David is a Director in the Immigration Practice Group.
The U.S. immigration system is confusing, complex, and administered by a vast and intimidating bureaucracy. David is a passionate advocate who expertly guides businesses and individuals through our astonishingly imperfect system towards their short- and long-term goals.
David has extensive experience in business and family immigration, and relishes the most complex of cases. His diverse practice encompasses:
- Temporary visa petitions and applications (such as B-1, J-1, H-1B, E-1, E-2, L-1, R-1, TN, and others);
- Permanent work-visa petitions and green card applications, including PERM labor certification, outstanding researcher/professor, extraordinary ability, multinational manager/executive, and National Interest Waiver cases;
- Family-based visa petitions and green card applications;
- Citizenship and naturalization;
- Processing before the National Visa Center;
- Processing before U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide (nonimmigrant and immigrant visas);
- Troubleshooting cases “stuck” within the U.S. immigration bureaucracy;
- Federal litigation of immigration matters in U.S. District courts.
David regularly presents to audiences nationwide on visa options for foreign students, litigating delays and denials, and other immigration topics. His articles have appeared in leading publications. David understands the legal and emotional challenges U.S. immigration law poses, and prides himself on being responsive, thorough, and thoughtful.
- Best Lawyers®
- Immigration Law, since 2024
- Virginia Business Magazine, Legal Elite, Immigration, since 2019
- Super Lawyers Virginia, Rising Star
- McNeill Law Society
- University of Richmond Law Review
Professional and Community Involvement
- AILA | American Immigration Lawyers Association
- NAFSA Association of International Educators
- FBA | Federal Bar Association
- RBA | Richmond Bar Association
- Author, Advising International Students to "Just Say No", NAFSA International Educator, Sept.-Oct. 2015.
- Author, Expiring Green Cards: Help!, ILW.com, Apr. 24, 2014.
- Author, De-compressing & De-stressing Ability to Pay, in Am. Immigration Lawyers Ass’n, 4 Inside Immigration, Issue 2 (2013).
- Co-Author, Termination of H-1B Employment: End of the Road?, ILW.com, Oct. 8, 2012.
- Co-Author, How Do You Solve a Problem Like ACWIA? Prevailing Wage Conundrums for Academics and Researchers, in Am. Immigration Lawyers Ass'n, Immigration Options for Academics & Researchers 147, 147-59 (Dan H. Berger & Rita Sostrin eds., 2d ed. 2011).
- Co-Author, Supreme Court Year in Review, 22 J. Civil Litig. 561 (2011).
- Co-Author, Yes, They Matter: Recent "Commonwealth Cases" Every Civil Practitioner Should Know, 22 J. Civil Litig. 197 (2010).
- Co-Author, Supreme Court Year in Review, 21 J. Civil Litig. 471 (2009).
- Co-Author, To Object or Not to Object? An Exception to the Contemporaneous-Objection Rule, Certworthy, Summer 2008, at 1.
- Presenter, NAFSA Annual Conference, OPT, STEM OPT, and H-1B: Endangered Species? (June 2018)
- Presenter, NAFSA Northern District Conference, OPT, STEM OPT, and H-1B: Endangered Species? (March 2018)
- Presenter, NAFSA Regions VI, VIII, XI, XII, and Tri-Regional (I, II, and IV) Annual Meetings, OPT, STEM OPT, and H-1B: Endangered Species? (October- November 2017)
- Presenter, NAFSA Regions VIII, XI, and Tri-Regional (I, II, and IV) Annual Meetings, Immigration Consequences of Drug Charges for Int'l Students (October-November 2017)
- Presenter, NAFSA Region XII Annual Meeting, Counseling F-1 Students with TPS: Clearing the Mud (October 25, 2017)
- Moderator, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, Family-Based Immigration: Preference Categories (June 2017)
- Presenter, NAFSA Annual Conference, Counseling F-1 Students with TPS: Clearing the Mud (May 2017)
- Moderator, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference, Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing—Workshop with the Experts (Dec. 9, 2016)
- Moderator, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference, Family-Based Immigrant Visas (Dec. 8, 2016)
- Presenter, NAFSA Region I, IV, V, VI, and VIII Annual Meetings, Counseling F-1 Students with TPS: Clearing the Mud (Oct.-Nov. 2016)
- Presenter, NAFSA Region IV and XII Annual Meetings, Immigration Consequences of Drug Charges for Int’l Students (Oct.-Nov. 2016)
- Presenter, Old Dominion Bar Association 2015 Annual Meeting, Immigration Law: The Basics, Practical Strategies, and Reform (May 29, 2015)
- Presenter, NAFSA Virginia International Educators Spring 2015 Conference, Say It Ain’t So: A Slap on the Wrist Can Get You Booted Out(Apr. 10, 2015) (providing overview for educators of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions)
- Presenter, Virginia State Bar/Virginia CLE 44th Annual Criminal Law Seminar, Immigration Issues: How to Avoid the Road Home (Feb. 7 & 14, 2014) (regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions).
- Moderator, American Immigration Lawyers Association, D.C. Chapter Fall Conference, Let It Ride: Appeals and Federal Litigation (Nov. 13, 2013)
- Presenter, Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Fall CLE, Crimmigration Law: When Something Is What It Isn’t (Oct. 25, 2013) (regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions).