Mr. Leopold is the founder and principal of DAVID WOLFE LEOPOLD & ASSOCIATES Co., LPA. His diverse immigration, visa and citizenship practice focuses on complex removal cases, including trials, appeals, and federal court litigation; employment-based immigration for international medical graduates, researchers, scientists, high-tech workers, engineers and other skilled professionals; representation of foreign nationals at U.S. consulates abroad, including E-1 and E-2 treaty trader/investor visa applications and waivers of inadmissiblity; family-based immigration, including foreign spouses, fiancées, and family unity waivers; asylum; naturalization and citizenship; and I-9 compliance audits/employer sanctions defense.

Mr. Leopold is the past president and past general counsel of the Washington, D.C.-based American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the premier bar association of immigration lawyers and professors in the U.S. He has served as AILA’s liaison to the Department of Homeland Security’s key enforcement bureaus and co-founded the American Immigration Council’s Litigation Institute, a hands-on continuing legal education program focused on federal immigration litigation.

A nationally recognized immigration reform advocate, blogger, and public speaker, Mr. Leopold has testified as an immigration law expert before the U.S Congress. His opinions and analysis on cutting edge immigration issues frequently appear in major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, Al Jazeera America and CCTV.

Mr. Leopold lectures on immigration law and policy throughout the U.S. He served as a Senior Editor of AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Handbook and as a contributing author to AILA’s Visa Processing Guide. For nearly 20 years Mr. Leopold served as an adjunct professor of law at the Case Western Reserve and Cleveland-Marshall Schools of Law where he taught survey and advance courses on immigration, visa, and asylum law. 

He received his Juris Doctorate from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1985 and took a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan in 1980, where he studied economics.

Mr. Leopold is admitted to practice law before the bars of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.

Representative Cases:

Mendieta-Robles v. Gonzales, 2007 FED App. 0387N (6th Cir.2007); Tilley v. Gonzales, 2007 FED App. 0295N (6th Cir.2007); Pak v. Reno, 196 F.3d 666 (6th Cir. 1999); Pulice v. INS, 218 F.3d 505 (6th Cir. 2000); Roman v. Ashcroft, 340 F.3d 314 (6th Cir. 2003); Rosales-Garcia v. Holland, 322 F.3d 386 (6th Cir. 2003)(en banc); Roman v. Ashcroft, 181 F. Supp. 2d 808 (N.D. Ohio 2002); Denko v. Ashcroft, 351 F.3d 717 (6th Cir. 2003); Cline v. Catholic Diocese, 206 F.3d 651 (6th Cir. 1999). Independence Local School District Board of Education v. State Employment Relations Board et al. 62 Ohio St. 3d 134 (1991); Board Of Education Of The Strongsville City School District v. Theado, 57 Ohio St. 3d (1991); Mackey v. Steve Barry Ford, Inc., 1991 Ohio App. LEXIS 2574 (May 30, 1991); Theodore T. Theodore v. Geo Churchill, Inc., 1990 Ohio App. LEXIS 5961; Noll v. Nezbeth, 63 Ohio App. 3d 46 (1990); D'Ambrosi v. Vicorp Specialty Restaurant, Inc., 1989 Ohio App. LEXIS 628; Lazar v. Korman, 1987 Ohio App. LEXIS 9215; Dalzell-Milstein v. Midwestern Indem. Co., 1986 Ohio App. LEXIS 8631; Republic Steel Corp. v. Hailey, 30 Ohio App. 3d 103 (1986).


Retrogression of Employment Based Visas: The New Reality in Business Immigration, co-author, AILA (2006).

Getting Out: Strategies for Challenging Unlawful Detention in Federal Court, co-author, AILA (2006).

Visa Processing Guide, Contributing Author, AILA (2002-2005).

The Nuts and Bolts of Federal Court Litigation, co-author, AILA Immigration and Nationality Handbook (2004-05).

Advanced Issues in Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing, co-author, AILA Immigration and Nationality Handbook (2002-03).

Immigration Law and the Public Schools: Who is Entitled to a Free Public Education? Ohio School Law Journal (January/February 2000).

The Detention of Noncitizens: An Overview of the Law, Its Implication, and Legal Strategies, co-author, AILA Immigration and Nationality Handbook 34-67 (1999-00).

Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (AILA, 2005-2007), Senior Editor.

Litigation Toolbox, (AILA 2002), Contributor.

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