Margaret W. Wong, Esq.
Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., L.P.A.
last twenty years, Margaret Wong has built Margaret W. Wong &
Associates Co., L.P.A. into a law firm that is nationally and
internationally renowned for its expertise in Immigration and
Nationality law. Since 1991, she has been named among the "Best
Lawyers in America." She has received the top AV rating from
Martindale-Hubbell, and been cited as "one of the most
interesting women" and a "leading lawyer" by Cleveland Magazine.
her own personal experience as an immigrant, Margaret Wong
combines qualities Americans admire: an immigrant's work ethic,
an entrepreneur's drive, a keen sense of resourcefulness, and the
utmost compassion for those in need. In 1950, Margaret Wong was
born in the former British Colony of Hong Kong. Months earlier,
her Chinese parents fled the political repression and civil war
caused by the Communist takeover of China. In the late 1960s, she
came to the United
on a student visa, with little money and big dreams. She worked
as a waitress to pay her own way through college and law school.
In light of a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, she became one of
the first non-U.S. citizens licensed to practice law in New York
and Ohio. She is now a U.S. citizen.
her own experience of obtaining a green card and U.S. citizenship
under U.S. immigration law, Margaret Wong recognized that
companies and individuals need sound guidance in this highly
regulated, seemingly arcane, and sometimes frustrating,
regulatory area. She founded Margaret W. Wong & Associates with
one desk and no secretary. Her practice now includes 7 attorneys
and 40 other staff members. Over the last two decades Margaret
Wong has helped employers obtain work permits for their
executives and has assisted thousands of people in coming to the
United States to become permanent residents, advance their
educations, work, and pursue opportunities. Her clients come from
every country around the world, from every walk of life, and
range from governmental and corporate to ordinary people. The law
firm's talented team handles every kind of immigration problem;
its staff can speak 20 languages, including Chinese. Executives
and large law firms seek her help when they have tough
immigration problems. She is known for speed, quality, honesty
Wong is a civic leader who educates and inspires others. While
she was serving as the first Asian-American president of the
Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Cleveland
chapter won the coveted Chapter Activity Award. The Ohio Supreme
Court appointed her a charter member of the Continuing Legal
Education Commission for attorneys, where she is currently
serving as a member of its Racial Task Force. She has presented
numerous seminars on Immigration and Naturalization law for bar
associations and the public.
to giving something back to the community and to mentoring young
professionals, Ms. Wong has volunteered her time and expertise on
boards of diverse organizations, including educational
institutions (Notre Dame College, Cuyahoga Community College, and
Northeast Ohio Commission on Higher Education); legal
associations (Federal Bar Association, Cleveland Bar Association,
Ohio State Bar Foundation, American Immigration Lawyers, and
Asian Bar Association); civic organizations (Town Hall, the
country's oldest annual lecture series, where she hosted Hong
Kong's last British Governor); businesses (Greater Cleveland
Growth Association and Greater Cleveland Round Table); medical
institutions (University Hospitals of Cleveland and QualChoice);
philanthropic groups (United Way Services); and Law Schools
(Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University).
She has won
numerous awards, including two for philanthropy - the Margaret
Ireland Award from the Cleveland Women's City Club and the 1997
Creative Philanthropy Award from the Women's Community
Foundation. She was named to Cleveland Magazine's "Most
Influential Women" list and to the Crain's Cleveland Business
"Women of Influence" list.
Wong received the highly coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor in
May 1998 for her outstanding achievements and contributions to
the United States.