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David M. Serwer

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

David M. Serwer represents and advises employers in legal matters related to the global transfer of personnel. He is a frequent speaker on topics relating to US immigration law and compliance, and has written numerous articles for US and international publications. Mr. Serwer is editor of the Firm’s Global Immigration & Mobility Update, and was co-author of the United States Business Immigration Manual. He is also actively engaged in pro bono legal work, managing and directing 2-3 naturalization clinics per year and represents 10-20 naturalization applications each year at naturalization hearings.

Practice Focus

Mr. Serwer’s practice focuses on global migration and executive transfers. He advises on corporate and employment-based immigration law — including non-immigrant work visa petitions, permanent employment certification applications and immigrant visa petitions. Together with his Chicago colleagues, Mr. Serwer manages approximately 2,000 cases on behalf of multinational companies — with each file or employee having a non-immigrant visa and possible immigrant visa matter pending.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Assisted clients in the transfer of foreign employees with specialized knowledge to help in the technical development of a product or management of US operations.
  • Provided advice to US companies seeking to keep foreign workers beyond the finite non-immigrant visa period.
  • Designed creative and streamlined strategies in obtaining permanent residence for its foreign clients.
  • Wrote appeals to the appropriate administrative board review when the government does not approve a visa petition.
  • Assisted clients in complying with employment verification requirements and accompanying anti-discrimination provisions.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association - Chair, Young Lawyer's Section's Immigration Law Committee

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois~United States (1996)
  • Illinois~United States (1996)
  • Illinois Supreme Court~United States (1996)

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT) (J.D.) (1996)
  • University of Michigan (B.A.) (1993)

Languages

  • English