List recognizes immigration lawyers making great strides in the fight for justice
David W. Leopold, Chair of Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Immigration Law Practice Group, has been recognized on The National Law Journal (NLJ)’s inaugural Immigration Trailblazers list. The list highlights the accomplishments of those who have truly “moved the needle” on immigration policies. Mr. Leopold uses his litigation background and the courts to drive changes in immigration law and policy, a passion instilled in him by his father, a Holocaust survivor and refugee.
A nationally-recognized immigration reform advocate, writer, and public speaker, Mr. Leopold is one of the most outspoken and visible voices on the topic. He has testified as an immigration law expert before Congress, and regularly appears as a commentator on national cable television shows and in major print media outlets.
The NLJ receives a great number of nominations for its Trailblazers series and is extremely selective in the process of procuring the final Immigration Trailblazers list, choosing individuals who embody “the spirit that will shepherd and shape modern law firms in immigration going into 2019 and beyond.”
“It is an honor to be recognized by The National Law Journal for my work on immigration law and policy, and to be listed among such esteemed colleagues who pursue justice in this critical area of law,” said Mr. Leopold. “I applaud The National Law Journal for shining a light on the important issues affecting so many people in this country.”
Mr. Leopold is proactively involved in policy work around immigration reform. “Right now, it’s the reunification of children taken from their parents at the border,” he said. “I’m using years of experience as an immigration lawyer and reform advocate to fight for those who otherwise would have no voice and I’m doing it in the courts of law and public opinion, including social media, print, and television.”
Under Mr. Leopold’s direction, Ulmer’s Immigration Law Group boasts a track record of success in nearly every aspect of immigration, visa, and citizenship law, and brings decades of experience to immigration issues being faced by individuals and businesses today. Ulmer’s diverse practice focuses on employment- and family-based immigration, the representation of employers in Form I-9 compliance matters, complex removal cases (including administrative trials and appeals), and federal court litigation.
Mr. Leopold is also a past president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the premier bar association of immigration lawyers and professors in the United States.