Scott Eric Bratton

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Scott Bratton is a Partner at Margaret Wong and Associates LLC. His practice includes removal defense, political asylum, federal litigation, criminal law, and assistance in business and family based visas. Mr. Bratton is an experienced litigator who practices regularly in courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Bratton has practiced immigration law for almost eighteen years and has been the attorney of record on numerous precedent-setting cases, including Cece v. Holder, 733 F.3d 662 (7th Cir. 2013)(en banc), Mandebvu v. Holder, 755 F.3d 417 (6th Cir. 2014), Debartolo v. United States, 2015 U.S. App. Lexis 10831 (7th Cir. 2015), and Madrigal v. Holder, 572 F.3d 239 (6th Cir. 2009).  Mr. Bratton also represented President Obama’s aunt and uncle in their immigration court proceedings, which led to their applications being granted.

Mr. Bratton is regularly selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and as an Ohio Super Lawyer.  Mr. Bratton is an adjunct faculty member at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he teaches Asylum and Removal Proceedings. He also frequently speaks at immigration conferences throughout the United States.  Additionally, Mr. Bratton serves on AILA’s National Litigation Steering Committee and is the EOIR liaison Chair for the Ohio AILA Chapter.


Areas of Practice

  • Federal Litigation
  • Consular Processing
  • Criminal Law
  • Removal Defense
  • Naturalization
  • Family Immigration
  • Employment Immigration


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio
    B.S. B.A.
    Honors: With Honors


  • State of Ohio Bar, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2008

Published Works

  • Representing a Non Citizen in a Criminal Case, Cleveland Bar Journal, May, 2006
  • Judicial Profile: The Honorable Gary W. Smith, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge, The Federal Lawyer, Monthly Magazine of the Federal Bar Association, 2007
  • Practice Points: Representing a Noncitizen in a Criminal Case, The Champion (National Assoc. of Criminal Defense Attorneys), 2007
  • Why Immigration Reform is Critical, Albany Government Law Review, Volume III, Issue 1 March, 2010
  • Adjustment of Status for the Atypical Entrant, Practice Points,  American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference Handbook – 2012
  • Dealing with Increased Enforcement and E-Verify and Secure Communities Issues, New Developments in Immigration Enforcement and Compliance, 2012 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Trends in Immigration Law (Inside the Minds)
  • The Categorical Approach after Descamps, Ohio AILA Conference (October 2014)

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Has the Child Status Protection Act Aged-Out, AILA National Conference, National Harbor, Maryland (June 20, 2015)
  • Taking the Next Step:  Appeals to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio (June 3, 2015)
  • Asylum 101, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Conference, Washington, DC (March 27, 2015)
  • Defining Particular Social Groups for Asylum Cases, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Conference, Washington DC (March 27, 2015)
  • AILA Colorado Rocky Mountain Immigration Law Conference, Panel on Child Status Protection Act, October 17, 2014, Denver, Colorado
  • AILA Ohio/Michigan Conference – “Deportable No More: Moncrieffe, Descamps, and Ohio and Michigan criminal statutes” October 10, 2014, Toledo, Ohio
  • Practicing Immigration Law in the Age of the Internet, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, May 2014
  • Child Status Protection Act – Maintaining Your Sanity, AILA, May 2014
  • Relief from Removal, AILA National Conference, San Francisco, CA (June 2013)
  • Cancellation of Removal, American Immigration Lawyers Association Seminar (2012)
  • Adjustment of Status for the Atypical  Entrant, 2012 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Updates from the Immigration Bench, US Immigration Court, Cleveland, Ohio (October 14, 2011)
  • Removal for Experts, Discussion Leader of 3 part seminar on on (April and May 2011)
  • The implications of Padilla v. Kentucky, Ohio AILA Conference (Columbus, Ohio)- November 2010.
  • Child Status Protection Act, National American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference, Washington, DC, National American Immigration Lawyers Association, July 3, 2010
  • Federal Litigation, Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Bar Association, December 1, 2009
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Model Hearing Program, US Immigration Court, 2009
  • Removal Proceedings, Discussion Leader for 3 Webinars for, 2009
  • Cutting-Edge Issues in Asylum Law, Ohio AILA conference, 2009
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2008
  • Immigration Court Update, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2008
  • The Who, What, Where and Why of the Immigration Court (Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Bar Assoc., December 14, 2007
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Model Hearing Program, US Immigration Court, November 30, 2007
  • What Employers and Partners Need to Know about Work Authorization, National Asian Pacific American Bar Assoc. National Convention (Las Vegas, NV), November 17, 2007
  • Criminal convictions and Adjustment of Status, Immigration Law Weekly Seminar, August 9, 2007
  • Federal Litigation in Immigration Cases, Cuyahoga County Bar Assoc., Annual Immigration Seminar – , 2006
  • Immigration law changes and Proposed Future Policies, National Asian Pacific American Bar Assoc Nat’l Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2006
  • Asylum Law, Case Western Reserve Univ, Law School, 2006
  • Everything you wanted to know about Immigration Law, National Asian Pacific American Bar Assoc (NAPABA) Nat’l Conference, Philladelphia, PA, 2006
  • Post-Conviction Remedies, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, 2005
  • Defenses in Removal Proceedings, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Area, 2005
  • Aggravated Felonies, Cleveland Bar Association, 2004
  • Removal Proceedings, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, 2002 – 2003
  • Case Western University School of Law panelist: Viewpoint Forum “The Debate Over Immigration”, 2016
  • AILA audio seminar panelist: “Gender-Based Asylum Claims” focusing on domestic violence based asylum claims, September 13, 2016
  • Ohio AILA Chapter Annual Conference: Speaker on “Removal Strategies With a Focus on Criminal Issues”, October 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: 2010-2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyer: 2010-2016
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2005 – 2009
  • Ohio Super Lawyer in Immigration Law 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • AILA National Litigation Steering Committee: June 2015 – present
    • AILA National Amicus Committee: June 2014 – June 2015
  • EOIR Liaison Chair (Ohio Chapter): 2010 – present
  • Litigation Committee – Ohio Chapter: June 2015 – present
  • Ohio Asylum Liaison Chair: September 2016 – present
  • Executive Committee of the Ohio AILA Chapter: September 2016 – present
  • Secretary of the Ohio AILA Chapter: September 2016 – present

Pro Bono Activities

Executive Committee, C. Lyonel Jones Pro Bono Immigration Committee, 2007 – Present