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Margaret W. Wong & Associates

Scott Eric Bratton

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Mr. Scott Bratton is a Partner at Margaret Wong and Associates Co, LPA. His practice includes removal defense, political asylum, federal litigation, consular processing, 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 received his BA in Business Management from Ohio Northern University in 1993 and his JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1997. Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Bratton was a partner in the law firm of Bratton & Ratliff Co., LPA, where he practiced federal and state criminal law.

He has been named a Leading Lawyer by Inside Business Magazine on numerous occasions and an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star by Cincinnati Magazine, which is an honor reserved for the top 2.5% of  lawyers under 40 in Ohio. Mr. Bratton has was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the fields of Immigration Law and Deportation.  He has practiced immigration law for almost fifteen years and has been the attorney of record on numerous precedent-setting cases, including Liao v. Rabbett, 398 F.3d 389 (6th Cir. 2005), Singh v. Gonzales, 451 F.3d 400 (6th Cir. 2006),  Madrigal v. Holder, 572 F.3d 239 (6th Cir. 2009), Wu v. Holder, 561 F.3d 467 (5th Cir. 2009),  and Iao v. Gonzales, 400 F.3d 530 (7th Cir. 2005), which has been discussed in numerous newspaper and law review articles.  He is also a frequent speaker at immigration conferences and has been quoted in several newspaper articles.

Areas of Practice

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

Education

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

Admissions

  • 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)

Representative Cases

  • State v. Yahya, 2011-Ohio06090 (Ohio App.10th Dist. 2011)
  • Iao v. Gonzales, 400 F3d 530 (7th Cir. 2005)
  • Nwakanma v. Ashcroft, 352 F3d 325 (6th Cir. 2003)
  • Guchshenkov v. Ashcroft, 366 F3d 554 (7th Cir. 2004)
  • Matter of Adamiak, 23 I.&N. Dec. 878 (BIA 2006)
  • Oboichuk v. Gonzales, 2006 WL 1876917 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Alami v. Ashcroft, 2004 WL 24916666 (5th Cir. 2004)
  • Hegyi v. Gonzales, 2005 WL 1385950 (6th Cir. 2005)
  • Shurney v. INS, 2001 F.Supp2d 783 (N. D. Ohio 2001)
  • U.S. v. Adkins, 274 F3d 444 (7th Cir. 2001)
  • State v. Abi-Aazar, 2003 Ohio 4780 (Ohio App 9th Dist. 2003)
  • State v. Quran, 2002 Ohio 4917 (Ohio App. 8th Dist. 2002)
  • State v. Creary, 2004 Ohio 858 (Ohio App. 8th Dist. 2004)
  • Salehian v. Novak, 2006 WL 3041109 (D.Conn. 2006)
  • Duan v. Zamberry, 2007 WL 626116 (W.D. PA 2007) ( )
  • Shah v. Hansen, 2007 WL 3232353 (N.D. Ohio 2007)
  • Gao v. Gonzales, 2006 WL1049059 (2nd Circuit 2006)
  • Shayesteh v. Hansen, 2008 WL420054 (ND Ohio 2008)
  • State v. Rodriguez, 2007 – Ohio 6835 (8th District Court of Appeals 2007)
  • Gordon v. Mukasey, 2008 WL 2001732 (6th Circuit 2008)
  • Zheng v. Mukasey, 302 Fed.Appx. 47, 2008 WL 5174773 (2nd Circuit 2008)
  • Wu v. Holder, WL1619907 F.3d (5th Circuit 2009)
  • Madrigal v. Holder, 572 F.3d 239 (6th Circuit 2009)
  • Liu v. US Attorney General, 2010 WL 93273 (11th Circuit 2010)
  • Haider v. Holder, 595 F.3d 276 (6th Circuit 2010)
  • Hakim v. Holder, 628 F.3d 151 (5th Cir. 2010)
  • Li v. Att’y Gen., 414 Fed.Appx. 482 (3d. Cir. 2011)
  • Avalos-Cieza v. U.S. Attny Gen., 449 Fed. Appx. 898, 2011 WL 6822189 (11th Cir. Dec. 29, 2011)
  • Zheng v. Holder, 2012 WL 953707 (2d. Cir. Mar. 22, 2012)
  • Mandebvu v. Holder, F.3d, (6th Cir June 18, 2014)(published)

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Removal Proceedings, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, 2002 – 2003
  • Aggravated Felonies, Cleveland Bar Association, 2004
  • Post-Conviction Remedies, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, 2005
  • Defenses in Removal Proceedings, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Area, 2005
  • 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
  • Immigration law changes and Proposed Future Policies, National Asian Pacific American Bar Assoc Nat’l Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2006
  • Federal Litigation in Immigration Cases, Cuyahoga County Bar Assoc., Annual Immigration Seminar – , 2006
  • Criminal convictions and Adjustment of Status, Immigration Law Weekly Seminar, August 9, 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
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Model Hearing Program, US Immigration Court, November 30, 2007
  • The Who, What, Where and Why of the Immigration Court (Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Bar Assoc., December 14, 2007
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2008
  • Immigration Court Update, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2008
  • Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Model Hearing Program, US Immigration Court, 2009
  • Removal Proceedings, Discussion Leader for 3 Webinars for ILW.com, 2009
  • Cutting-Edge Issues in Asylum Law, Ohio AILA conference, 2009
  • Federal Litigation, Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Bar Association, December 1, 2009
  • Child Status Protection Act, National American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference, Washington, DC, National American Immigration Lawyers Association, July 3, 2010
  • The implications of Padilla v. Kentucky, Ohio AILA Conference (Columbus, Ohio)- November 2010.
  • Removal for Experts, Discussion Leader of 3 part seminar on on ilw.com (April and May 2011)
  • Updates from the Immigration Bench, US Immigration Court, Cleveland, Ohio (October 14, 2011)
  • 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
  • On June 30, 2013, Scott Bratton was the discussion leader of a panel discussing defenses to removal at the National American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference in San Francisco, California.  The panel’s discussion focused on the potential forms of relief available in removal proceedings.  Over 2,000 immigration lawyers attended the Conference.
  • Asylum Law – Cleveland State University, Law School, 2013-2014
  • Child Status Protection Act – Maintaining Your Sanity, AILA, May 2014
  • Practicing Immigration Law in the Age of the Internet, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, May 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer for Northeast Ohio , Inside Business Magazine, 2004 – 2009
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2005 – 2011
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010 – 2015
  • Best Lawyer Immigration Law 2014
  • Ohio Super Lawyer in Immigration Law 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • AILA Member
  • EOIR (Immigration Court) Liaison Chair, July 1, 2010 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

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


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