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Richard W. Pierce

  • Principal
Ann Arbor, MI

Dick attended Ohio Wesleyan University from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1963. He graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1966 and was admitted to practice in Michigan in 1967. After serving as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Washtenaw County (Michigan) for three years, he entered private practice in Ann Arbor in 1971. Dick is admitted to practice in all Michigan Courts, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 1985, Dick concentrates his practice in immigration and nationality law. He is an active member of AILA's Michigan Chapter, having served as Co-Chair of its INS (now CIS) Liaison Committee and Chair of its Michigan State Bar Liaison Committee. Dick is a Past President of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. For ten years, he chaired the District H Subcommittee on Character and Fitness of the Michigan State Bar Association.

Dick is the author of a variety of articles, including "Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986" (August 1987) "Immigration Aspects of the U.S. Canadian Free Trade Agreement," (August 1989) and "Love, Marriage, Divorce and Immigration" (May 2008), all of which appeared in Res Ipsa Loquitur. He has been an invited lecturer on immigration law at Ave Maria School of Law and Eastern Michigan University, a presenter at AILA meetings, and a frequent speaker to a number of organizations on immigration law.

Year Joined Firm


Areas of Practice

  • Immigration and Naturalization Law
  • Employment-Based Immigration
  • PERM Labor Certification
  • Family-Based Immigration
  • Permanent Residency/Green Cards
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • General Civil Law

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1967
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1984


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1966
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1963

Published Works

  • “ABCs of Immigration; or Immigration Light” , Res Ipsa Loquitur, January, 2016
  • “A Primer on Immigration & Its Effect on the U.S. Market” , ASAE: Center for Assn Leadership, October, 2015
  • "Love, Marriage, Divorce and Immigration", Res Ipsa Loquitur, May, 2008
  • "Immigration Miscellany: Passports, Nannies, Employer Sanctions", Res Ipsa Loquitur, May, 1996
  • "Immigration Aspects of U.S. Canada Free Trade Agreement", Res Ipsa Loquitur, August, 1989
  • "Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986", Res Ipsa Loquitur, August, 1987

Representative Clients

  • Fraunhofer USA, Inc.
  • Creative Automation, Inc.
  • Gehring, Inc.
  • Perry Johnson, Inc.
  • NanoBio Corporation
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Con-way Freight, Inc.
  • Great Lakes Fishery Commission
  • Michigan Avenue Animal Hospital
  • DNA Software, Inc.
  • Humantech, Inc.
  • LLamasoft, Inc.
  • EMAG Technologies
  • PRIME Research
  • Gudel, Inc
  • Brazeway, Inc.
  • A.J. Boggs & Co.


  • Comerica Bank, Ann Arbor
  • Andrews Office Supply, Ann Arbor, MI


  • Invited Lecturer, Ave Maria School of Law
  • Invited Speaker, Eastern Michigan University
  • Speaker on H-1B Visas and Green Cards, University of Michigan
  • Invited Lecturer, Washtenaw Community College
  • Invited Speaker, Chicago Spring Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Member, 1968
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, President, 1976 to 1977
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member, 1967
  • State Bar of Michigan, Chairperson, District H Committee on Character and Fitness, 1983 to 1993
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member, 1985
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Co-Chair, INS Liaison Committee, 1996 to 1998
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chair, State Bar Liaison Committee, 1995 to 1996

Past Employment Positions

  • Ellis, Talcott and Ohlgren P.C., Partner, 1971 to 1982
  • Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, 1968 to 1970
  • Tinkham, Snyder & MacDonald, 1967 to 1968


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