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George R. Ernst


Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

500 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 200

Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: (501) 371-9999


GEORGE R. ERNST has over a decade of experience as a business immigration attorney representing multi-national corporations across various industries. His practice focuses on advising clients in highly technical and complex matters relating to the employment of foreign nationals under the EB-5 program for international investors, EB-1 and EB-2 visas for employment-based immigration, national interest waivers, E-2 treaty investor visas, and H-1b and O-1 temporary work visas for STEM professionals, specialty occupations, and individuals of extraordinary ability. He also supports the Firm’s Employment Defense practice group in advocating for employers in the growing area of government-initiated I-9 audits and charges. He serves as a member of the Friends of KLRE/KUAR’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and he frequently writes and lectures on matters relating to immigration and employment law. George earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007, and then went on to attend Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, where he received his Master of Law degree in European Union and German Law in 2008. Prior to law school, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas. 



Pennsylvania, 2008

Arkansas, 2012

United States District Courts, Eastern & Western Divisions of Arkansas

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Humboldt Universität zu Berlin — Juristiche Fakultät, Berlin, Germany, LL.M. in European Union and German Law, 2008

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA, J.D., 2007

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, B.A. in German and Philosophy, both with Honors, 2004



Chair of CGWG's Diversity Committee

American Bar Association

American Immigration Lawyers Association



Jewish Federation of Arkansas (JFAR), Board of Directors, 2020 – Present

Mid-South Super Lawyers' "Rising Star," 2019-2020

Friends of KLRE/KUAR, Board of Directors, 2013 – 2019

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Journal of Technology Law and Policy, Executive Editor