▪  Outside consultant for clients of the Hamilton County Public Defender's Office where criminal convictions may have immigration consequences.

▪  Appointed counsel for indigent defendants in Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


"Repairing our Immigration System," Cover Article, April 2015 CBA Report for Cincinnati Bar Assocation


Ohio Supreme Court  (2004)                                                               

United States Supreme Court  (2010)                                                

Federal District Court (Ohio Southern)(2005)                                 

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals  (2005)                                               

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (2008)                                              

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals  (2014)                                                

Immigration Agencies Nationwide (2004)                                 

As an attorney, I firmly believe that every client, and their case, must receive individualized attention.  Just like no two people are the same, no two cases are "the same."  I believe that keeping a client up to date and informed about the process of their case is of paramount importance.  Our clients must be provided with the tools and knowledge to make an informed decision, so calls get returned, and questions get answered.  I appreciate you taking the time to review our site, and my qualifications and licensures below.  I look forward to serving you. 


Ohio State Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Volunteer Lawyer's Project

American Immigration Lawyer's Association

Graduate: 2013 Cincinnati Academy for Leadership for Lawyers (CALL)

Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Speaking engagements

▪  Guest Lecturer at University of CincinnatiCollege of Law. (Course: Sixth Circuit Appellate Practice; focusing on state criminal and federal immigration law) (Spring Semester, 2006)

▪  Lecturer at YWCA  Clinic Against Violence Against Immigrant Women. (Topic: “Immigration, Affidavits of Support, and Spousal Support”)(December 2008)

▪  Lecturer at Greater Cincinnati Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  (Topic: “Immigration Consequences of Criminal  Convictions.” )(January 2009)

▪  Repeat Guest Lecturer and Student Teacher at N.K.U. Salmon P. Chase College of Law (Leading team of students to prepare pro bono immigration case for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals)(Spring Semester, 2009)​

▪  Lecturer at Butler County Bar Association “Family Law Seminar.”  (Topic: “Immigration, Immigrants, and Spousal Support”)(September 2009)

▪  Lecturer at Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association: Legal Briefing.  (Topic: “Immigration Basics, Work Visas, and Work Authorizations; “I-9” enforcement; Nationality-based Employment Discrimination; and Emerging Issues”)(May 2010)

▪ Lecturer at Volunteer Lawyers Project and Cincinnati Bar Association CLE: “Focus on Immigration and Related Criminal and Family Law Issues” (Topic: “Affidavits of (Spousal) Support”)(May 2011)

▪  Lecturer at Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association: Legal Briefing. (Topic: “What Should I Do When An Employee Gets Arrested?”)(February 2012)

▪  Lecturer at Cincinnati Bar Association “Immigration Law Primer” (Topic: “(Immigration Consequences of) Severing Relationships”)(March 2012)

▪  Lecturer at Butler County Bar Association “Immigration Law Seminar” (Topic: “Immigration as it Relates to Criminal and Domestic Relations Issues”)(October 2012)

▪ Lecturer at Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association: Legal Briefing.  (Topic: “New I-9 Issues and Employer/Employee Electronic Privacy in the Workplace”)(April 2013)

▪  Lecturer for Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office and Hamilton County Pretrial Services Office “Interpreter’s Division” (Topic: “Immigration Basics”)(April 2013)

▪ Lecturer at Volunteer Lawyers Project and Cincinnati Bar Association CLE: “Immigration Basics and Special Remedies for Children and Victims of Crime" (Topic: “Remedies for Removal”)(May 2014)

▪  Lecturer for Hamilton County Public Defender's Office -- Veteran's Day Seminar (Topic: "Immigration Consequences for the Criminal Defense Attorney")(November 2014)

Blake P. Somers

Managing Attorney

311 Elm Street, Suite 220, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

513.587.2892 / 513.621.2525 (fax)

Representative Decisions

State v. Diaz, 2007-Ohio-6033 (12th Dist. 2007)

Saqr v. Holder, 580 F.3d 414 (6th Cir. 2009)(published)

Keeling v. Warden,
673 F.3d 452 (6th Cir.  2012) (published)

Ruiz-Del-Cid v. Holder, 765 F.3d 635 (6th Cir. 2014) (published)

Xavier University (2001)                      
B.A. History (University Scholar) -- Minor Theology 
Magna Cum Laude                                          

University of Cincinnati College of Law (2004)
Dean's Honor's List, Order of the Barristers
Leo J. Breslin Scholar of Law

Honors and Distinctions 

▪  Member of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS) liaison committees to Ohio Chapter of the  American Immigration Lawyer's Association

▪ Selected as an Ohio Rising Star in Super Lawyers every year since 2010