Scott E. Bratton

Scott E. Bratton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Margaret W. Wong & Associates
 | 3150 Chester Avenue, MWW Center
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-566-9908
Fax: 216-566-1125
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer (90%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

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 and an Ohio Super Lawyer. He has practiced immigration law for twelve 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), and Iao v. Gonzales, 400 F.3d 530 (7th Cir. 2005), which has been discussed in numerous newspaper and law review articles.  Mr. Bratton taught Asylum Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in the Spring Semester 2013.  Mr. Bratton is also a frequent speaker at immigration conferences, including at the National American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference.  He has also been quoted in numerous newspaper articles and written articles on immigration law.

Scott Bratton was the lead lawyer on the immigration case of President Obama’s aunt (Zeituni Onyango).  When Ms. Onyango came to Margaret Wong & Associates, she was subject to a final order of removal after her asylum application had been denied.  Mr. Bratton devoted countless hours preparing a comprehensive motion to reopen to address numerous issues with the prior hearing as well as a new ground for asylum based on recent events.  The motion was granted and Ms. Onyango was given a new asylum hearing.  Mr. Bratton represented Ms. Onyango at her hearing in Boston, Massachusetts on February 4, 2010.  Mr. Bratton presented Ms. Onyango’s case to the Court, which included multiple theories as to why she was entitled to asylum.  After a hearing that encompassed most of the day, the Immigration Judge requested closing briefs, which each party filed.  On May 12, 2010, the Immigration Judge granted asylum to Ms. Onyango in a 29-page decision.  This case was followed around the world. 

Mr. Bratton has been victorious in over ten published federal court cases.  These cases have had an enormous impact on immigration law, especially within the Sixth Circuit.  Earlier this year, Mr. Bratton won a case at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which expanded the class of individuals eligible to apply for asylum.  Mr. Bratton’s individual victories have had a significant impact on immigration law, as seen in many of his precedent-setting cases. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently issued a decision for one of his cases in Haider v. Holder, 595 F.3d 276 (6th Cir. 2010).  In order to obtain asylum someone must establish past persecution on a protected ground or a well-found fear of persecution on a protected ground.  The protected grounds are race, religion, nationality, political opinion (or imputed political opinion), and membership in a particular social group.  In Haider, the Court expanded the definition of imputed political opinion.  It also is precedent-setting for what constitutes persecution.

Mr. Bratton was also previously victorious in protecting the rights of immigrations in other Circuit court cases.  For example, in Singh v. Gonzales, 451 F3d 400 (6th Cir. 2006), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that it was improper to impute the fraud of a parent to a minor in an immigration case.  A fraud finding acts as a permanent bar to admissibility into the United States in the absence of a waiver, which is available in limited circumstances and is difficult to obtain.  Thus, a fraud finding can be detrimental to an immigration case.  This decision has helped many children who came with their parents to the United States on fraudulent documents to avoid the permanent bar. 

In 2010, Mr. Bratton was able to argue successfully that an Immigration Judge improperly denied a request for continuance to his client.  His client was detained and married to a United States citizen, and would have been eligible to apply for permanent residency upon approval of the visa petition filed by his wife.  Mr. Bratton argued that the Court must wait for the visa petition to be approved before proceeding with the case.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ultimately agreed.  As a result, the removal proceedings were ultimately terminated.  Wu v. Holder, 571 F.3d 467 (5th Cir. 2009).

About Scott Bratton

Admitted: 1997, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers in America 2010-2017
  • 2011-2017 Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2009-2010
  • Leading Lawyer for Northeast Ohio , Inside Business Magazine, 2004-2010
  • Inside Business Leading Lawyer, 2008
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, Rising Star, Law & Politics Magazine, 2005 - 2006

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ohio, 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 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 9th Circuit, 1998; U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2005; U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1998; U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit; U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 2007; U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit; U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2008,

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Legal Aid Pro Bono Clinic, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Executive Committee, C. Lyonel Jones Pro Bono Immigration Committee (2007 - current)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Discussed provisions of the Child Status Protection Act, including age calculations, immediate relatives, and its applicability to asylees/refugees, Speaker, Child Status Protection Act, 2015
  • The Categorical Approach After Descamps, Speaker, 2014
  • Speaker - Executive Office for Immigration Review Model Hearing Program in Cleveland, Ohio, 2009
  • Removal Seminar Series for in April, May, June 2009, Discussion Leader, 2009
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Immigration Court Update, Speaker
  • Adjustment of Status for the Atypical Entrant, Practice Points,  American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference Handbook - 2012
  • Speaker, Federal Court Litigation, Ohio AILA Conference November 2012
  • Discussion Leader, Adjustment of Status for the Atypical Entrant, National AILA Conference, Nashville, Tennessee June 2012
  • Speaker for the Ohio American Immigration Lawyers Conference on issues pertaining to fraud and material misrepresentations, 2011
  • Discussion Leader for a 3-part webinar for on removal proceedings for experts (2011) 
  • Speaker - American Immigration Lawyers Seminar on Cancellation of Removal 2012
  • Speaker- American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, Washington, DC 2010
  • Why Immigration Reform is Critical, Albany Government Law Review, Volume III, Issue 1 March, 2010
  • Practice Points: Representing a Noncitizen in a Criminal Case, The Champion (National Assoc. of Criminal Defense Attorneys), 2007
  • Judicial Profile: The Honorable Gary W. Smith, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge, The Federal Lawyer, Monthly Magazine of the Federal Bar Association, 2007
  • Representing a Non Citizen in a Criminal Case, Cleveland Bar Journal, May, 2006

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2015
  • Leading Lawyer for Northeast Ohio , Inside Business Magazine, 2004 - 2009

Educational Background:

  • Ohio Northern University, B.S., B.A.

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Office Location for Scott E. Bratton

3150 Chester Avenue
MWW Center
Cleveland, OH 44114

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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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