is the General Manager of a Panera store in Columbus, Ohio. Kelsey is Jax’s mom and works at the firm as a paralegal. She is the artistic one in the family and for Christmas of 2010 presented Mike with a beautiful drawing of Jax which adorns his office.
Mike enjoys all types of sports and regularly plays basketball and enjoys hot yoga. He is an avid University of Cincinnati Bearcats fan. He ran his 1st half-marathon in 2012 when a client dared him that he couldn’t do it. Thanks Liz. It was such a fun experience, he has made the Miami Half-marathon a January tradition. From 2000 until 2005, Mike coached a girls select basketball team, the Ice Angels and during that time, they won over 95% of their games, won 1 national tournament and 2 international tournaments, one in London, England, and the other in San Marino, Italy. They also won over 25 other regional and local tournaments and played throughout the U.S., even making two trips to Hawaii. Mike and his brother Robert attend spring training baseball games in Florida each March. Mike’s youngest brother Jonathan is a recent law school grad and is working at the firm. Mike is an avid reader, and usually reads a book a week. His favorite works of fiction include Cosmic Banditos, Missing Links, Catcher in the Rye, The Dive from Claussen’s Pier and Bright Lights, Big City. His non-fiction favorites include Same Kind of Different as Me, Love Wins, and When the Caged Bird Sings. You can find him on Sunday mornings teaching elementary school age kids classes at Vineyard Cincinnati.
Mike likes to travel for both business and pleasure. He has traveled internationally to Toronto, Manila, Rome, Munich, Geneva, Paris, and London. He also travels a lot domestically primarily to meet with clients. He frequently meets with clients in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Tampa, Austin, San Diego, San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, and Washington D.C. Mike regularly conducts training seminars and internal audits for businesses. He especially enjoys Q & A presentations to groups of computer consultants or healthcare workers.
Mike’s practice focuses on representing corporations in the IT and healthcare sectors. He is the primary contributor to the firm’s Views on Business Immigration blog. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences hosted by TechServe Alliance and Staffing Industry Analysts. He has been named to the The International Who’sWho of Corporate Immigration Lawyers since 2008.
Key Trends in Accessing Talent Globally: Here, There, Everywhere
Panelist, TechServe Alliance 2012
IT Services Industry Annual Conference Miami, FL. 2012
Key Legal, Legislative & Regulatory Issues Confronting IT & Engineering Staffing & Solution Firms
Panelist, TechServe Alliance 2012
IT Services Industry Annual Conference Miami, FL 2012
Immigration Risks: How to Bring the Best Talent from Overseas
Panelist, Staffing Industry Analysts 2012
Contingent Worker Risk Forum San Diego, CA 2012
Successful Hiring & Retention of Canadian Healthcare workers by US Hospitals & Healthcare Staffing Cos.
Featured Speaker and Panelist, Marskell Career Fairs
Toronto & Vancouver 2005-2013
At Your Own Peril: A panel discussion on the key legal issues confronting the IT Services Industry
Panelist, TechServe Alliance Annual Conference
Phoenix, AZ 2011
The Demonization of H-1b and its implications: Where Do we go from here?
Panelist, TechServe Alliance 2010
IT Services Industry Annual Conference Orlando, FL 2010
Sue the Bastards: Corporate Appellate and Litigation Options
Panelist, American Immigration Lawyers Association Advanced Business Immigration Conference
Pittsburgh, PA 2009
Recruiting Internal Healthcare Workers
Roundtable Discussion Leader, Staffing Industry Analysts Healthcare Staffing Summit
Current Issues in Immigration for Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals
The Destruction of the Firewall and the H-1b Contingent Worker
Staffing Industry Analysts CW Risk Forum 2012
USCIS Site Investigations and H-1b Contingent Workers
Co-author with Cadence Moore
CW Risk Forum 2012
Take a Memo: USCIS adds costs, uncertainty and questionable legality in redefining the employer/employee relationship
Co-author Sherry Neal
National Foundation for American Policy 2010
The Nurse Immigration Book
Chapter: Managing or Achieving Expectations: The Key to Success
Current Health of the international healthcare staffing industry
NAHCR Directions 2008
Passing on H-1b costs to the employee?
Co-author with Damaris Del Valle
Recruitment in Canada: An ideal first place to recruit for healthcare workers
Crossing the Border: Handbook for the Recruitment of Canadian Healthcare Workers into the US.
Hammond Law Group & Marskell Group
Editor in Chief 2004, 2006
Obtaining an H-1b Visa For a Professional Nurse
Benders Labor & Employment Bulletin
University of Cincinnati (J.D., 1989)
Cedarville College (B.A., 1986)
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1989
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Kentucky, 1990
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
Ohio, Kentucky, and Cincinnati Bar Associations
American Immigration Lawyers’ Association
Cincinnati Bar Association