“I firmly believe that America has been so successful due to our diversity and the fact that we assimilate our new immigrants into the society at large. I am grateful to have had the privilege of participating in this continuous remaking of America through the ongoing flow of immigration.”

David is a Founding Partner in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Over the years, David’s practice has encompassed every aspect of international corporate immigration. David currently focuses on working with human resources and global mobility professionals to optimize their companies’ worldwide immigration programs. He guides strategies for forays into new countries, and provides immigration plans for international mergers and acquisitions.  He helps companies address the worldwide challenges of global compliance, and has worked with major corporations to build out compliant visitor visa programs. David has served as Chairperson of the Northern California American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Bar Association of San Francisco Immigration Committee, as well as national Business and Industry Liaison to AILA. David has provided testimony to the United States Commission to Reform Immigration.  He is currently Chairperson of the Immigration Forum of Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (WERC). David is a frequent speaker on immigration matters before AILA, the Society for Human Resource Management, WERC, the National Foreign Trade Council and other professional associations, corporations, and research institutions. David served as Assistant Professor of Immigration Law at Hastings College of Law, University of California, in an adjunct faculty positon. He has published immigration articles on a panoply of immigration topics that include multinational transfers, mergers, layoffs, and exceptional merit visas. He has developed and overseen audits and trainings for international compliance. He advises companies in benchmarking for worldwide optimization of best immigration practices.

Education & Admissions

Juris Doctorate, Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts, High Honors, University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana
Admitted to: State Bar of California


American Immigration Lawyers Association
San Francisco Bar Association
Society for Human Resource Management
Worldwide Employee Relocation Council
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild


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Professional Accomplishments

Assistant Professor of Immigration Law, Hastings College of Law, University of California
Author, “GMS TM Module 1: Applied International Assignment Policy Development: Exhibit 10. American Essentials for Spouses and Children of U.S. Visa Holders,” Worldwide ERC (updated August 2012)
Speaker, “Compliance in a Mobile World,” Worldwide ERC Singapore Summit (March 2016)
Speaker, “Pathways to a Corporate Immigration Business Travel Program,” National Foreign Trade Council International Human Resources Management Forum (June 2015)
Speaker, “Immigration Issues in Europe, Middle East and Africa,” AILA Annual Conference, San Diego, California (June 2011)
Speaker, “Challenges in Asia Pacific Immigration,” Global Personnel Alliance Annual Business Immigration Conference, Washington, D.C. (May 2011)
Speaker, “Global and Mobile Corporate Immigration Trends in America,” Breakfast Briefing, Perth & Sydney, Australia (May 2011)
Speaker, “Evolution of Global Migration Programs in an Ever-Changing World,” Executive Mobility Group, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (June 2009)
Speaker, “Risk Management for Immigration Issues,” Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, Global Workforce Summit, London, England (June 2009)
Speaker, “Nonimmigrants – Key Concepts to Analyze,” AILA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (June 2009)
Speaker, “Americas Summit – Introduction to Facing the Challenges of Migration in North, Central and South America,” BAL Conference, Dallas, Texas (April 2009)
Speaker, "Examination of Global Immigration Responses to International Medical Disasters,” University of California School of Public Health, Berkeley, California (April 2009)
Speaker, “NAFTA Visa Challenges,” SHRM Global Conference, Toronto, Canada (March 2009)