Immigration Law in Ohio
65 East State Street, Suite 1400, Columbus, OH, 43215
People. Passion. Performance. These are the key elements that have made up the DNA of Hahn Loeser since our earliest beginnings nearly 100 years ago.
At Hahn Loeser, our people are our foundation. We have built a team of highly skilled attorneys and staff members across the United States who offer our clients creative business solutions and a collaborative approach that distinguishes us from other law firms. When it comes to our employees, we don’t compromise. Our edge has come from focusing on the people we serve and the people who serve them. The varied backgrounds of the attorneys at Hahn Loeser are representative of the firm's long-standing tradition of diversity. This diversity has fueled the development of a wide-ranging practice and enables Hahn Loeser to maintain the strong relationships we’ve cultivated over many years with different segments of our communities. At Hahn Loeser, we want to understand your business and personal goals so we can help you achieve your objectives based on your individual business needs.
Hahn Loeser’s client-centred approach is possible because we have built a team of highly skilled attorneys and staff members across the country who work together across practice disciplines and office locations to find creative solutions to client problems.
With more than 100 attorneys, we have a national presence and have grown to six offices in strategic locations around the country, including Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Naples and Fort Myers, Florida; San Diego, California; and Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1920, Hahn Loeser is now one of the 500 largest law firms in the United States, as determined by The National Law Journal. We are large enough to handle complex litigation and transactions, yet small enough to offer our clients highly personalized service.
At Hahn Loeser, we have developed a culture of excellence in a wide breadth of practices and industries and our biggest passion is for our clients and helping them achieve their goals. We look at issues through the eyes of our clients, always keeping their priorities at the forefront.
Our clients are successful businesses, institutions and individuals who expect and appreciate attention and results. All too frequently, lawyers tell clients what cannot be done. At Hahn Loeser, we start from the opposite premise. We help clients achieve their business and personal objectives quickly and efficiently. Our team takes the time to learn the complexities of our clients’ operations, their goals and aspirations, and their future needs.
We think this is the kind of value that clients should expect from their professional service providers, and we believe it’s why we have established so many long-standing client relationships – some dating back decades.
We are passionate about the work we do for our clients, each and every day. We aim to strike a balance between an entrepreneurial and a team-based approach; a strategic perspective that offers true value; extremely responsive service alongside a flawless work product; and, importantly, proven intelligence alongside humility.
We strive for results and client service that defy expectations. Hahn Loeser has been recognized four times as a “Go-To Law Firm” for the Top 500 Companies in the United States by American Lawyer Media (ALM) in the categories of commercial litigation and intellectual property. The recognition is based on surveys of in-house counsel at some of the largest companies in the country.
For 16 consecutive years, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked the firm or one of its attorneys in one or more of the following practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Corporate/M&A, Commercial Services/Restructuring, Construction, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment.
Our attorneys provide expert advice in almost every major area of law, and our work extends far beyond the borders of the United States. Our recent international work has focused on Western Europe (Germany and the United Kingdom), the Pacific Rim (China, Japan and South Korea) and Latin America (Mexico, Brazil and Argentina). We go where our clients need us to go, and we provide flexible fee arrangements that help our clients control costs and achieve their objectives.
We’ve learned to deliver value in everything that we do, but we know that value should never come at the expense of real strategy. The key is a balance. Hahn Loeser helps clients find creative solutions to their business and legal challenges without giving up on zealous advocacy to defend their rights. It’s what we like to think of as balance without compromise.Show more +
Trained as a labour and employment lawyer and included in The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management, 2021, Don Slowik concentrates on complex and challenging employment-based immigration filings for U.S. and international companies and foreign entrepreneurs and investors. With more than 35 years of experience, Don has a deep understanding of employer needs and HR considerations, and skills in statutory interpretation (having served as legal counsel in the Ohio legislature). He has the experience and ability to litigate immigration cases in federal district court when necessary.
Don has developed an in-depth understanding of immigration laws and takes a creative, problem-solving approach to serve the needs of clients, whether it is to hire a recently graduated foreign student in the United States or to transfer critical personnel from abroad. He regularly guides business clients, including Fortune 500 companies as well as small businesses, through the process of obtaining temporary visas and permanent immigration status for foreign nationals whom they seek to employ. He counsels employers on E-Verify and I-9 compliance and defends them during DOL or DHS investigations, including investigations of immigration-related discrimination claims.
Don devotes substantial time to sharing his expertise with colleagues and other professionals. He has written on the topic of immigration law for employment attorneys in Labor and Employment News published by the Ohio State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He contributed a chapter about best practices of an immigration lawyer to the Thomson Reuters/Aspatore Law Books series. He has also published immigration-related pieces in Business Finance Magazine, Columbus Business First and the Columbus Bar Association’s Bar Briefs magazine, among others.
Don has presented on the topic of alternatives to H-1B visas at the Annual Fall Conference of the Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has spoken on immigration topics at seminars and meetings held by the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Employers Research Association, the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio and the Ohio Association of Realtors.
Since 2007, Don has served as Adjunct Professor Employment Law, Capital University Law School Paralegal Program. He was formerly a Board Member of the Columbus International Program and currently serves on its Advisory Council. He was an original member of the EEOC’s volunteer mediation program and continues to mediate employment cases for the agency.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Author, “Immigration law pointers for employment attorneys,” Ohio State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Labor and Employment News, Vol. 22 Issue 1, 2014.
- Presenter, “Alternatives in the Face of no H1Bs,” 10th Annual Immigration Law Institute, Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, November 2012.
- Author, “Fitting Square Pegs into Round Holes: Best Practices of an Immigration Lawyer,” Inside the Minds, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2008.
- Senior Counsel, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2018-present.
- Partner and Founding Member, Slowik & Robinson, LLC, 2003-18.
- Partner, Lane, Alton & Horst, 2000-03.
- Law Offices of Donald C. Slowik, 1992-2000.
- Senior Associate, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, 1986-92.
- Associate, Alexander, Ebinger, Fisher, McAllister & Lawrence, 1983-86.
- Minority Counsel, Ohio House of Representatives, 1981-83.
- Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Clermont County, 1981.
- State of Ohio, 1980.
- Harvard University Law School Mediation Workshop, 1991.
- The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., 1980.
- Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1975.
- Honours & Awards: Distinction in Philosophy.
Memberships & Affiliations
- Ohio State Bar Association, Member; OSBA Committee on Dispute Resolution, Former Chair.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member.
- Capital University Paralegal Program, Adjunct Professor of Employment Law.
- Columbus International Program, Member, Advisory Council.