The practice provides a network of dedicated immigration lawyers to its clients throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. David Asser is a member of the California Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. This Association has over 5,000 members dedicated to immigration law.
David has developed an extensive network of immigration attorneys and professionals throughout the world. This unique network allows the firm to provide immigration advice to its clients on matters in other places in the world, particularly Europe, Asia and South America.
David has worked in the field of immigration law since 1996. He has helped many clients in complex immigration situations. His case record includes deportation matters, asylum, labor certifications, temporary visas, family based immigration and international mobility.
Born in Amsterdam, David lived in The Netherlands until 1986 and traveled to the US that same year. He moved back to The Netherlands in 1990 to pursue a career in the Theatre, Film and Television Industry as a writer, producer, actor and director. He developed several drama series for the Dutch networks, including the first environmental crime story “A trace of blue sand”, produced television shows, had guest appearances in various tv-comedy series, movies and a starring role in the English language production of “Speed-the-Plow”, a David Mamet play that toured Holland in 1995.
From 1996 until 1999 he served as the Press Secretary and Spokesperson of the Justice Department of The Netherlands in The Hague and as an International Policy Advisor for the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization service. In this capacity he was involved in many high profile cases. David was the press secretary in a time when immigration law was the hottest issue in the European debate and the laws were challenged on a daily basis: Iranian asylum seekers went into a highly publicized hunger strike; Somalia nationals, out of protest, set themselves on fire in front of government buildings; anti-immigrant sentiments were rampant; planes loaded with illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka landed in Holland and all but a few of the “illegals” disappeared; corruption and fraud was discovered within the Service; Amsterdam revolted against the immigration laws of the country.
David wrote several articles on the issue of illegal immigration, asylum and refugee law, which were published throughout Europe. In 1999 he helped an international study group draft a framework for the new immigration laws of Croatia.
In 1999 David immigrated to the US permanently. He worked with the Law Offices of John Alcorn in Irvine until 2000. John taught David the principles of immigration litigation. From 2000 until 2004, David was an associate attorney with Fragomen, handling business immigration matters.
David attended the Free University of Amsterdam, Law School (J.D., 1986). He graduated with a degree Media and Copyright Law. David Asser is a member of the State Bar of California. He handles complex litigation cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
David studied Film, Television and Theatre at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles from 1986 – 1988.
David lectures nationwide at CLE conferences on Immigration Law and has been an Associate Professor at California State University and Yavapai College, where he taught Immigration and Nationality Law. He provided services as an independent advisor to the International Organization for Migration, a Non-Governmental Organization. He served on the Congressional Committee of the Northern California Chapter of AILA. He received an award for his outstanding pro bono work from the Contra Costa County Bar Association for his services as a pro bono attorney with the Pacheco Immigration Project, a joint venture of the Catholic Charities and the Contra Costa Bar Association. He also provided pro bono services to the Immigration Hearing Project of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).
Rebilas v. Keisler, 506 F.3d 1161, 1164 (9th Cir. Nov. 2, 2007). Successful Appeal arguing that an Arizona conviction for attempted public sexual indecency to a minor is not a categorical aggravated felony because the statute does not require actual touching, the minor does not need to be aware of the perpetrator’s conduct.
Ortiz v. Napolitano, US District Court for Arizona (Oct. 19, 2009). Successful Writ of Habeas Corpus arguing that the client was eligible for bond, when the US Department of Homeland unlawfully detained the client for 14 months. Client was released 10 days later on $10,000 bond.
Migration is an inescapable fact of life and has been a given since the first humans wandered the earth. People have always sought better places to live and prosper. Whether the need was to be able to hunt for food or to look for a safe haven, people have been moving around forever and they will continue for times to come. In today’s world of globalization, migration has taken on a different meaning and the need for people and companies alike to be able to move has become increasingly important.
Our practice is committed to facilitating the migration needs of companies and individuals. We understand that global mobility is not a solution, but a tool. We know that migration, mobility and relocation is based on a desire for betterment and growth and we are committed to helping clients with the realization of this desire.
Migration brings people together from all over the world and mobility can act as an inspiration to many. This inspiration will help our clients finding new markets and increase productivity and potential revenue.
We understand that migration may be a necessity for clients and that they need the best possible service to achieve their goals in an efficient and cost-effective manner. This necessity may be caused by desire, or the need for cost effective business, production etc. Whatever the necessity, we'll find the most suitable global mobility solution for our clients.
An important aspect of migration is integration. Pure mobility alone will not be sufficient for people to be effective. We will assist our clients to feel comfortable with the global migration process anywhere in the world and advise them with regard to local laws, regulations, processes and “quirky” customs to ensure that our clients can spend their valuable time with the integration efforts within the “other” culture.
We believe that global mobility can help create a better world if it’s done right. The contributions of migrants throughout the world almost always lead to improvements and openness in a society (e.g. US in the last 200 years and Europe from 1600 – 1900).
We also understand that migration (global mobility) is not for everyone. And we will advise our clients of pitfalls and potential negative complications connected with migration. This could lead to an advice resulting in deciding against immigration at a certain time. We will always act in the best interest of our clients and not simply assist with obtaining a visa and/or work permit. We will help our clients analyze and decide the best possible way to attain their global mobility goals. Our practice will consult and educate clients on different levels on all aspects related to global mobility.
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