“I firmly believe that America has been so successful because of our diversity and the fact that we welcome 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 Partner Emeritus of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP and co-founded the firm in 1980 in San Francisco. Now retired from the firm, David’s expertise has encompassed every aspect of international corporate immigration over his four decades of practice.

David, an eminent leader in the immigration field, is highly regarded for his depth of experience and industry-leading vision. He 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 was the first chair of the Immigration Committee of the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (WERC), and served as a board member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

David has provided testimony to the United States Commission to Reform Immigration and has spoken frequently 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. He has published prolifically on a wide range of immigration topics, and served as Assistant Professor of Immigration Law at Hastings College of Law, University of California, in an adjunct faculty positon.

David has been recognized by all the prestigious legal publications, including being ranked as a Senior Statesperson by Chambers and Partners, named to The Legal 500’s Hall of Fame, recognized among the nation’s elite corporate immigration attorneys by Lawdragon, and named one of the Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2006.

David remains active on the boards of organizations dedicated to healing the world. He is looking forward to spending more time with his two sons and his wife, to whom he has been married for nearly 40 years. He has a lifelong love of the outdoors and in his spare time can be found biking or hiking the many scenic trails in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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


Best Lawyers in America® 2006-2022
Chambers USA, Senior Statesperson
Chambers Global, Notable Practitioner
The Legal 500 Hall of Fame
Martindale Hubbell (AV)
Who’s Who Legal, Thought Leader

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)